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Is there anything someone with Parkinson's can do in order to continue driving as long as possible?

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It’s essential to keep up regular exercise that maintains the muscle strength you need to operate a vehicle. It’s also essential to meet with your doctor and ask him or her about:

  • Medications and other treatment, like deep brain stimulation, that may treat your symptoms.
  • Medication side effects that can interfere with driving safety.
  • Referral to a center or specialist who can give you an off-road driving test.

From: Parkinson’s Disease: Driving a Car WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration: “Driving When You Have Parkinson’s Disease.” 

Family Caregiver Alliance: “Dementia and Driving.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Parkinson’s Disease: Hope Through Research.”

MD Consult: “Parkinson’s Disease: Patient Education.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 05, 2019

SOURCES:

National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration: “Driving When You Have Parkinson’s Disease.” 

Family Caregiver Alliance: “Dementia and Driving.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Parkinson’s Disease: Hope Through Research.”

MD Consult: “Parkinson’s Disease: Patient Education.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 05, 2019

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