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Which car is best

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We're looking to buy a new car for my dad with PD. The problem is, most cars today have "bucket seats" instead of a flat seat in a car. He has to lift himself over the so called bucket part in order to sit comfortably. He drives a Chrysler Town and Country Van and this used to be accessible for him however now he has been finding it hard to get up and down because of the height. Another issue is with non suv/vans, many smaller cars such as a Toyota Camry, you have to lift your leg up a good amount to get in and out of the car. Does anyone have any suggestions of a car? What do you find works?

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Can't suggest what car/model but for myself have found having a power seat makes it easier to adjust to a comfortable position.

 

Patricia

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The Chevy Impala comes with front bench seats. We loved the car so much we had four of them between 2000 and 2011. I just read that the bench seat will go away in the 2014 models. Very comfortable ride!

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Nissan Quest here. I am 5'11" and the seat height is perfect. I don't have to "climb" in or out. The door opening is very "open" so it is easy to maneuver while getting in and out also.

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I am a dept mgr of a large Toyota store in South Florida. We are in a community with a big retiree population, so I'm accustomed to finding a vehicle that fits. I find it all depends on the height of the driver or passenger. Usually, an SUV works best. Vans may be too tall, but sometimes our Sienna works. The model I would recommend for everyone of reasonably average height is the RAV4 Limited. Easy in/out, including leather so its easy slide. I am somewhat familiar with other makes/models as well, so feel free to pick my brain.

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i know it is not a brand new car but i have a chevy hhr and love the seats in it. i know what you are talking about i am 47 year old with parkinsons

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These are all terrific responses and I will look into each car. For the most part do you find it easier getting into a higher up car? With the smaller cars my dad also has the problem of lifting his foot up from the ground to get in easier because of the "hump" any other suggestions?

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I have a lot of trouble with smaller, lower cars. When we left Texas last year for Washington State, we had to trade in our beloved 50th Anniversary Edition Impala because it could not be flat towed behind our motor home. We got a new Ford Fusion, but it's not half the car the 6 cylinder Impala is, and I have difficulty getting out even with a cushion to raise me up.

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the key to selecting the right size car (SUV is best, cars are too low and that makes for difficult ins and outs) is to "think butt-level"

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I happened to be in Voorheesville, NY the morning Mrs. Burgess, a 55 year old with Parkinsons Disease plowed her car into three woman standing just outside the town's Catholic Church - killing them all on impact or trauma associated with crushing them against the bell tower. I saw six state trooper cars proceeding up Route 155 towards town traveling over 100 mph as they converged on the scene. Mrs. Burgess was just indicted on three counts of vehicular homicide and is looking at up to 25 years in jail upon conviction.

 

http://www.timesunio...use-2184702.php

 

http://x1law.com/lua...-that-killed-3/

 

I stopped driving years ago on the same morning I felt myself fainting from PD medications while behind the wheel of my VW Rabbit in a pedestrian congested traffic circle in the city where I live. I made it home safely but so frightened by the experience I never drove on a public road again.

 

Be very careful when you operate machinery. You owe it to yourselves and the people who care about you as well as pedestrians and those who find it important to attend early morning masses. Some good may yet emerge from the Burgess episode if you will remember her and do just that. Use a magnifier to read the fine print in the ridiculously underscaled cautionary instructions issued perfunctorily with your meds. Sermon over. Thanks for listening. :wink:

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Roger.

 

Is there evidence that this tragic accident was contributed to or caused by this woman's condition or medications she was taking? I agree that if one's abilities / reflexes are compromised, driving should unconditionally be ceased, period ( get a driver to take you to mass). I also agree that if a PWP is taking medication that causes drowsiness or worse (as opposed to taking medication that may cause drowsiness in some patients), driving should be ceased, period. HOWEVER , there are so many medications that have side effects of incapacitating the medication user ( such as Viagra causing blindness) , that ceasing driving for no reason other than listed side effects seems extreme and unreasonable. For instance, some PWP's have had problems with passing out if they take an agonist. By the numbers, I think that side effect happens to less than 10% of people. Believe me, I am not advocating the continuation of driving if anyone's capabilities are compromised in any way, but I certainly don't think that PWP's in early stages or that have mild cases whose driving skills are not affected should ball up and voluntarily become invalids. Rather, I believe that living your life as closely to the way it was lived prior to diagnosis ( including work ,driving and recreation), is most desirable action.

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I very rarely drive anymore if at all! I have had a few days where I felt ok and drove my daughter to school which is about 10 small blocks away (1/4 mile tops). Once I got back home I didn't feel l should have. Granted, I live in a 2 square mile farming town so there is very little traffic, but the thought of causing harm to someone was on my mind the entire time. It seems that driving causes me to feel, for a lack of words, dizzy or off balance more than when I am walking or sitting.

We used to own a Plymouth Neon and it was hard as heck to get out of. We replaced it with a 2004 Nissan Quest and I can't be happier!

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william,

i'm sorry to hear about your difficulties. I'm not advocating that all PWP's drive, only the ones whose driving skills are unaffected. How old are you and long ago were you diagnosed?

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vipowitz,

No offense taken!! I am 47 and have been going through testing since December 2011. Still haven't been Diagnosed officially but have been taking Sinemet for awhile now.

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glad you're getting relief. how is it that you have been prescribed sinemet but are undiagnosed? Where do you live? how often do you see your neurologist?

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I don't have any idea which car suits your dad best. I think you should have to concern to a car dealer who properly knows all the features of car and I think he can suggest you better option. Best of luck!!!

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A follow-up on the case of the Parkinsonian who killed three when a vehicle she was operating while medicated struck them. Her negligent homicide plea subjects Mrs. Burgess potentially from 16 to as many as 48 months of confinement in the county jail when she is sentenced in January. Read about it here...and don't drive beyond your ability to do so safely. There's a lesson here for all of us: http://www.timesunio...p#photo-3311228

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