When their elderly parents head off to independent living communities or other residences, adult children may want to keep up a conversation about driving privileges, but feel uncomfortable.
Liberty Mutual found that three-quarters of Baby Boomers had not begun to talk to their aging parents about concerns of reduced driving abilities for fear it would start a fight or cause their mothers and fathers to be uncomfortable discussing their ability to operate a car safely.
"Senior driving is a social issue as much as it is a safety issue," said Greg Gordon, Liberty Mutual senior vice president of consumer marketing.
"Families should be having conversations now - before an incident occurs - with aging relatives about how to best map out transportation solutions that maintain their independence and dignity, yet keep them safe."
The good news for middle-aged children: their parents are not nearly as worried about possibly talking about driving and giving up cars, as the survey found that more 90 percent of the elderly respondents wouldn't be embarassed if the topic was broached.