Submitted by Mariela Miranda on February 4, 2016 15:46
An elderly individual may cling to the steering wheel of a car as if it is the last remnant of independence they have left – and oftentimes it actually is. No wonder, either; there are few more powerful symbols of freedom than driving down a lonely highway, top down, wind blowing in your face, radio blasting (preferably Golden Earring’s Radar Love). And while that remains exactly that – a symbol – for most o us, it doesn’t take away from the fact that the liberty of driving from one place to another at one’s ease is, like most privileges, taken for granted in youth and not easily yielded in old age. Unfortunately, many aging people are not so much Jason Statham-in-Crank as much as they are just plain cranks – Faster and Furiouser than the entire cast of that movie franchise, and at about their combined age. As a result, the caregiver – of the aging person’s child or grandchild – has the grievous task of asking their loved one to turn in their car keys. And, if given no choice, the caregiver has to play the bad guy and – like the rednecks at the end of Easy Rider – forcefully remove their driving privileges (well, not literally like in the film, of course, but you get the idea).