Dementia and Driving Don't Mix
For a fee, a service called Safe Return will give you a stylish -- but hard
to remove -- bracelet for your loved one that has an identification code and
two 800 telephone numbers. Should the loved one wander off, bystanders can
notify the service.
Finally, doctors and lawyers can be a resource too. "The doctor needs to
be brought into it early on," Allen says, noting that doctors can give you
an idea of the disease's progression, along with ways to deal with it. Local
lawyers who handle Alzheimer's-related cases may know the services available in
your community, she says. The local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association also
is a good place to start checking out possible resources.
- The American Academy of Neurology has issued new guidelines on when
Alzheimer?s patients should and should not be allowed to drive.
- Patients with moderate dementia should not be allowed to drive. Most of
those with very mild dementia may be ok to drive, but they should be
re-evaluated every six months.
- Driving can be an emotional issue for many patients, because not being able
to drive can take away a person?s independence.