To drive or or not to drive? Members of MyParkinsonsTeam wrestle with that question regularly. As tremors, fatigue and other symptoms make it hard to safely handle a car, family and friends often urge members to stop driving. “My wife and kids pleaded with me to give up my keys last fall, for fear of me CAUSING an accident as much as getting in one,” explained one member. “I avoid the highway, and don't drive at night,’ wrote another. Losing the independence of driving is many members’ greatest fear. “I’m reluctant to give up driving because I want to hang on to the last bit of independence I have!” a member shared. Other MyParkinsonsTeam members have found ways to adapt: “I leased a motability scooter which I use as a mode of transport.” Connecting with others impacted by Parkinson's can be helpful when grappling with decisions about driving.
On MyParkinsonsTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with Parkinson's, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Driving is one of the top 10 topics most discussed.
Here are some question-and-answer threads about driving:
Here are some conversations about driving:
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