Driving is an important part of independent
living for most older adults. But Alzheimer’s disease and other serious forms of
dementia can make driving unsafe. A person who is confused about where he is can be unpredictable to other drivers,
causing dangerous situations on the road. Confused drivers may take the
wrong cues from the cars around them. Instead of obeying the red light, this driver
mistakenly follows the car next to him. Drivers with memory loss may forget
the most basic rules of the road. As the disease progresses, driving
will become too dangerous to continue. Talk with your family and your health care provider about your transportation options. Plan ahead
for a time when driving is no longer possible. The car is only one way to get around. Stay safe – for yourself and for
others on the road!