Tara Williams drove the 2008 Honda Civic to her mother Marie's house, a three-hour drive. Marie is 67-years-old and suffers from Parkinson's disease. She hasn't had a car in six years. When Tara handed her a set of keys with a big red bow, Marie couldn't believe her eyes.
"Oh my God," she said. "I'm speechless for once."
Tara told InsideEdition that her mom missed being able to hop in a car and go. "She just broke down, and it was all for the freedom of being able to drive wherever she wanted."
Elderly people often experience a loss of independence when they are no longer able to keep driving. It can feel like the closing of a chapter of life, for many. Marie's disease might someday affect her ability to perform complex tasks. If that happens It would be safer if she gave up the keys. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a guide and resources available for people who suffer from Parkinson's disease. Addressing when a relative might need to stop driving can be difficult. If you're concerned about an elderly family member's driving abilities, check out our guide to getting the conversation started.