Dementia and Driving

Do you know someone living with Dementia?

Are they still driving?  How do you know when it is time to stop driving?  How can we keep them safe and allow for freedom and independence?

Heather Shields, OTR/L, CDRS, owner of Pathways Driving Rehab Services  performs driving evaluations and trainings with seniors and their family members.  This service is a blessing to the family when it is truly time for the senior to retire from driving.

People with mild dementia are typically still safe to drive.  When the dementia progresses to moderate and severe, it is no longer safe to drive.

Pathways Driving Rehab Services  is able to work with seniors and their families to help extend driving years.

Heather has put together a list of resources to assist you in speaking to your loved one about driving.  It feels like it is never a good time to bring this up. However, it is so much easier if we can start the conversations earlier.

Free video resources for older driversMany of us are aware of some of the free literature The Hartford insurance company has produced for older drivers and their families. “The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence and the MIT AgeLab researched the connection between exercise and driving and found that exercise may contribute to a more positive driving experience.”  The website shows four videos based on their research and focused on four areas – flexibility, range of motion, strength and coordination.

AAA Roadwise Review: A Tool to Help Seniors Drive Safely Longer
State-of-the-Art Screening Tool developed by AAA, available on CD-ROM, purpose is to screen capabilities associated with increased crash risk among seniors.

Counseling Drivers, options and alternatives

  • Retraining: with AAA or AARP classes
  • Public/private transportation options:
  • Family, friends
  • Independent Transportation Network
  • volunteer groups (churches, community centers, CAPs, et al)
  • Diminish need through assisted living arrangements, housing zoning, etc
  • NOT co-piloting

Hartford Foundation’s “We Need to Talk” 

Alzheimer’s Association, Dementia and Driving Resource Center

Free booklets
Driving Resources for Families

These guidebooks on driving safety are available

online or by mail:

“At the Crossroads: Family Conversations with Older Drivers”

“Your Road Ahead: A Guide to Comprehensive Driving

Evaluations.”

If you don’t have access to the Internet, you can order

any of these guidebooks by writing to: 

The Hartford

200 Hopmeadow Street

Simsbury, CT 06089

 

Pathways Driving Rehab Services  can help people living with Dementia drive safer, longer.
Call today to learn more 207-530-0307

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