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Old 06-19-2014, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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...I would offer to take any one of my neighbors to their appointments, or to the grocery store or pharmacy, but that would upset Robyn....
Seniors whose driving is a little impaired driving other seniors whose driving is more impaired isn't a joke. A woman about 80 in my father's place recently took 3 other seniors for a drive (don't know where). She apparently blew a stop sign (or similar) and was involved in one hellacious accident. Two of her 3 passengers were so seriously injured that they will probably never live independently again (they used to be able to walk - and now they're in wheelchairs). And she and the other passenger had far from minor injuries.

A friend of my father's was driven by another friend to a restaurant (along with 3 other passengers). When parking - the driver put her foot on the gas instead of the brake - and crashed into the side of the restaurant. All passengers were injured (although the injuries weren't major).

Drivers > 80 are the most dangerous drivers on the road - far more dangerous than teenagers. Robyn
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:38 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Nomoresnow, that's a shame but it is a reality, great point. Some will take advantage.

Luvmyhoss, I would hope in more urban settings there would be more interaction. Here we are a quarter mile apart, so we are the closest to each other.

If it were not for the extended family that hey enjoy I would happily do more for them.

'Pay it forward and see.' Great post.

Today we were visited by the Jehovah Witnesses, we get one about every five years or so. I would love to be the fly on the wall when the son up the road, who has nobody to interact with, proceeds to engage them in a conversation for an hour.......LMAO. Gloria is devout Catholic, oh the horror........
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Nomoresnow, that's a shame but it is a reality, great point. Some will take advantage.

Luvmyhoss, I would hope in more urban settings there would be more interaction. Here we are a quarter mile apart, so we are the closest to each other.

If it were not for the extended family that hey enjoy I would happily do more for them.

'Pay it forward and see.' Great post.

Today we were visited by the Jehovah Witnesses, we get one about every five years or so. I would love to be the fly on the wall when the son up the road, who has nobody to interact with, proceeds to engage them in a conversation for an hour.......LMAO. Gloria is devout Catholic, oh the horror........

CCc I engaged a J W one day for about an hour. I told him I was a retired Catholic and by the end of the conversation I was worshiping the devil and howling at the moon. He excused himself by saying I looked like I was busy. I had continued working on my car while he was talking. A beautiful summer day in New England it was.
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:17 AM
 
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The older drivers here voluntarily give up driving...

Can't think of anyone that has been a danger.

Friends that live in Reno had a father that was a hazard... he totaled two cars... one less than a week old... both cars had battle scars as evidence of hitting or going over things...

Having a car is independance... age is not a determining factor... ability is.
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:21 AM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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Ah , Jehovah Witnesses. Imagine my surprise while back roading and learning my way around in NY, I came across the WatchTower mothership in a rural area.

I routinely put a sign in our front door every Sunday morning that proclaimed in bold print: No Zealots Welcomed Here. I ordered another group off my property when they saw me in the back yard gardening and came to deliver their message. I had zero tolerance.

I've mellowed quite a bit thirty years later. This past winter in FL, two elderly women rang our doorbell with pamphlets in hand. I opened the door to them with my grandson in tow and listened to them. Our dog, who I had by my side, made them nervous I think, so they gave a shortened version. One asked if she could read a scripture to me, finally an opening for me at last! One my older self didn't take, I said yes she could. She was delighted, read it and was beaming when finished. They left satisfied and I realize being an older me is a plus, to me and others.

I digress, back to the neighbor discussion.

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Old 06-19-2014, 10:58 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Yep, Jean, I'm a bit more tolerant these days; I thanked them for the pamphlet (which I do read) an for their good works. Ya nevah know.......

Maybe they're up to the neighbors reading scripture to the new calves.......
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Old 06-19-2014, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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The older drivers here voluntarily give up driving...

Can't think of anyone that has been a danger.

Friends that live in Reno had a father that was a hazard... he totaled two cars... one less than a week old... both cars had battle scars as evidence of hitting or going over things...

Having a car is independance... age is not a determining factor... ability is.
Age correlates with diminished ability - especially at 80+. And who tests ability? My father renewed his license at age 94 and only had to take an eye test. The license is valid until he's 100. Robyn
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Old 06-19-2014, 02:41 PM
 
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I can only speak for California... the seniors I know must appear at the DMV to renew and be tested.

Mom renewed her California License at 80... needed to take vision, written and driving... no problems... she has never had an accident or ticket.

Only drives about 3,000 miles annually now... supermarket and church...

Sounds like your father is exceptional... I wish my father was still with us.

Sounds like Florida is easy compared to California.
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Old 06-19-2014, 02:45 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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I'm the go to person in my neighborhood where everyone is older.

My number one duty is light bulb changer... then it would be troubleshooter for appliances and plumbing problems...
My Dad and his wife lived in senior housing in the UK for several years before Daisy finally passed away. She was always TERRIBLY jealous of other women being around and they were both in their mid 80s at that time. There were loads of widows in the small community and it irked Daisy no end when they would always be calling asking George to pop in a new light bulb or fix a wobbly shelf. He'd been active his whole life and loved staying useful helping the ladies out and I know darned well that a little part of it was getting a rise out of Daisy and watching her lips pucker up in irritation when he'd go off with his little bag of tools! Thanks for stirring that memory!
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Old 06-19-2014, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Northern IL
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I can only speak for California... the seniors I know must appear at the DMV to renew and be tested.

Mom renewed her California License at 80... needed to take vision, written and driving... no problems... she has never had an accident or ticket.

Only drives about 3,000 miles annually now... supermarket and church...

Sounds like your father is exceptional... I wish my father was still with us.

Sounds like Florida is easy compared to California.
I agree. Sates should test more as the population ages. If you pass you should retain your driving privileges. Probably should be tested much more frequently.

Around here, there are stories about teens being killed over the weekend almost all summer long. Very sad.
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