83-year-old Driver Uses Her Wits

Couldn’t resist this forward. If it were true, it’s the kind of event that, depending on adult children’s responses, could be one of those pivotal moments in efforts to help older people age well.

Aging Parents: Best Speeding Excuse Ever

When asked by a young patrol officer “Do you know you were speeding?”
This 83-year-old woman gave the young officer an ear to ear smile and stated:
“Yes , but … I had to get there before I forgot where I was going.”
The officer put his ticket book away and bid her good day.
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The driving dilemma is seriously addressed in past posts in late January (28th) and early February (1st, 5th, and 8th) this year.  People are living longer; many are driving longer. Who’s to say if this woman is a dangerous driver or–perhaps like some of us–puts the pedal to the metal when she shouldn’t…and gets caught.

But she’s clever, or is she? In all honesty I think this event would qualify as one of aging parents’ secrets (July 25th Senior’s Secrets post) and her children would never have known about it.  But–and this is something that deserves thinking about beforehand–how do we handle such a situation if we know about it?

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