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When It's Time for Dad to Give up the Keys

by Andrea Sherman & Marsha WeinerBen was 85 years old with a list of known woes that included ongoing back pain, congestive heart failure, and depression. His days were numbered, and his daughters could accept that, but what kept them awake at night was the fact that he was still driving — and wouldn’t stop. For men and women whose lives were transformed by the Age of the Automobile, nothing more boldly symbolizes the American idea of flexibility, freedom, and independence than driving. To Ben, it seemed that not driving was tantamount to giving in to dying; meanwhile, his daughters fretted over how many others he might accidentally take with him.But one day, Ben confided that he’d had two near-misses while driving. Once, he had even blacked out for a few seconds on a hairpin turn. He was frightened, and his daughters saw an opening to finally get their father to relinquish his license. They came to us to learn how our program, Transitional Keys, could help to ease this tough transition.Transitional Keys (TK) is a groundbreaking program that uses the elements and structure of ritual — symbols, story …

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