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John Villa laughs about it now — the “conspiracy” last year to take away his car keys, he calls it.

“I was a little incensed,” said the 96-year-old former manufacturing manager.

The conversation wasn’t easy for his children either.

“We were very cognizant of the fact — and this is important — that if he lost his ability to drive, this would seriously affect his independence and his sense of self,” said daughter Nancy Villa Bryk, an Eastern Michigan University professor.

“It was a very difficult conversation, and he found it profoundly upsetting, which was upsetting to me,” she said.



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