Health Tip: Dementia and Driving
(HealthDay News) -- Dementia is a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or thinking skills.
Because the progression of dementia varies, deciding when a person is no longer able to drive safely can be difficult, says the National Center on Caregiving.
For caregivers and those who have a loved one with dementia, the center suggests:
If the person has mild dementia, have driving skills evaluated immediately.
If the person with dementia passes, continue to have driving skills evaluated every 6 months.
Watch for behavioral signs, such as disorientation and difficulty processing.
Watch for poor driving behavior, such as drifting or incorrect signaling.
Encourage the person to drive on familiar roads, and avoid nighttime driving.
The NCC also suggests reducing the need to drive by arranging alternative transportation.
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