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POSITIVE THINKING: SENIORS turning 80 and driver’s license renewal – 80 yr old advises


I turned 80 in April. It is supposed to be a milestone. To me it’s a gift to reach this age, especially when one is independent, mentally alert, actively involved in Church activities not just a Church attendee and socially active.

To my surprise Service Ontario sent me a letter directing me to attend a Group Education seminar before my birthday. I was also directed to submit a recent eye examination showing visual acuity as well as the horizontal peripheral field following cataract surgery. This report was submitted but I had to wait for my permanent driver’s licence until the seminar on  May 20, 2016. In the meantime my driver’s licence expired. Thankfully I was issued a temporary driver’s licence with conditions: couldn’t drive on the 401 as I couldn’t go beyond 80KM, couldn’t drive after dusk, couldn’t even have passengers. My family became very concerned that I was no longer good enough to renew my driver’s licence but I assured them I was very OK & would pass.

It was a nerve-wracking experience driving on in-roads. There are more cars there & there’s a pretty number of drivers whose speed was 30km on 60km roads. On a normal drive of 30 minutes, it would take 1 1/2 hrs to reach a destination. It was frustrating, but one had to obey the rules of the road.

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Then came May 20, which was met with trepidation because we did not know what was up. I did not realize there were a number of 80-year-olds & over just like me. For those who were coming to redo the seminar again, they bragged it would be easy. To my surprise, it was easy enough, but there was a catch indeed. One had to pay attention to the instructor and LISTEN CAREFULLY because there would a test. The caveat was to pay close attention and not do other things. There was one senior who ignored the instructor while she was giving instructions on what we were to do. Obviously, all of us was supposed to but there was one senior who, to his disappointment failed the written test & had to take the road test.

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The lesson of this session is to pay attention, be alert, and remember all the rules of the road and one will do well.

Never take things for granted. It is at this age that one has to regard things with care & consideration.

Outcome: I have my driver’s licence and even better than my old one. Conditions were all removed.

And reaching 80 is a unique age when one has all one’s mental faculty, generally healthy & independent. I met a friend who is a blogger, I might just pick up the challenge.

Erlinda Q.

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