Transportation for seniors is an emotional, social and physical challenge.
When we were young a trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles was simply a necessary nuisance. It was time spent in long lines to take a mundane written test. Then, it was yet another long line, more time wasted, to take a driving instructor, who you’d never met, for a free ride around the neighborhood. Failing was not a concern. How quickly you could get out of there with your certificate was your only focus.
As we age, that simple driving test becomes more and more daunting. The questions become jumbled. Our minds no longer think in the simplest of terms but instead contrive all manner of circumstances that might or might not alter the answers. Passing or failing now becomes a matter of continued freedom – or potential lonely isolation.
HOWEVER, it need not be that way …
Planning ahead can make the transition from licensed driver to “CHAUFFEURED ELETE” a welcomed bonus! First, let’s modify our attitude towards the transition. We lessen our personal burden and the burden our family members experience. Let’s face it, family members are concerned we might unintentionally harm ourselves or someone else.
While we still have the privilege to drive – let’s plan life without it. You and another person decide to take a trip to a distant mall, a park or other venue by utilizing public transportation such as Uber, Lyft or a taxi. IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT THAT YOU SHARE THE EXPERIENCE WITH ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL. Is there an expense? Of course there is – that’s where careful planning becomes so important.
My wife and I used Uber for the first time when our garage door cable broke. This caused our door to jam making it impossible to remove our cars. Both of us were forced to used Uber. I was reluctant at first but the necessity to get to work outweighed the concern I had about driving with a totally unknown individual. I never considered the concern that individual might have picking up a totally unknown passenger!
Downloading the free application to my cell phone was easy. When the time came to push the button for a car, the application told me who would be picking me up, gave me a picture of the driver, described the car, gave me the license plate number and told me precisely when he or she would arrive. There was no exchange of money since my credit card was on file, totally protected. I simply enjoyed a pleasant ride and wholesome conversation. IT WAS FANTASTIC!
Set up a travel fund and prepare for those jaunts you wish to take or those appointments that are necessities. Plan, plan, plan.
Becoming more aware of your transportation opportunities will ease your mind. You may even enjoy new and exciting venues that were never before considered. They are available to you – TODAY!
Look past the worry, past everything that tells you that ending your privilege to drive ends your opportunities to enjoy life. It need not be. In fact, if that time should come, it will be time to enjoy, risk free, your freedom.
Turn challenges into … well … chauffeurs!
Loads of luv’n,