Here, the challenges of an older driver when his licence is revoked because of memory problems.
Q My husband, who is 75, recently had his driver’s licence revoked because of memory problems. I completely understand how much of a blow it is to his ego, not to mention a big inconvenience, but it’s turned into more than that. He’s become sullen and stopped taking an interest in things he really used to enjoy, like walking the dog and curling. This has been going on for several months, and I’m worried. I don’t know whether to seek professional help or wait a while and see if he improves once he gets used to the idea.
—Angela, Waterloo, Ont.
A There’s no easy answer to that question. Everyone responds to life-changing situations in different ways and takes different lengths of time to adjust. How long should your husband take?
“There’s no formula,” says John Robertson, who’s worked in the field of mental health for more than 25 years and is currently executive director of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Huron Perth branch. “Certainly, he needs time to grieve that loss, but if his behaviour concerns you and he doesn’t seem himself, there’s a conversation that needs to happen – and the earlier the better.”
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