Alzheimer's and Driving

Warning Signs of Decreased Driving Abilities in People Who Have Alzheimer’s

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Max: What specific driving abilities decline in older drivers, even ones without dementia?

Carole: Well for one, older drivers have declines in their physical ability, meaning that they have declines in their muscle strength, their coordination, their reach, and in their range of motion for their arms, legs, upper body, and neck. Some may lose consciousness periodically when having TIA’s (also known as mini strokes).

Warning Signs of Decreased Driving Abilities in People Who Have Alzheimer’s


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Max: How do families convince someone suffering from Alzheimer's disease that they need to stop driving?

Carole: The most effective method is with several short conversations centering on health and safety. That way a pattern of open, calm, non-threatening dialogue has been started. There is no direct confrontation, no strain of asking them to change their driving behaviors. Opportunities to open discussion might be shortly after a car accident or near miss, or after seeing the doctor and new medicine has been prescribed for your family member.

How to Explain to Someone with Alzheimer's Disease that it is Time to Stop Driving