Dementia and Driving
According to the National Institute on Aging, there are more than 41 million licensed drivers age 65 and older on the roads, up from 26 million just 20 years ago. As a person ages, changes in health, including problems with vision, hearing, and reflexes, may affect driving skills.
The risk of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash also increases as a person ages. When a person has dementia, the risk increases more.
What happens when the person with dementia is no longer able to stay safe on the roadways? Click here to read an how to recognize an unsafe driver and what to do when your loved one can no longer drive safely.