Driving and Dementia: When and How to Have the Talk
Posted Jan 14 2013 12:00am
away an elder’s driving privileges is one of the most dreaded challenges that
adult children, or spouses of people with dementia, face. The ability to drive
oneself to a chosen destination is often the ultimate sign of independence.
Conversely, being forced to stop driving is generally viewed by elders as a
major loss of independence. Yet, an unfit driver is a potential killer. When
should a person quit driving, and how do we convince our loved one that he or
she must give up this independence?
A story in the January edition of the Mayo
Clinic newsletter focuses on the dementia and driving problem.
The article points out that while memory is an issue, a person with Alzheimer’s or another dementia
may have trouble prioritizing visual cues which could have even more of an
impact on driving safety.