American Academy of Neurology releases new guidelines for driving - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/12/10

American Academy of Neurology releases new guidelines for driving dementia patients

By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Many patients with Alzheimer's disease can safely drive for years after they are diagnosed, but eventually the keys will need to be taken away. Now doctors and caregivers have guidelines to help them determine when it is time. Researchers with the American Academy of Neurology released new guidelines detailing when dementia patients should no longer be able to drive. They say caregivers can look for certain signs, for example if their loved one is driving fewer miles, has been in an accident, or avoids driving at night or in the rain. Doctors should use the clinical dementia rating scale to spot patients who may be at an increased risk for unsafe driving.

The researchers stress more than one source of information is needed when determining whether a patient can still drive and the decision should always come from a doctor.

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