Dementia and Driving

One of the hardest conversations to have with someone who has Alzheimer’s disease is the conversation about when they should stop driving.  Since driving requires the ability to make quick decisions and fast motor reactions, there will come a time when every person with Alzheimer’s will be unable to drive.

In our culture we often equate driving to independence. To preserve dignity, avoid isolation, and prevent the loss of independence, a plan needs to be in place for alternative forms of transportation.

Fortunately, there is a good resource for facilitating this discussion and discussing the alternatives.  The Alzheimer’s Association  now has a number of resources in their Dementia and Driving Resource Center, including safe driving checklists, resources for transportation alternatives, and videos to help families prepare for dealing with this difficult issue.

* The information contained in this Blog is intended for general information and educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or an opinion of counsel.