Tips: Is It Time to Stop Driving?
Some people are able to continue driving in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, but it requires ongoing evaluation to ensure safety. Here are some tips from the Alzheimer’s Association that it may be time to stop driving:
Forgetting how to locate familiar places
Failing to observe traffic signs
Making slow or poor decisions in traffic
Driving at an inappropriate speed
Becoming angry or confused while driving
Using poor lane control
Making errors at intersections
Confusing the brake and gas pedals
Returning from a routine drive later than usual
Forgetting the destination you are driving to during the trip
The Alzheimer’s Association also provides example driving contracts and local evaluation specialists. For more information on dementia and driving, you can also visit: www.keepingussafe.org. Or in Ontario, Canada, call John Bauslaugh at 905-309-1525.
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John has been reporting on home health care and independent living for over ten years. In addition to extensive research, John writes on important issues from personal experience.