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June 14, 2017

Can Your Senior Loved One Still Drive if She’s Been Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease?

Finding out that she has Alzheimer’s disease can be difficult for your senior loved one. It can often mean losing independence in a lot of different manners, such as gradually losing her ability to drive. Here are some ideas for addressing the situation with your loved one.

Talk to Her Doctor

As soon as you and your senior loved one know what she’s dealing with in terms of her diagnosis, talk with her doctor about what this means. Depending on the stage your loved one is in, she may be able to drive for a while yet without experiencing ill effects. Your loved one’s doctor can let you know what he recommends based on her current health and her prognosis.

Talk to Your Senior Loved One

Suddenly finding out that she has Alzheimer’s disease can be quite a blow for your loved one. Talk with her about how she feels about continuing to drive knowing this information. Some loved ones want to know what to watch for while others may not want to take a chance and are okay with giving up driving sooner rather than later. Instead of assuming, talk with your loved one to determine what she wants to do.

Watch for Signs that Your Loved One Isn’t Safe to Drive

If your loved one does opt to continue to drive, it’s important to start watching for signs as her Alzheimer’s disease progresses that indicate that she’s no longer safe to drive. Some of the signs to watch for could include getting lost on familiar routes, ignoring traffic laws, or becoming confused or angry easily while driving.

Develop a Plan with Your Senior Loved One

Work with your loved one to develop a plan for her future as a driver. If your loved one is involved in making the plan, then she’s less likely to feel as if you’re imposing something on her. She’s also going to be more likely to be cooperative with each stage of the plan as you need to start putting it into motion.
If it’s time for your loved one to stop driving, consider hiring senior home care providers to help with her transportation needs.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care Services in Oak Park IL, please contact the caring staff at Big Hearts Home Care today! 

Matthew Calcagno

Matthew is a graduate of Robert Morris College and is a U.S. Navy veteran.Matthew founded Big Hearts Home Care after over a decade at HP. Spending time volunteering at his grandparent’s senior center inspired him to make a bigger difference in the quality of care seniors receive.His grandfather whom turned 100 in 2015 is still a major inspiration to him in seeing that service is provided with a family focused touch.

It is his passion and commitment to providing quality service that has awarded Big Hearts Home Care as Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice in the Chicagoland area. He believes that being an independently owned and operated company allows him the flexibility to manage the business in a way that better serves the clients.

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"Helping people is what I was meant to do; it inspires and motivates me," Calcagno said. "I also get to help veterans - assisting them in the VA pension process and providing care for several in the area. This is what I love to do."

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