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Driving and Dementia: When and How to Have the Talk

Posted Jan 14 2013 12:00am

Taking 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.

Read more about how to convince an elder to quit driving:

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