Driving with Alzheimer’s

Each case is different

“If you’ve met one person with Alzheimer’s, then you’ve met one person with Alzheimer’s.”

In the Memory Loss Tapes, an HBO documentary produced outlining the struggles of driving while living with Alzheimer’s Disease, seven people are profiled showing how each driver’s circumstances and abilities vary widely even when living with the same disease.

Because of this variation, they may benefit from a driving evaluation.

Driving demands quick decision making

Planning ahead is key, according the the Alzheimer’s Association, the following tips will help insure a safe and respectful transition.

  • Involve family and close friends in the plan.
  • Confront resistance. Empathize with those who are uncomfortable having the conversation and stress the importance of preparing for the future.
  • Develop an agreement for all to share that includes practical safety steps, such as a periodic driving assessment, a GPS monitoring system for the car, and alternate transportation options.
  • Read more here.

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