(KTVI) – Driving is a freedom and autonomy. More importantly, it’s a privilege and not a right. So, how do you choose the right time and way to tell an elderly family member that it’s time to give up the care keys?
Some people are able to continue driving in the early stages of Alzheimer`s disease, but it requires ongoing evaluation to ensure safety. Dr. David Carr of Washington University’s School of Medicine tells us the following are signs that it may be time to stop driving:
- Forgetting how to locate familiar places
- Failing to observe traffic signs
- Making slow or poor decisions in traffic
- Driving at an inappropriate speed
- Becoming angry or confused while driving
- Hitting curbs
- Using poor lane control
- Making errors at intersections
- Confusing the brake and gas pedals
- Returning from a routine drive later than usual
- Forgetting the destination you are driving to during the trip
The Alzheimer’s Association has a 24/7 call center to answer all those hard questions. Their number is 1-800-272-3900.
For more information and guidance on Alzheimer’s Disease, go visit their site here.