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Driving and Dementia

Deciding when driving is unsafe for someone with dementia can be hard, especially if the driver is not aware that there is a problem.  For many, driving is important. But, allowing someone who is unsafe to drive puts them and others at risk.

 

Suggestions:

 

  • Talk to them about your concern for their safety
  • Discuss options to meet their needs that require driving (i.e., shopping, church, social activities) and how those needs can be met
  • Consider asking a physician to provide a prescription that “No Driving is Allowed” when driving becomes unsafe.

 

You may want to consider an assessment of your loved one's driving from an occupational therapist or driving specialist.

  • Is my loved one safe to continue driving?
  • Have I planned to have a conversation about not driving?
  • Do I need to talk to their physician or a specialist about their driving?
  • Have I considered options for other transportation?
  • Can my local Area Agency on Aging help?

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