When Should Seniors Give Up the Car Keys? Some Guidelines.

From McKnight’s – A group of neurologists has released a set of guidelines to help physicians and family members determine when people with dementia should give up their car keys and stop driving.

“It is important that the decision to stop driving be directed by a doctor who is trained and experienced in working with people with dementia and their families,” said lead author Dr. Donald J. Iverson, who is with the Humboldt Neurological Medical Group, Inc. in Eureka, CA.

Caregivers and family members can be on the lookout for warning signs, which include: decreased miles being driven; collisions; moving violations; avoiding certain driving situations, such as driving at night or in the rain; aggressive or impulsive personality traits.

The guidelines appear in the journal Neurology.

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