Senior Care in Phoenix AZ
Seniors face many challenges to remaining independent safely. Consider driving, for example.
Having a driver’s license gives a person pleasure, and freedom. It gives the ability to leave on a spur-of-the-moment drive, be independent, or run errands, not only for themselves, but others, as well.
As people age and lose some of their independence, the ability to drive is, sadly, one of the things they sometimes lose. A recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety showed that seniors who stopped driving experienced greater symptoms of depression. They also “became less social and experienced accelerated cognitive decline over a 10-year period…compared to active drivers.”
But technology is coming to the rescue for seniors who may have trouble behind the wheel, but aren’t giving up their keys just yet. We haven’t reached the Jetson age, just yet, where everything is done for drivers. But it’s pretty amazing what some cars today will do. And most manufacturers offer at least one of these smart features to aid seniors in driving:
- Rearview cameras. Allows you to see a picture behind the vehicle when backing up. Will be required on all new cars by May 2018.
- 360-degree camera systems. This feature provides a “bird’s eye” view all around the vehicle while it is being parked.
- Adaptive headlights. Headlights swivel in the direction the steering wheel is turned. This helps illuminate the road ahead while going around turns.
- Automatic high beams. Automatically switch between high and low beam headlights for better nighttime visibility.
- Blind spot warning. Automatically signals that a car in the adjoining lane is in the driver’s blind spot. Some vehicles also offer Blind spot assist, which automatically takes corrective action to avoid a blind spot collision.
- Emergency autonomous braking. EAB can help a car stop or slow down to mitigate damage if it determines that a frontal collision is imminent.
- Lane departure warning and intervention. Warning detects and alerts the driver to them leaving their lane. Intervention will automatically steer car back into lane if driver doesn’t heed warning.
- Drowsy-driver or attention alert systems. Can detect the onset of drowsiness and prompt the driver to stop for rest.
- Forward collision warning. Sensors help seniors determine how close objects are to the front of the vehicle.
- Automatic crash notifications. Contacts emergency medical services following a crash. Such systems can also provide benefits so if a driver gets lost or has another emergency-type situation, they can push a button and be connected to a live person who can help. Services range from alerting family or emergency services to sending directions to a vehicle for a desired destination.
- Park assist. Drivers can better park through the use of built-in video cameras and sensors.
Today’s auto technology can help senior drivers be more comfortable on the road, and you as a loved one can feel safer.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Phoenix, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
Latest posts by Admin (see all)
- Preparing Family for a Thanksgiving Visit with a Senior with Alzheimer’s Disease - November 15, 2016
- What Information Do You Need from Your Loved One’s Doctor about Exercise? - November 9, 2016
- Should You Consider Elder Care if Your Parent Moves in With You? - November 2, 2016