The intricacies of senior mobility can be challenging.
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As an unwavering beacon of guidance for senior transitions, I, Carol Phillips, am here once again to accompany you on this multifaceted journey. In this blog post, we delve into the intricacies of senior mobility. This involves one of the most cherished symbols of independence for our loved ones – their car.

The Car Discussion

The ‘driving’ dialogue becomes a convoluted labyrinth of emotions and practicalities. It is a discussion that hopefully, you and your loved one have already begun to traverse. The decision to surrender the keys to their vehicle can be a profound one. It signifies a shift in their sense of autonomy. Yet, if the consensus is that your loved one can no longer drive, deciding what to do with the car can become a straightforward task. It could metamorphose into a source of financial relief through a sale, a beacon of goodwill through donation, or a cherished hand-me-down to a friend or relative. The cessation of insurance or maintenance costs can be a silver lining to this cloud.

How Do I Get Around?

However, in the wake of such a decision, a paramount ‘More Of’ surfaces. This is the need for alternative transportation. The ability to journey to the doctor, dentist, grocery store, church, or other preferred locales is a necessity that you must address.

For those seniors who can still safely navigate the roads, their car often represents a lifeline to the world beyond their doorstep. The MOLO approach here necessitates accessible parking at their new residence. Many seniors cherish the freedom their vehicle provides. They frequently embarking on trips to favorite haunts like the grocery store or hair salon. Over time, many adapt to their new living circumstances and discover the joy of sharing rides, of engaging in vibrant conversations while someone else takes the wheel. The relinquishing of their car becomes a natural progression. Yet until then, the discourse on their safety and that of others remains a recurring theme.

Other Options

If the transition involves a move to a smaller patio home, the car often remains an integral part of their lives for a while longer. Strategic selection of a home in proximity to essential amenities enables them to continue driving on surface streets during daylight. As time passes, they might gradually transition to utilizing services like UBER or LYFT.

The accomplishment of identifying your loved one’s ‘why’ is a milestone worth celebrating! As we progress to the next chapter, we’ll uncover the crucial yet often overlooked documents required for a successful move, and understand the significance of daily living assessments. Only then can we explore how these steps can refine your loved one’s choices.


Carol Phillips
Seniors Real Estate Specialist and Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist in Phoenix
Author of “Transitions With Dignity, A Six Step Blueprint To Help Your Loved One Embrace Change”

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