Helping elderly stay independent
A RECENT survey by Independent Age, the older people’s charity, revealed that 47% of drivers aged 70 and over in Wales say they would feel like they’d lost part of their identity if they were not able to drive, and for 91% of older drivers it would mean a loss of independence.
The survey was commissioned to promote our free advice guide, Behind the Wheel: Tips for safe and confident driving in later life. The guide has tips to help older drivers, and provides information on alternatives if they decide to stop driving. It is accompanied by online information for the families of older drivers around how to start difficult conversations about driving.
There are almost five million people over the age of 70 who hold licences in the UK, with more than 100,000 of those over the age of 90. There are many benefits to continuing to drive into older age and, as long as they remain safe, older people should be able to continue driving for as long as they want to. It’s also vital that people no longer able to drive have access to information on the options for getting around without a car.
Behind the Wheel is free to download from www.independentage.org/driving-guide or can be ordered by calling 0800 319 6789.