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16/01/19Driving with Dementia

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We all worry about the elderly loved ones when it comes to driving, but they’re often safer than younger drivers!

Studies reveal that older drivers tend to take the same routes, to visit the doctors, friends, family or local shops, whilst also avoiding major roundabouts and dangerous junctions. Consequently, this makes them more familiar and skilled driving these routes.

However, issues do arise when older people are diagnosed with memory affecting conditions. In such cases, it’s essential that the DVLA is made aware and it’s the individual who has to notify them. If they’re unable to then it’s the doctor’s responsibility.

This can be a very difficult time for those being told they can no longer drive as it means a loss of independence.

The NHS have devised 3 important points to take on board whilst in this situation:

  1. The permission to drive is not a clinical decision, but a legal one.
  2. It’s not true that diagnosis means automatic loss of a drivers licence. Dr James McKillop’s work highlights signs to look out for.
  3. Technology in the form of black box’s or touchscreen computer tests could help speed up the results on whether it is safe for an individual to drive.

If you’re concerned about someone with dementia, it’s important to talk to a professional. Alina Homecare supports people with dementia. 

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