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When Should a Person With Alzheimer’s disease Stop Driving?

People with very mild Alzheimer’s may be able to drive safely in certain conditions. But as memory and decision-making skills worsen, a driver with dementia may not be able to react quickly enough, so they may need to stop driving. Signs that a person with Alzheimer’s should stop driving include:

  • Comments from friends and neighbors about driving
  • Speeding or sudden lane changes
  • Confusing the brake and gas pedals

Explore eight signs that suggest a person with Alzheimer’s disease should stop driving.

Published by Chrishun Brown

Communications Manager for the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center

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