ANCHOR LEAD: If you're concerned about the driving abilities of an older relative, Brian Osuch finds out that by doing your homework and educating yourself about the resources available, you will be in a better position to help. (:60)
SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I'm Brian Osuch. Chatting with an aging parent about their driving abilities can be a sensitive subject. Jodi Olshevski, a gerontologist with The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence, says it's smart to plan ahead.
CUT: (Olshevski) Having ongoing conversations about driving and safety creates an environment in which the topic just comes up naturally, long before there's an issue.
SCRIPT: She says if you are concerned about an older relative's driving, the holiday season is a good time to go for a ride with a loved one to see how they're doing behind the wheel.
CUT: (Olshevski) There are minor warning signs like incorrect signaling and hitting curbs. But, if you notice more serious signs like confusion at exits and delayed responses… then it's time to talk about your driving concerns.
SCRIPT: And that talk begins by picking the person with the best rapport with the driver.
CUT: (Olshevski) You want to be supportive, factual and nonthreatening. The Hartford has a free guidebook that you can download to help, called "We Need to Talk: Family Conversations with Older Drivers.'
SCRIPT: To download your copy, go to The-Hartford-dot-com-slash-Lifetime. That's Newsbreak from The Hartford.
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