Dementia and Driving
Families that have a loved one with dementia may find that in early stages, some drivers with dementia may be able to continue to drive safely. At some point, however, as the disease progesses, an individual with dementia will need to stop driving. For information about the issue of driving and dementia and about how to transition a loved one from driver to passenger, see At the Crossroads: Family Conversations about Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia and Driving (pdf).
Professional caregivers, support group leaders, social workers and other health providers who work with individuals with dementia or their families will find At the Crossroads: The Support Group Leaders Kit on Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia and Driving a resource for them around the driving issue. These materials can be ordered for free from The Hartford. The kit includes a copy of At the Crossroads: Family Conversations about Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia and Driving (pdf) as well as supplementary materials to help professionals talk to and provide support to individuals and families grappling with dementia and the driving decision.