Quality of Life Issues - Driving

Canada is seeing older drivers well into their 70s and 80s on the road. Although many are successfully maintaining a healthy, independent lifestyle; there is however increasing likelihood of physical ability and/or mental fitness changes being present which make continued those driving a risk.

There is overwhelming evidence that cognitive impairment affects the ability to drive safely. Dementia reduces memory, attention, visual-perception and executive function, all of which are needed to be a safe driver. However, up to a half of drivers in early stages of dementia are still safe to drive.

The attached presentation reviews the issues of driving, age and cognition and recommends a strategy and resources to guide a physician’s assessment of driving capacity.