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Four things senior citizens lose along with their driver’s licenses

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It can seem like a small thing, but the loss of a driver’s license can make life far less enjoyable.

Yet many, if not most, senior citizens eventually lose their driving privilege, whether because of failing eyesight, forgetfulness, or general frailty. And these individuals must learn to negotiate their lives without driving.

Here are a few of the things they give up:

A sense of independence. Most of us don’t think twice when we go out to do something. We just hop in the car, and we’re off. Imagine having done that for 50, 60 or 70 years, and then having to ask for a ride every time you leave the house. It’s not an easy adjustment.

Social life. Most of the time, going to visit a friend means having to drive; without a driver, there is no visit. Making the situation worse, many senior citizens are already living alone. For them, being unable to drive often means being even more isolated.

Access to shopping. How many times have realized you need something and just popped over to the store? That sort of spontaneity is a thing of the past when you lose your license. From here on, errands must be planned in advance.

Opportunities to see new environments—or even old ones. Many of us relish the opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy a ride—to the country, to a neighboring town, or around the block. But that little pleasure is out of reach for the senior who has lost their license.

At Stay at Home, we can’t bring your driving privilege back, but we can provide cheerful rides wherever you need to go (or want to go). Whether it’s for errands, doctor visits, to see friends, or just to get out of the house, let us be your taxi service.

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