Dementia and Driving Safety: When is it time to stop?

Driving is a skill that requires clear thinking, attention, anticipation and swift decision-making skills. The development of dementia often makes driving dangerous. At the same time, many drivers resist advice to set aside the keys and continue driving. Families often find themselves in a no-win situation as they try to persuade a loved one to stop driving. Learn about the effects of the disease on driving, red flags for driving cessation, if a formal driving evaluation is necessary, and how to talk with your loved one about driving cessation.

A recorded discussion led by Jan Stephanides, originally provided on September 15, 2022.

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Jan Stephanides is an Occupational Therapist and a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist. She is the lead driving evaluator at UNC Health Blue Ridge in Morganton, NC.