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What if I have early-stage Parkinson’s disease or early-stage or mild dementia and hope to continue driving?

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If you have early-stage Parkinson’s disease and early-stage or mild dementia -- and wish to continue driving -- you should get an immediate evaluation of your driving skills.

People with moderate-to-severe dementia should not drive. Some states automatically revoke the licenses of everyone diagnosed with moderate-to-severe dementia.

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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