February 11, 2015

Driving and dementia

Staying on the move with dementia
Alzheimer's Australia NSW
National Roads and Motorists' Association (Australia).

Dementia is one of the conditions that drivers are required by law to report to the Roads and Maritime Services. While having dementia doesn’t automatically mean a person can no longer drive, it will require them to get a medical assessment and possibly undertake a practical driving test. As driving impacts on independence, the issue is highly complex and often fraught and emotional for all involved.
Staying on the Move with Dementia provides a raft of helpful measures around driving with dementia and alternatives for people when they can no longer drive. These include:
•How to identify early warning signs that dementia may be affecting someone’s driving
•Advice on how to help the person deal with the condition and how to prepare them for the time when they can no longer drive
•How to access alternative transport options when a person can no longer drive

**The library holds multiple copies of this - ideal for Support Groups.

Changed conditions ahead : dementia and driving guide for families and carers
Dementia and driving guide for families and carers
Alzheimer's Australia Vic
This guide is for carers, family members and friends of a person with dementia who is driving, or has recently stopped driving. Topics covered include: recognising driving warning signs, responding to changes in driving ability, when safety is an immediate concern, starting the conversation about driving, working with health professionals and staying active, mobile and connected.

Life after licenses [DVD]
This film shares personal stories highlighting key issues surrounding driving retirement and dementia. It aims to assist people with dementia and their carers to access support at this potentially difficult time. The film was produced by the Life After Licenses group on the Mid North Coast NSW, with funding from the NRMA Community Support Fund.
The Life After License group was formed between Community Care Options, the North Coast Aged Care Assessment Team, Alzheimer’s Australia and Community Transport to develop supports for people who are required to stop driving after a diagnosis of dementia or other health reasons. We recognised that giving up driving can be an emotional or difficult decision, especially if the decision is made under the direction of a doctor or government authority. Although it is virtually inevitable that everyone will need to give up driving as they age, it should not mean the end of leading a fulfilling and meaningful life.

These resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au

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