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Health & Spirit

Elder is in a jam after surrendering her car

By Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: One of my best friends just moved to a senior housing community after her husband died. She is 78 and in pretty good health.

Her daughter decided that she should give up her car since where she is living, she could just take Uber or a cab.

The place where she lives also has a van that takes people shopping, etc.

I think the daughter did this for her (the daughter's) own peace of mind, since my friend drove all of her life for her business and has only had one small accident over the years.

My friend feels very uncomfortable taking a cab or Uber. I'm sure her daughter doesn't realize this.

I don't want to get in the middle of a family decision, but I think her daughter has made a big mistake to handicap her mother in this way.


My friend is now depending on others to take her places. She does take a cab once in a while.

By the way, money is not an issue.

Should I talk to her daughter?

-- Concerned Friend


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