Hickory – ACAP-Hickory will present, “Driving and Aging” on Tuesday, March 14, 5:30-7:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Hickory.  Speaker for the program is Miriam Young, Driver Rehabilitation Specialist, Frye Regional Medical Center.

“I just noticed another dent on Mom’s car. What should I do?”  “Dad told me he forgot how to get home from his barber shop last week. Should I be concerned about his continuing to drive?”  “Mom had to have a right knee and hip replaced, and Dad’s eyesight and hearing aren’t what they used to be.  Are they still safe to drive?”

One of the most dreaded conversations aging parents and adult-children anticipate is the one about a parent’s driving and/or the possibility of their retiring from driving.  While adjustments may be all that are needed at one point, there may come a time that continued driving simply is not safe – for the parent or for others.  How do we know the difference?  Ceasing to drive is a significant step, regardless of how the decision is made, who makes the decision or the reason for decision, and typically impacts the elder’s feelings of independence and being in control.  In addition, a parent’s retiring from driving may significantly affect opportunities for socialization and increase time and energy needed from the adult-child caregiver.

The March 14 ACAP-Hickory program addresses issues related to parents’ driving and what to do when questions arise.  With a master’s degree in occupational therapy, Miriam Young, Driver Rehabilitation Specialist, Frye Regional Medical Center, will help attendees learn to identify signs indicating a parent may need a driving evaluation and/or to retire from driving, facilitate understanding of the driving evaluation process and help participants become aware of community mobility options.

We hope you will join us for this important program.  ACAP-Hickory programs are free, but pre-registration is requested for planning purposes.  To register, please call, toll-free, 1-877-599-ACAP (1-877-599-2227).

ACAP gratefully acknowledges Brookdale Falling Creek, Frye Regional Medical Center, and PACE@Home,  sponsors for the March program.

The mission of ACAPcommunity is to provide information, resources, support and community for adult-child caregivers as they care for their aging parents and for themselves.  ACAP-Hickory, the local chapter of ACAPcommunity, offers free educational programs the second Tuesday of each month, 5:30-7:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church. Although designed for adult-child caregivers, programs are open to all.  To reach the Fellowship Hall:  From N. Center Street / Hwy. 127, turn beside Mt. Olive Lutheran Church (2780 N. Center Street, Hickory) onto 28th Ave. NE.  Park in the parking lot at the back of the church, and enter the fellowship hall via the door under the portico.

In addition to monthly educational programs offered through local chapters, ACAPcommunity provides audio podcasts and other resources addressing a variety of caregiving issues.  Please visit our website, www.ACAPcommunity.org, to listen to podcasts, review resource information, or to gain additional information about ACAP.