Aging Hand, Young Hand

Taking the Car Keys Away

One of the most difficult "talks" adult children can have with their aging parents is about driving. Taking away the keys means a loss of freedom and independence and is understandably fraught with resistance. For 41-year-old Kristin Leidig-Sears, that conversation came sooner than she expected. Nine months ago, her mom, 75-year-old Dwan Leidig suffered a stroke and has been unable to drive. As a result, Kristin and her husband, Dan, have had to drive Dwan everywhere. Kristin is already pushed to the limit working full time as a teacher, raising their 4-year-old daughter and about to give birth in 6 weeks. Her mother Dwan desperately wants to get her license back and has made it very clear to Kristin that she intends to do just that. But first she must take a driving test and prove that she can safely get behind the wheel of a car.