What types and how much medication your elderly loved one is taking can directly influence whether she’s able to continue to drive or not. Always talk to your loved one’s doctor about side effects from her medication and how they’re affecting your loved one.
The more difficult it is for your loved one to see properly, the more difficult it is for her to drive safely. Some medications cause changes in your loved one’s eyes that may not be permanent, but that can impact how well she can see. Your loved one might not even notice the blurry vision much until she gets in the car to drive and has trouble seeing everything that she needs to see.
Drowsiness or Dizziness
Many medications can cause dizziness or drowsiness. These are especially dangerous side effects for your loved one to deal with while she’s trying to drive. Sometimes these medications only cause drowsiness or dizziness if they’re taken on an empty stomach or at a certain time of day. Learn all that you can about the medication so that you can determine if this is a deal breaker for your loved one when it comes to driving.
Weakness or Fatigue
At the far end of the drowsiness side effect spectrum you have the medications that can cause your loved one to feel extremely fatigued or even as if her muscles are weaker than they really are. This side effect is dangerous because it means your loved one may fall asleep at the wheel or be unable to control her vehicle.
Confusion and Trouble Concentrating
Driving requires quite a bit of concentration and if your loved one’s medication causes her to lose her ability to concentrate or causes her to be confused easily, then she doesn’t need to be behind the wheel. For some loved ones, this side effect may be temporary or only occur if they take the medication at a specific time, such as at night.
Watch for side effects, especially in medications that are new to your loved one. Having a backup transportation method, such as elderly care providers who can drive for her, is an excellent way to compensate for problems with side effects.
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In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.