A decline in physical and cognitive ability noted with age that is not related to the diagnosis of any specific disorder. Proactive lifestyle changes have been shown to delay or reduce the degree of decline in abilities.
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Many family caregivers realize that an aging loved one is no longer safe behind the wheel. Seniors are usually adamant about retaining their driving privileges, but there are outside sources of help for taking a parent's keys.
Adult children often try to protect their aging parents, but this can cost the elder their independence and dignity. Family caregivers must learn to balance their loved one's quality of life with risks, and this can take practice and patience.