Education and Care

A Roadmap to Driving and Dementia


Whether someone is obsessed with cars or simply views them as a way to get from point A to point B, driving is so much a fact of adult life that giving up the keys isn't easy—especially when Alzheimer's disease is the cause. It represents a loss of independence, spontaneity and self-esteem.

When it comes time to for a loved one to stop driving, consider these successful interventions:

  • Hiding, shaving or swapping the car keys;
  • Removing the vehicle itself;
  • Disabling the car, by taking out the battery, putting a boot on one of the wheels, or clamping the fuel line;
  • Having a physician deliver the news, possibly writing a "do not drive" directive on a prescription pad to serve as a reminder later on; and/or
  • Incorporating instructions about driving fitness into a person's advanced planning directives.

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For more information, connect with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s licensed social workers. Click here or call 866.232.8484. Real People. Real Care.