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Dementia and Driving Don't Mix

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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.

Vital Information:

  • 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.
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