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Fri., Oct. 11, 2013, 4:09 p.m.

How Old Is Too Old To Drive?

It can be one of the most difficult conversations an adult child ever has with an aging parent: The discussion about Mom or Dad giving up the car keys because of declining health. The dilemma is one that many adult children will face in the coming years: The number of people 65 and older in the U.S. will increase from 47.6 million in 2015 to 72.7 million in 2030, according to the Census Bureau. In 2011, 17% of all traffic deaths in the U.S. involved people 65 and older, a group that made up 13% of the overall population, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But apparently, many simply aren't having that conversation/Larry Copeland, USA Today. More here.

DFO: My mother quit driving on her own accord at age 87, prior to moving into an assisted living facility. However, she gets around well, with three children in Coeur d'Alene to drive her as well as the center's van driver. We didn't have to have a difficult conversation with her re: the keys.

Question: Did you have a difficult discussion with an aging parent re: giving up the car keys?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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