You might be wondering when the right time is to broach this subject with your parents and where you should start. As a starter, what you might want to do is gather the whole family, as this topic will affect the whole family. Every member of the family should get involved and contribute as it could be a sensitive topic to discuss. Here are a couple of points to start the conversation and help steer it in the right direction.
How To Have The Conversation With Your Parents
First of all, try to frame the conversation as a change and not as a loss. Make it clear that even though things are changing, it is a positive change.
Also make sure to state why you are concerned and the reasons why you chose the alternative methods you did for them. If your parents are insisting that they are fine, offer to take them for a safety evaluation from their doctor.
Do Not Use The “It Is Time To Stop Driving”
It is part of human nature to feel anxious or distraught when we are told that we can no longer do something that we have done for a very long time and that has become a part of us. If you opt to go the “it is time to stop driving” route, you are almost guaranteeing an argument.
When your parents hear the words “stop driving”, it might sound like a command to stop leaving the house and to stop having a life. Please note that some elderly people might not have an alternative mode of transportation in place, and because of that they might experience a depressive state once they cannot drive anymore.
So, the best way to approach the subject is to point out how they can keep safe while getting out and enjoying their life.
Find Alternative Transportation
One way to help your parents stay independent is with a mobility scooter. A mobility scooter will help them get to many places. One way you can contribute once they have acquired a mobility scooter, is to help them get familiar with driving it, or otherwise you can help them navigate the local bus, train, or subway system.
When you are presenting these options to them, you want to shift their mindset to how enjoyable it can be to make use of alternative transportation. You want to include facts like how someone they know is enjoying their life without driving a car.
Remember To Consider Their Feelings As Well
Being safe is obviously in the best interest of both you and your parents. When approached realistically, especially with the view on safety to them and to others, they will hopefully be more inclined to listen to you and will adjust their habits, including driving.
One very important thing is to show patience throughout the whole conversation as it will take time to sink in, for both them and you.
We hope that this article helps you identify the right approach to convince your parents to stop driving. Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions or if you feel we need to add more of these types of articles to our site.
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