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Joan Nightingale: Seniors, hand over the keys and enjoy the scenery

Just read Dick Tracy's article on surviving Highway 49 and elderly drivers. I agree with him totally.

I am 87 years old and had a stroke in my left eye last year, which left me totally blind in that eye. I immediately handed my car keys over to my daughter. It was a very difficult thing to do, like giving up one's independence, but found out, as Mr. Tracy said, I can now relax and enjoy the scenery!

After living in the Grass Valley area for over 50 years I am seeing — with just one eye — things I had forgotten about, or never seen before. I laugh at myself, now, if someone asks how to such and such, I just say, "Ask my chauffeur!"

So please, if you are fortunate, as I am, to be enjoying your golden years, hand the keys over and enjoy the scenery. The Lyft is great too!

Joan Nightingale

Grass Valley