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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Car keys mean freedom, Taking away keys tough but ...

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What You Need to Know

Taking the keys away from a parent or loved one with Alzheimer's, dementia or similar diseases can be difficult. Here are tips to make the task easier:


· They forget how to locate a familiar place and get lost.

· They fail to observe traffic signals and signs.

· They become angry and confused while driving.


· Ask a doctor to write a "do not drive" prescription.

· Have them tested by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

· Offer to drive or arrange other transportation.

· Have someone the person respects and trusts recommend they stop driving.

· Park the car on another block or in a neighbor's driveway.

· Hide the car keys or disable the car by removing the distributor cap or battery as a last resort.


· If the person wanders, he or she can get lost while driving, so register them in the Alzheimer's Association's Safe Return Program. Call 1-888-572-8566 or go online to alz.org and click on "medic alert + safety center" on the right-hand side of the home page.

SOURCE: Alzheimer's Association