Taking away driving privileges from a family member with Alzheimer’s can be challenging. Many members of myALZteam say they don’t have the heart to raise the topic, let alone enforce it, while others deal with angry reactions from parents or partners with Alzheimer's. “Mom made my life hell and cried how she couldn't even go to the cemetery anymore to visit my dad's grave,” recalled one member.
Caregivers talk about various strategies, including cellphone trackers, to monitor parents and partners who are still driving. “I know when my mom leaves and can follow her on my phone,” explained one myALZteam member. Another gives her dad a set of keys that don’t fit the car: “He’ll sit in the car, try the key that doesn't work, and come back in the house. By that time, he’s calm and has forgotten what he wanted to do.”
Members on myALZteam encourage each other to tackle the hard challenge of driving for everyone's safety. One member, echoing the concerns of others, said: “Please think of the possible consequences before you allow your loved ones to get behind the wheel of a car, which is potentially a weapon that can kill!!!”
On myALZteam, the social network and online support group for family and friends caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Driving is one of the most discussed topics.
Here are some question-and-answer threads about driving:
Here are some conversations about driving:
Can you relate?
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