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Can Mom or Dad Drive Safely with Dementia

For a person with dementia, driving becomes increasingly dangerous due to slowed reaction times (https://nihseniorhealth.gov/olderdrivers/howhealthaffectsdriving/01.html) and loss of alertness. How do you know when it's time for Mom or Dad to be behind the wheel? Here are five things to look for that indicate it's time to turn over the keys. Does he or she:

  • Get lost while driving in a familiar location?
  • Fail to observe traffic signals?
  • Drive at an inappropriate speed?
  • Become angry, frustrated, or confused while driving?
  • Make slow or poor decisions?

Please do not wait for an accident to happen. Take action immediately!

For more information, go to http://www.alzheimersweekly.com/2016/02/worried-about-driver-with-alzheimers.html

About One Call Senior Services:

We can offer our expertise to you in areas of:

  • Estate planning, wills, trusts and power of attorneys by an Elder Law Attorney
  • Help with identifying problems with loved ones, offer guidance, advice, and transitional management by a Geriatric Care Manager
  • Companionship and assistance to help one maintain their independence and safety in their own home; as well as Medical Management with Medical and Non-medical home care agencies and an In-home Physician
  • Smooth moving and transition to a new living environment with the help of a dedicated Realtor and a Move Management company
  • Discounted long term care insurance: A program of long term care insurance is an important part of one's retirement plan as it can help ensure a plan for financing the cost of caregiving in elder years.

For more information, visit http://www.lehighvalleyseniorservices.org/home; email LVSeniorServices@gmail.com; or call 610-674-2210.

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