Many of us have elderly loved ones who can no longer drive and must be convinced that driving is unsafe for them. However, my situation is slightly different.
I am visiting my ninety year old grandparents, both of which have been a loving and supportive presence in my life for as long as I can remember. My grandmother is extremely sharp and active, maintaining a real estate license and selling properties after forty years in the business. My grandfather is retired after an extremely successful retail career, but has been doing poorly since 2014. (His physician has refused to treat him for chronic anemia, and his cardiologist had him on Warfarin for eighteen years. Both factors have taken a worrying toll. But that is another issue entirely). They have always had an aversion to important changes, more so in recent years.
One of these changes has us (other grandchildren, my own parents, and aunts/uncles) very worried. Although my grandmother has excellent vision and still drives safely, they have a very unsafe car. My grandfather flatly refuses to replace the 2003 Lincoln Town car, which leaks coolant and is dangerous to drive. My grandmother no longer feels safe in this vehicle and chooses to drive their other Cadillac instead. This bothers my very anxious grandfather, who insists that the Lincoln is "good as new" despite the numerous reports that it requires several thousand dollars of work to make safe.
I have been attempting to help the process of selling/replacing the car be as easy/simple as possible. Today I showed them a 2014 Buick that my Grandmother loved. After a brief discussion and a moment of panic from grandpa, they told me that they will "hang on" to the lincoln a bit longer. This has me so worried. At their age they would not survive any type of accident, and the car is so unsafe. I cannot trust my grandfather not to drive it. Taking the keys is out of the question. It would immediately trigger a panic attack. After losing sixty pounds to Anemia, his brain chemistry is totally changed - everything makes him extremely anxious.
I love them very much. I am so lucky to have them both in my life. I want so much to help them with this process but my Grandfather's refusal to change anything is exhausting. Have any of you had an experience like this?