What Others Are Saying About Our Workbook
I read the workbook and liked its guiding principle; “This project needs to be worked as a collaborative effort between family and the older driver. It cannot be approached with an ‘us vs. him’ attitude, or as two opposing forces waiting to meet in a dark alley.”
Beyond Driving with Dignity has provided us with a roadmap to help our mom maintain her independence and self-esteem while taking steps to reach agreement on curtailing her driving. Everyone wins this way, and we are so grateful to Matt Gurwell for sharing his experience with us and other families who face this potentially difficult situation. Great workbook and easy to use, a “10” on a 10-scale!
Randi Wagner (Prescott, Arizona)
Gurwell quickly identifies the point: “what is the problem?” Driving represents self-respect, independence, competence, maturity…He presents practical solutions for driving cessation and most important the reality and information needed for alternative transportation options. A quality read for anyone helping their elderly parents.
Jennifer Lynch, Director
The workbook is very well done and we are pleased to have a resource to which we can refer our Lifelines Academy students and Lifelines Network members, who are professionals serving seniors.
Sheryl Hunter, J.D. (Tampa, Florida)
“Beyond Driving with Dignity; The workbook for older drivers and their families” is a practical yet emotionally sensitive book/tool to help families and drivers with the issue of declining driving abilities often associated with aging.
Amazon Book Review
I have found Matt to be extremely knowledgeable in this area and the Keeping Us Safe/Beyond Driving with Dignity program and workbook an extremely valuable tool. I would highly recommend purchasing the Beyond Driving with Dignity workbook to any adult child or caregiver who has concerns about an aging parent’s driving abilities.
Jack Warren (Cleveland, Ohio)
The good news is you do not have to go through the dilemma of taking away the car keys by yourself. The “Beyond Driving With Dignity” workbook is just that; a step-by-step process to help you determine if a loved one should be driving, how to make that decision and what to do when that decision has been made.
Barbara Petty, Boom! Magazine (Raleigh, NC)
On their website I encourage you to take a look at their book: Beyond Driving with Dignity; The workbook for older drivers and their families. The workbook is designed to help you be “successful in overcoming the challenges of an older driver’s safety”.
Claudia Rumwell, RN
Driving with Dignity program and workbook an extremely valuable tool. I would highly recommend purchasing the Beyond Driving with Dignity workbook to any adult child or caregiver who has concerns about an aging parent’s driving abilities.
St. Petersburg, Florida
Some of the factors in determining if someone should be driving are vision, hearing, memory, reflex and reaction time, medications, and strength and flexibility. The workbook provides a step-by-step process to help you make those assessments.
Boom! Magazine (Raleigh, NC)
Gurwell covers all the bases with chapters on initiating driving-related conversations, understanding an elderly driver’s fears, and assessing health issues such as vision, hearing, memory, reaction time, strength and flexibility, and medication. There is a guide for rating the older driver’s performance and another for modifying the vehicle, if appropriate, to make it safer for him or her to drive. Finally, there is an all-important chapter on finding workable transportation alternatives.
As well as the individualized session with our mother, information provided in their “Beyond Driving with Dignity” workbook provided a solid guideline for communicating our decision and for making plans for her transportation needs in a way that allowed her to participate and even enjoy allowing others to drive. We are all so relieved and surprised that the transition went as smoothly as it did.
Yellow Springs, Ohio
I wanted to know more. I sent for the workbook and was pleasantly surprised when it arrived with a thank-you note from the author (Matt Gurwell) saying, “If I can be of assistance to you or your family, please let me know.”
With gentle persuasion and with the use of his workbook, “Beyond Driving with Dignity, the workbook for the families of older drivers”, Keeping Us Safe guides the family to help the senior driver responsibly end their driving career. Every family struggling with the cessation of driving issue needs this useful and practical guide.
Lauren Watral, MSW
Wow – This book is the genuine article, with the step-by-step guidance and approach to a successful family process of reaching agreement on a program to evaluate and take steps toward safer senior driving and beyond!
Randi Wagner (Prescott, Arizona)
What is especially helpful when using this workbook is that it eliminates—or at least minimizes—the emotional equation. By working through the process together with the older adult, he or she may actually realize on their own accord that driving may not be sensible any longer. And finally, Beyond Driving With Dignity makes suggestions for what to do after the decision has been made, specifically finding alternative transportation options.
Book Review – Barbara Petty (Raleigh, North Carolina)
More about this invaluable family tool
- As a way of providing an additional tool for families working with an older driver, Keeping Us Safe has developed “Beyond Driving with Dignity; The workbook for older drivers and their families”.
- It was specifically designed to help your family by providing you with a “roadmap to success” in your quest to overcome the challenges of an older driver’s safety. It is designed to be used by families as a tool to meet the demands of a potential problem when you become suspect of the senior driver’s ability to remain a safe driver.
- Timely and appropriate use of this workbook and of all available resources will help keep families from making many of the common mistakes encountered by others as you move toward a possible driving retirement for your loved one.
- Working through this instrument will help your family make driving-related decisions that are not only in the best interest of the older driver, but simultaneously find themselves in the best interest of highway safety in general.
- This workbook was designed to be used by your family in the confidence and comfort of your own home, most likely seated right at your family’s kitchen table.
Beyond Driving with Dignity;
The workbook for older drivers and their families
Cost: $20 (plus shipping & handling)
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