Some life transitions are easier to accept, and some are momentous. Remember the freedom you felt as a teenager when you learned to drive? If yes, then you can appreciate how difficult it is for elderly loved ones to relinquish that sense of freedom.
For some guidance on handling this common, but difficult life transition, read a recent Forbes article titled "True Story: The Prominent Dad With Dementia Who Refused to Stop Driving."
For so many who have stepped in to oversee or care for an elderly loved one, a most dreaded transition for the elder is the one from "driver" to "passenger." And, to make matters more difficult (for all concerned), that transition itself oftentimes signals the very moment when the child must become the parent.
No one said it would be easy.
Reference: Forbes (January 7, 2013) "True Story: The Prominent Dad With Dementia Who Refused to Stop Driving"