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Driving

  • driving demands quick reaction times, concentration and the ability to exercise good judgment and make quick decisions [5]

  • all of these skills are impaired in those with dementia and thus there is an increased risk of motor vehicle crash

  • loss of one’s license can lead to feelings of decreased independence, freedom and mobility which can have profound effects on the individual and place additional strain on caregivers who must now assume this responsibility [5]

  • physicians are obligated to report any concerns about driving, however, it may be difficult for a physician to accurately assess a patient’s competency to drive in an office setting

  • the Dementia Network of Ottawa Carleton provides an algorithm for family physicians to follow to assess driving  and provides local community resources for formal assessment of driving skills  

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5. Lloyd S, Cormack CN, Blais K, Messeri G, McCallum, MA, Spicer K et al. Driving and dementia: A review of the literature. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy 2001; 68(3):149-55.

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