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If you or a family member has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you likely have many questions. One question is likely about whether or not you can drive. Your ability to drive impacts many areas of your life, and many people want to be able to continue to transport themselves for as long as possible.

In most cases, patients diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s disease or a mild case of dementia can still drive themselves. Generally, a driving evaluation must be taken to clear the patient for driving. As Alzheimer’s disease progresses or in cases of moderate and severe dementia, the patient should not drive. Medical professionals may be obligated to inform the Department of Motor Vehicles if their patient’s medical condition could possibly affect their driving.

It is recommended that drivers with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia be re-evaluated every six months. If the patient fails to pass their driving evaluation, their license can be withdrawn immediately. Occupational therapists, clinicians and other professionals may be able to perform driving evaluations.

A driving evaluation consists of two parts: a clinical evaluation and a road test. During the clinical portion of the dementia patient’s evaluation, the practitioner will review the patient’s medical history and their driving record. Vision will be checked to eliminate any vision issues which could impair the patient’s ability to drive. Tests will be performed to assess the patient’s memory and judgement, as well to test their responses. The patient’s general motor function will be tested to assess their strength, flexibility and range of motion all factors that will impact their ability to drive.

The road test will be performed by the dementia patient’s occupational therapist, and a driving instructor may also be present. During the driving test, the patient’s handing, judgment, and ability to problem solve while driving will be monitored. Also, a general traffic assessment of driving skills will be performed.

If the Alzheimer’s or dementia patient passes the evaluation, they should still be monitored on an ongoing basis. Family and friends should do so, as symptoms of these conditions can advance rapidly.

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