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Old 08-11-2017, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Indeed. So many seniors suffer under delusions that they are still "O.K" to drive. I sometimes wonder if they really believe their own delusion or if they are just so selfish that they don't care.
From personal experience with the FIL and discussions on Caregivers, I can assure you that the more senior they become the more adamant they are that they defy the quintessential old farther stereotype and they are as good as they ever were.
"I'm as good once as I ever was"
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Old 08-11-2017, 03:07 PM
 
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Well some living in rural areas might not have a choice but to drive. At the rate we are going we probably will have self driving cars by the time I get to that point and that would be awesome
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Old 08-14-2017, 12:35 AM
 
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I worry about the fact that I'm moving to a rural town at age 65 (in-town, but 24 miles from the nearest real city). There have been some efforts at a shuttle service into the big town, where there are the usual services one might need or want. It would depend on why I couldn't drive any more.

For that matter, where I currently live, there is no public transportation into Boston (30 miles away). Even to get to the commuter rail, you have to drive and there are no taxis or Uber or such. I don't like to think that I'd have to move to a more developed place after leaving because of the crowding and sprawl but I do allow that there might have to be one more move in frail older age, should that arise.

It does seem that, in bizarre accidents where people drive into a storefront or something, the driver is old- very old.
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Old 08-14-2017, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Well, I just opened the DMV annual registration renewal and for this 1995 toyota, $97. There is a space to fill in Planned Non Operation and that costs $20 to the DMV. I'm getting closer I believe to a decision. My daughter is pushing to give up driving and some friends yesterday said wait for a while. I think I'll send in the $20. I told my friends the car is over 20 yrs and gonna need more work no matter how short distances I go...trying to talk myself into make the big decision. J
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Old 08-14-2017, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Middle of the ocean
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I would err on the side of not doing anything yet, that makes it easy if you change your mind.
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Old 08-14-2017, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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I would err on the side of not doing anything yet, that makes it easy if you change your mind.
OMG, a philosophy for the ages. I'd use it for my status, but it's too long.
"Err on the side of inertia, it's easier to change your mind"
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Old 08-14-2017, 04:14 PM
 
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OMG, a philosophy for the ages. I'd use it for my status, but it's too long.
"Err on the side of inertia, it's easier to change your mind"
I like that better.
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Old 08-15-2017, 06:49 PM
 
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(snip) I know the time will come when I will let go.

We have a lot of services in our town and grocery delivery is big and I already use that delivery. Plus I can rely on friends and daughter some times to take me where I really need to go.

To me it would be FREEDOM from another albatross.

Anyone relate.
Yes, I agree. At 71 I,too, care little for driving. I've found that I save huge amounts of time and money buy shopping the internet which, in turn, stretches my income allowing us to live in low cost luxury.

People don't understand what I call "The cost of working" that wrecks any budget......
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Old 08-15-2017, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Yes, I agree. At 71 I,too, care little for driving. I've found that I save huge amounts of time and money buy shopping the internet which, in turn, stretches my income allowing us to live in low cost luxury.

People don't understand what I call "The cost of working" that wrecks any budget......

At 73, I still consider driving to be one of the wonderful pleasures of life. The thought of ever having a self-driving car is a gloomy one indeed! I am so glad I won't be around that much longer. No, I am not ill or anything, by "that much longer" I mean another decade or so. The world is going in directions that I cannot relate to.
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Old 08-15-2017, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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At 73, I still consider driving to be one of the wonderful pleasures of life. <>
I do too, but it scares the wife.
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