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3 signs it is time to stop driving

No one wants to lose any privileges, particularly those related to driving. It is important for senior citizens to remain honest with themselves and know when it is time to hang up the car keys for good. When your loved ones approach you about putting an end to driving, take their concerns genuinely; they only look out for your best interest. 

Many people can continue to drive well into their 80s, while others need to stop driving much sooner. Remain aware of your personal driving capabilities, and if you notice any of the following beginning to happen, then it is paramount you stop driving before you end up in a collision

Understand how your medicine affects you before driving

It may be frustrating that you need to take a range of medications these days, especially if your prescriptions leave you feeling unlike your normal self. You and other Florida seniors who are on a regular medicine regime may feel tempted to ignore the side effects as much as you can and continue living as normal. This may work just fine, until you get behind the wheel. You will need to understand the possible consequences of driving under the influence of a legal drug.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse cautions that pain relievers are the most common prescription medication that people had in their systems when they were involved in a crash. This is because prescription painkillers, particularly narcotic pain relief, can cause drowsiness. Your prescription bottle may warn you not to drive after taking your medication, for good reason.

Understanding negligence in Florida personal injury cases

A typical personal injury case has two major components: negligence and damages. To prevail and receive compensation, you must show you suffered certain types of tangible losses. You must also show the losses happened because the defendant acted negligently.

This differs from saying the defendant caused the injury. Sometimes, a person may act perfectly reasonably, yet another person still suffers injury. In most cases, excepting those where strict liability applies, the law requires the defendant to do something wrong and for that wrongdoing to cause the accident.

Own a Tesla? Here is what you need to know about Autopilot

If you are one of the fortunate Tesla owners in Florida and elsewhere, you realize that this groundbreaking vehicle has technology that may eventually shape how all manufacturers make cars in the future. Fully automated, self-driving cars are not yet a part of our reality, but the Autopilot driver assistance feature of Tesla vehicles almost comes close. You have worked hard all your life to deserve one of these innovative vehicles during your retirement, but it is important to know the limitations of the Autopilot technology.

Business Insider explains that Autopilot can make it safer and easier to switch lanes, brake, parallel park and back up. You may even summon your vehicle to pick you up from a short distance away. Tesla officials claim that Autopilot can reduce the risk of crashes by as much as 50 percent. This is impressive; however, the name “Autopilot” may fool some into thinking they can switch on the feature, kick back their feet and relax while their cars do the driving for them.

Watch out for these 4 nursing home injuries

Everyone likes to think of nursing homes as places that senior citizens can feel safe. Unfortunately, many dangers lurk in nursing homes that can result in injuries and fatalities. One accident or unsafe condition can have severe consequences for elderly people.

With many people trusting nursing homes for care, it is important to understand what injuries are possible. Here are five ways that nursing home residents may get hurt.

3 common unsafe conditions at nursing homes

Numerous senior citizens rely on nursing homes to receive the care and companionship they need. As of 2015, Florida had over 70,000 people living in assisted care facilities in the state. 

Many of these facilities take great care to ensure residents are safe. However, every building requires maintenance, and occasionally, a building can fall into a state of disarray. Seniors should always keep an eye out for unsafe conditions at their nursing homes so that they know when to bring something to the attention of the staff. Otherwise, someone could suffer a serious injury

3 common medication errors in nursing homes

When it becomes apparent that assisted living is the best option for your parent or other loved one, you want to find a facility that is trustworthy, reputable and focused on providing exemplary care. The health and well-being of your loved one will be in the hands of the staff, so it is important to consider all options carefully and make a decision that will meet your needs and your parent’s needs, too.

According to Sunshine State News, there is a proposed law which will increase surveillance among nursing homes in Florida. This law is not without reason—unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect are widespread problems, and this often includes medication errors such as the following. 

Why veterans are at a high risk for motorcycle accidents

Returning to civilian life after military service is challenging. Veterans find healthy and unhealthy ways to cope with the changes and stress, from drinking to professional therapy. One common choice of relief is riding a motorcycle. The combination of being outdoors and enjoying a relaxing ride or adrenaline rush helps calm the turmoil inside. Some veterans find support with each other by forming motorcycle clubs.

Unfortunately, this method of stress management comes with a high risk of injury and fatality. Motorcycle riding is already dangerous enough, but the risk seems to be higher for veterans. Although deaths from motor vehicle accidents have declined for this group, motorcycle accidents are increasingly a contributing factor, reports U.S. Medicine.

3 good things senior drivers do to stay safe

As an older adult, you know driving helps you be independent. Driving lets you run your own errands, visit friends and family and maybe even go to work. But did you know you are more likely to get injured or killed in a car accident as you get older? In fact, over 236,000 senior drivers went to emergency rooms and over 5,700 died because of car crashes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

A decline in vision, reduced cognitive functions and physical changes can all affect your driving abilities. But despite these risks, there are some things you can do to keep yourself safe on the road. 

Nursing home residents’ finances may not be safe

When one puts a loved one in a nursing home, he or she is sure to visit often and make sure that staff is caring well for the elderly family member. Most people know how to discover typical nursing home abuses such as malnutrition, development of bed sores or even improper supervision allowing an elderly loved one to wander off. Certainly, personal injuries to the elderly in nursing homes are not uncommon. However, an unnoticed abuse of a loved one’s finances may not be something one expects. Unfortunately, many seniors residing in nursing homes across the country are subject to theft of their savings by the very nursing home that should be caring for them, and Florida seniors are not immune from this abuse.

As reported by USA Today, financial exploitation at the hand of nursing home employees is now in the spotlight, with many state attorneys general vamping up the investigation of this growing problem. There have been innumerable instances of nursing home employees, including administrators, stealing residents’ funds for shopping sprees, personal purchases for themselves and even gambling.

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