Dealing with the Effects of Dementia on Driving Ability


At a certain point in time, older adults will experience a decline in mobility and strength. Physical changes may affect their independence. They may need to take advantage of home care services in Ontario, Canada for assistance with various activities including driving.

Driving has already become a part of a person’s everyday life. But, with the onset of dementia, older adults will find it difficult to drive their own cars—doing so is not safe for them or for the community.

Signs that Driving is Already Dangerous for Dementia Patients

There are various signs that can help you determine when to encourage your loved ones with dementia to stop driving. These include:

  • Getting confused on what to do with traffic lights such as stopping on a green light or driving through a red light
  • Having troubles reaching their destination and at times not arriving at the destination.
  • Driving too slow or too fast
  • Traffic violations
  • Slow response times when driving
  • Collisions and vehicular accidents

You will need to assess your loved ones’ driving ability based on these signs. A provider of Homecare in Canada can assist you with the assessment. Take note, though, that a doctor is not the person who will determine if the individual is fit to drive or not. The doctor will only forward their diagnosis to the appropriate authorities.

Talking to Your Loved Ones about Driving

The ability to drive can often signify the independence of the person. Not being able to drive can strike a blow on their sense of control over their lives. So, it is important that you discuss the situation thoroughly and openly with them, not just prohibiting them from driving immediately.

Your loved ones with dementia may respond in two ways. They can either accept the situation or deny the difficulties they are experiencing. If they readily accept what is going on, everything will be easy. If they refuse, you can try the following:

  • Have a care provider explain the situation.
  • Let the doctor give them a prescription not to drive. Most seniors tend to believe and follow a figure in authority.

Divine Favour Home Care always aims to promote the safety and health of our clients, especially the elderly. Allow us to help you with your or your loved ones’ care through our Personal Care Services and more. Call us today!


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