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Special Considerations

Other factors that a physician should consider include:

  • initiation of therapy for cognitive, behaviour and mood symptoms

  • referral to groups such as the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada and Community Care Access Centers which offer services, education and support groups for patients and their families or caregivers

  • legal issues including updating of documents such as wills, advanced directives for medical care and designation of power of attorney

  • vocational issues for those who may still be employed

  • driving capacity needs to be assessed and other safety concerns may need to be examined[2]

  • planning for future care needs of the patient

 

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2. The Canadian Medical Association has produced a book to assist physicians in this complex task "Determining Medical Fitness to Operate Motor Vehicles CMA Driver's Guide" http://www.cma.ca/index.cfm/ci_id/18223/la_id/1.htm accessed January 2, 2007

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