Driving and Transportation Resources

Driving and Transportation Resources

Driving is important to us, giving us a sense a freedom and independence. Many of us have been driving for most of our lives and it is difficult to grasp that there may be a point where we are no longer able to do so. Having Parkinson’s does not mean you cannot drive, but driving may become an issue with some symptoms. Making the decision not to drive is very challenging. It is important to listen to input from family, friends, and professionals about your driving. No one wants to find themselves in an unsafe situation or feel they are a danger on the road. How will you know when it is time to stop driving? The information below can help give you and your family some guidance on this important and often sensitive issue.

When is it time to evaluate your driving?

In the state of Massachusetts, it is up to you, the driver, to evaluate your safety on the road. You can consult with your physician and speak to your family about your driving. It is usually helpful to get someone else’s feedback and assessment. In fact, you may not have to stop driving altogether. There may be adjustments you can make, such as only driving during the day and staying on familiar routes. In addition, there are several Driving Assessment Programs in the state which can help with this. Their information is listed below. These programs may require a physician referral and some are not covered by insurance, so we recommend first contacting them to find out this specific information.

I’m not driving – now what?

Whether it is running to the store or going to an appointment, driving is a routine part of our daily activity. Naturally, people wonder how they will get around without a car. One option may be found in your community, as many have transportation options for elders (usually age 60 and older). Contact your local Council on Aging or Area on Aging for more information. Other options may feel expensive at first, but you might be amazed at the amount of money you can save by not driving. A car requires maintenance, insurance, and gas, all of which can be costly expenses. You may be able to budget some of this money for other transportation means such as a taxi, shuttle service or home delivery. Be creative in how you get around! You can make a day with friends or family to do errands and go out. It may be difficult to ask or to rely on others, but many are willing to help.

Transportation Resources

Driving Evaluation Programs

Adaptive Driving Program, Inc.
Dedham, MA
508-626-6568

Berkshire Medical Center
Pittsfield, MA
413-447-2000

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center DriveWise and DriveAdvise
Boston, MA
617-667-4074

Braintree & New England Rehabilitation Hospitals
Braintree, Milford, Plymouth, and Woburn, MA
781-348-2500 (Braintree)
781-935-5050 (Woburn)

Mercy Medical Center Driver Advisement Program
Springfield
413-748-6880

Newton-Wellesley Hospital Drive Safe Program
Newton, MA
617-243-6172

Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital
Salem, NH
603-893-2900

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospitals
Boston, Braintree, Medford, Sandwich, and Wellesley, MA
617-952-6200

Additional Resources

Boston Senior Shuttle
Boston, MA
617-635-3000

Brockton Area Transit

Central Massachusetts Safety Council
West Boylston, MA
508-835-2333 x23

RMV Medical Affairs Bureau
Boston, MA
617-351-9222

SeniorDriving.AAA.com
888-687-2277

 

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