When Should an Alzheimer’s Patient Stop Driving?

When should an Alzheimer’s patient stop driving? This is one of the toughest questions we help families answer. Scientists are creating tests to show when it’s time for people with early Alzheimer’s disease to stop driving. It’s one of a family’s most wrenching decisions, and as Alzheimer’s increasingly is diagnosed in its earliest stages, it can be hard to tell when a loved one is poised to become a danger.

Factor in that much of the country lacks public transportation, and quitting too soon restricts independence for someone who otherwise may function well for several years.


Elayne Forgie, Care Manager
ElderCare at Home