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When do we park - for good?

Do we ever reach an age when we are too old to drive? Too slow in our reflexes? Tragedy can result.

An elderly friend of mine made decisions for herself when she thought she may pose a bit of a threat: she reduced the radius of her travel from home, drove only in daylight and (my favorite) stopped making left turns on any busy street.

She drove until the month before she died (at 91) and she volunteered at the hospital two days each week. She said she never wanted to be the cause of an accident; she would rather limit her own freedom. Yet, she was active and busy.  

How do we know when we might be a danger on the road?

(S-R archives photo)

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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