Is It Safe To Drive With Alzheimer's Disease?

Doctors are working on a test to determine if a person with Alzheimer's disease can safely get behind the wheel.

As the population ages, the number of Dementia and Alzheimer's patients continues to rise, putting more memory impaired drivers on the roads. But researchers at the University of Iowa created a combination of off-road cognitive and actual driving tests that they say can assess a person's ability to drive.

Drivers with Alzheimer's disease committed 27-percent more safety errors than those without Alzheimer's. They also discovered patients who did better on the off-road tests made fewer driving mistakes.

These tests could help prevent more accidents while allowing elderly drivers keep their freedom for as long as possible.


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