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Are people w Alzheimers allowed to drive?

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Mr_FadedGlory

I am not aware of any laws specifically written to prohibit Alzheimer's patients from driving.

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I'm not sure if there are any specific laws against it, though you'd really think that there probably should be, at least as the illness progresses. However in most cases it is suggested that family members talk with their loved one early on, after diagnosis, about the fact that they will at some point no longer be able to drive themselves.

It's a tough situation to be in, and I think that as long as one's condition is being properly managed, then they are probably ok. It's when things start deteriorating that is the major concern.

The following might be helpful...

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/alzheimers/HO00046
http://www.alz.org/safetycenter/we_can_help_safety_driving.asp

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Hi Sephira, how can you tell the difference between Alzheimer's and someone who is senile?
I mean, other than a test from a doctor. Can you tell in their personality?
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From a medical perspective, senility is really just another word for dementia, even though the average person tends to use it in a less specific way. Alzheimer's is a type of dementia, so the symptoms would be similar.

You'd really need a doctor to an absolute diagnosis, but generally there are some "warning" signs that would give those around someone a clue that something isn't right. We are all absentminded from time to time, but when it starts becoming a daily or common occurrence, or starts interfering with daily life then it may be time to worry.

You can check the following as well for some specific things to look for -
http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_10_signs_of_alzheimers.asp
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Thank you so much for your time. I really appreciate it. ;0)
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Anytime!! :)
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I would not let them drive

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I don't think their family's would allow it.

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Depends on which stage of the disease they're in.

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Yes, but are there any laws saying they can't drive? What you say makes perfect sense of course, I'm just wondering what laws are in place.
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If the disease has been diagnosed to the person by a doctor then yes it is unlawful for them to maintain a driving license

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Well, the DMV form asks if you have any medical conditions that would interfere with safe driving and if you say yes, no license! So, I would say they are not allowed to drive!

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Thanx, but I don't think when a person is diagnosed w the disease they report it to the DMV . I guess when their license expires and they go for a new one they would have to reveal it at that point. But I'm sure there still driving until then.
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My father in law, got sick with that and nearly killed a kid on his bike, so hide all the keys drain the fuel, and tell them it;s broke, thats what I did then 6 weeks later he passed away, the kid is ok, too, you really need to keep them in an environment that is safe.

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Thanx Tammy , this is exactly the type of situation i mean.
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it's hard, but hopefully he had a great life up til the A got him,
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What does this have to do with art, design and photography?

Anyway, it really depends on how severe their case is.

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