No matter the time of day, traffic is definitely getting heavier in central Florida. This is true of the local side streets, as well as the multi-lane toll roads. And, don’t even get me started on I-4!
As difficult as it may be to navigate traffic, imagine what it’s like for a senior with mobility and vision problems, along with slower reflexes. I hear people complain about senior drivers, but I wonder how many of those complainers are willing to be part of the solution to safer travel on our roadways?
Many senior citizens refuse to give up their keys due to lack of regular, dependable help with transportation. Doctors don’t do house calls. Grocery needs continue for all our lives. Is there a senior in your life who needs help with transportation and who shouldn’t be driving? Lend a hand if you can! One day, you may be in the position of having to give up the keys yourself.
When offering to drive an elderly friend or family member, try to accommodate his or her preferences. I deal with many seniors who DO have family that will help with transportation needs, but they don’t make themselves available when wanted. I see many seniors who continue to drive because although family helps out sometimes, they only do so on their own terms.
Helping others can mean a sacrifice of our own personal free time. I understand that it’s not easy. I greatly value my free time and love to relax without demands on my time just as much as anyone else. But, I can’t help thinking of the fact that one day I might need help getting around and I’m reminded of the command, “And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them” (Luke 6:31 ESV)
It’s hard getting older and navigating traffic can be hard at any age. This Christmas season, lend a (driving!) hand to an elderly family member, church member, or neighbor, and, as the Lord allows, offer regular help to that dear one.
Blessing and Merry Christmas,