New guidance on when people living with dementia should stop driving has been published to support doctors and other healthcare professionals. ‘Driving with Dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment’ helps medical teams with the appropriate assessment and management of patients.

Researchers from Newcastle University, supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre have worked with a number of external partners, researchers and carers to create the guidelines.  The working group included people from a range of backgrounds including people affected by dementia, the DVLA, Alzheimer’s Society, old age psychiatry, occupational therapy, clinical psychology, nursing and general practice.

Many people with dementia, particularly in the early stages, are safe to drive so it is important that they are not prevented from doing so but making the decision to ask someone to stop can be difficult and hard to broach.


The guidelines are available to download here


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This can be a difficult conversation for anyone to have, whether you’re a family member or doctor, because losing the ability to drive can have a significant impact on someone’s independence and wellbeing.

However, someone who is no longer safe to drive can be a source of concern for families and loved ones, and may also put the driver and others at risk
Dr John-Paul Taylor, Clinical Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University, Deputy Lead for the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre’s Dementia research theme

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