How to Help an Aging Driver - Older Driver Related NC Licensing - Resources for Caregivers
The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles provides information on driver licensing, renewal, and medical review. For information specific to the medical review program, including contact information for the medical review unit, visit their Medical Review web page.
NCDHHS offers information on transportation alternatives for older adults throughout the state, including both medical and non-medical transportation services and customer service contact information.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has a webpage for older drivers that includes some useful resources for caregivers, including topics on warning signs, conversations with older drivers, etc. In particular, they’ve published short information sheets and videos on various medical conditions and how those conditions might affect driving, including Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, Cataracts, Diabetes, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Stroke, Sleep Apnea, and Parkinson’s.
The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence publishes informational guidebooks for seniors, including topics related to safe driving. These guidebooks explore specific topics in depth and are a good resource for individuals and their families.
The AAA Senior Driver website includes valuable information for family and friends. Resources available on this site include:
- Warning signs
- Skills assessment
- Medications and medical conditions
- Conversations about driving
- Helping your loved one stay independent/transportation alternatives
The Alzheimer’s Association page dedicated to dementia and driving includes information on having conversations about driving, planning, warning signs of unsafe driving, and resources. As part of their information on having conversations, the site includes multiple video vignettes that can help families consider ways to handle challenging reactions and responses from seniors who are reluctant to limit or stop driving.