Apr 12, 2016 - 01:16 PM
I find that all I can do is allow her to hold on to whatever she wants and I simply try to calm her and constantly talking to her telling her everything is alright, and everything is fine. It seems to be a part of growing old. My mom still drives and seems to do fine when she drives herself, but for some reason, as her son, in her eyes I have turned into a suicidal maniac on the road and I can seem to do nothing to calm her.
So to answer your questions, just drive extra slow, I think if she felt she was going slow enough, that even if you did hit something, no damage would be done to anyone. It's also a good idea to engage her in conversation. Do whatever you can to take her focus off the road and off your driving. Lure her into a discussion about anything that she is passionate about or has strong opinions about. That helps a lot....keep her talking and not "observing".
But I can tell you that I am getting very close to a prerequisite for getting into my car will be to put on a blindfold. (LOL).
Wishing you the best!
"Next Level Memory Care"
Apr 13, 2016 - 06:36 AM
1.Change in the music in the car to a jazz cd she related to that and focused on the music. 2. We started taking shorter trips and she adapted to that for a while. 3. Riding in the back seat with my daughter! (my favorite) They played find the first blue or red car and always asked for a treat if they were good.
Every situation isn't settled this eaisly but stepping out and having that discusssion can be beneficial and identify if there is a more advanced issue that can be addressed with her doctor.