This guide provides a summary of the key issues surrounding driving and dementia and describes what other mobility options exist for people who can no longer drive.
Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a group of illnesses that cause a progressive decline in a person's functioning. Dementia will affect memory, concentration, judgement, vision or problem-solving. It will also affect a person's thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks, including driving.
What does a dementia diagnosis mean?
The progressive nature of dementia means that a person's ability to drive safely can be compromised, due to a decrease in abilities such as problem-solving, reasoning, judgement, vision, planning, and insight. For this reason, many doctors and health professionals believe that a diagnosis of dementia is incompatible with holding a driver's licence.
A person who is diagnosed with dementia will at some point need to stop driving. A list of important contacts is included within the guide and can be accessed here.