Driving and Dementia Toolkit

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The toolkit is published by the Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario in 2011, with the help of the Alzheimer's Society and a team of health professionals from different backgrounds (including medicine, nursing, social work and occupational therapy) to assist persons with dementia (PWD) and their caregivers, in planning for retirement from driving. This toolkit is divided into four main sections:

  1. A general overview of dementia and driving and a road map (algorithm) to help you understand the health professional’s assessment process
  2. A description of the assessment process
  3. What to do depending on the outcome of the assessment (a safe-to-drive “green” section; an unsure “yellow” section and an unsafe-to drive “red” section, including tips for an alternate transportation plan)
  4. Resources, including a sample advance directive (reprinted with permission from The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.), a sample letter from the doctor and a list of additional resources.

At the back of the toolkit, there is a separate section for pamphlets that may be helpful for caregivers/families and a list of resources in your region:

A recent letter titled "When it is time to hang up the keys: the driving and dementia toolkit -- for
persons with dementia (PWD) and caregivers -- a practical resource" was published in the journal BMC Geriatrics and provides more detail on the project: