Tips for when driving is no longer an option

One of the most difficult challenges families face is the time when an older adult should no longer get behind the wheel of a car. The automobile is often seen as the last symbol of a person’s independence and removing that can be devastating.

“Giving Up the Keys” is a conversation about ways that families can deal with the situation when it’s time for a family member to no longer drive and make it as painless as possible for all concerned. The event will be held four times in July:

July 16

  • 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. at the County City Building 7th Floor Conference Rm.

(903 Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma)

  • 7 to 8 p.m. at the Soundview Building Conference Room 1

(3602 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma)

July 21

  • 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. at the Pierce County Annex Main Meeting Room

(2401 S. 35th Street in Tacoma)

  • 7 to 8 p.m. at the Sumner Library Meeting Room

(1116 Fryer Avenue in Sumner)

The conversation will explore issues commonly faced when Alzheimer’s and other dementias make driving dangerous – signs and symptoms of a problem, laws of the road, preparing for a conversation, the role of health care professionals and additional concerns.

“There is no more heart wrenching issue,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Manager of Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources. “Taking away the keys is a difficult decision and one that can tear families apart. So dealing with it with firmness and compassion is paramount.”

The conversation will be led by Lisa Troyer, a family caregiver case manager with Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. Lisa has frequently worked with numerous families dealing with this issue. Additional resources will be presented courtesy of community partners.

The conversation is free and open to the public. There is no RSVP required. For more information about the event itself, please call (253) 798-4600.

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