2008-09-11 / Religion & Family

Class aimed at families of senior drivers

Sometimes helping an older loved one understand the need to stop driving can become a difficult conversation. The "We Need to Talk" class can help.

Sponsored by AARP, "We Need to Talk" is led by Munson senior occupational therapist Laura Martin, M.A., O.T.R., C.D.R.S., a certified driver rehabilitation specialist. The next class is Sept. 15 at Munson Community Health Center - Room A, Traverse City. Please call for times.

"It's a program that was developed by AARP, and it is designed to help adult children or family members learn how to have sensitive and successful conversations about driving with adult loved ones or friends," Martin said. "The whole goal is to help people who need to retire from driving do it in a way that is honoring and dignified."

The AARP program helps determine how much driving means to a loved one and reveals red flags that signal deteriorating driving skills. The class also helps participants develop a strategy for the conversation. This information is beneficial for anyone who wants to plan ahead for their families or themselves.

"We Need to Talk" is free, but registration is requested. To register, call (877) 926-8300.

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