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Health Tip: Should You Still Be Driving?

Older people need to evaluate their skills, experts say

(HealthDay News) -- Problems that frequently affect older people -- such as changes in vision, arthritis or problems with memory -- should lead some seniors to conclude that they can no longer drive safely.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says if you or loved ones have noticed a lapse in your driving skills, you should consider:

  • Restricting driving only to certain times, such as during daylight hours.
  • Working with an occupational or physical therapist.
  • Adding devices to your car that can help you drive more safely, such as wider mirrors.
  • Quitting driving altogether, and relying on friends, family or public transportation for rides.
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