Driving and Alzheimer's

Posted on May 18, 2018

For people with Alzheimer's who have to give up driving, there are many questions and concerns. It can be difficult to accept and can result in complicated logistical issues. For caregivers, it can be uncomfortable to bring up to a loved one, let alone to enforce. It helps to talk about it with others who have been in your shoes.

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 top 10 topics most discussed.

Here are some question-and-answer threads about driving:

My mother still drives and I don't think she should. How do I approach this without her getting angry?

My mom hasn't had any issues driving yet, but the doctor just sent a letter to the DMV. has anyone had this experience & how do you tell them that can't drive any longer?

Here are some conversations about driving:

Our son’s car died, and he is driving my husband’s. He asks every day where his car is and gets progressively angrier.

I explained to my husband that the government will not just take his driver's license, but they may ask for a driving test.

My husband is so mad he can't drive. We went to the doctor three times and he has talked about safety and why he can't drive and my husband remembers nothing.

Can you relate?

Have another topic you'd like to discuss or explore? Go to myALZteam today and start the conversation. You'll be surprised just how many others may share similar stories.

Feel free to ask a question here.

A myALZteam Member said:

On our last appt. Doctor said he can't drive any more. He's really ok with it.. we walk every where since we don't have a car. It's ok, it's good read more

posted about 1 month ago

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