Driving is something most people take for granted. It gives us freedom, flexibility and independence. While we will all need to step out from behind the wheel one day, conditions such as dementia can mean that the decision to stop driving needs to be planned for and made much earlier than expected.
A diagnosis of dementia does not mean that a person must give up driving straight away however all people diagnosed with dementia are required by law to inform the Victorian driver licensing authority, VicRoads, of their condition. This post offers a set of resources developed by Alzheimer’s Australia Vic in partnership with RACV to support people with dementia and their carers in planning the transition to non-driving.
This guide is for carers, family members and friends of a person with dementia who is driving, or has recently stopped driving. Topics covered include: recognising driving warning signs, responding to changes in driving ability, when safety is an immediate concern, starting the conversation about driving, working with health professionals and staying active, mobile and connected. This guide complements the RACV Dementia Driving and Mobility brochure, which is available for download below.
Download a copy of CHANGED CONDITIONS AHEAD: Dementia and Driving Guide for Families and Carers (PDF, 1.75 MB, 28 pages)
YouTube: Staying Active, Mobile and Connected
Presented by Actor and Dementia and Driving Ambassador, Terence Donovan. This video outlines ways that people with dementia who need to reduce or stop driving can stay active, mobile connected.
YouTube: Starting the Conversation
This video features a series of Q&As with carers who have supported a person with dementia through the process of giving up driving. Carers discuss the challenges they and their loved ones faced and the things that helped.
This booklet provides a summary of the key issues surrounding driving and dementia and describes what other mobility options exist for people who can no longer drive, carers and health professionals. A list of important services and information sources are also included.
Download a copy of Dementia, Driving and Mobility – RACV (PDF, 1.9 MB, 13 pages)
Dementia and Driving Community Information Sessions
Community information sessions on dementia and driving for family and friends of a person diagnosed with dementia will be presented in nine locations across Victoria between March 2014 and March 2015. People with a diagnosis of dementia who are driving or have recently stopped driving may also be interested to attend.
Topics include: recognising driving warning signs; responding to changes in driving ability; legal and licensing requirements for drivers; starting conversations about driving; working with health professionals; what to do when safety is an immediate concern, and how to stay mobile, active and connected.
Upcoming session dates (Click the link to register online):
- Preston: Tuesday, 8 April 2014 To make a booking for this session, please phone Anna Civitico at Carelinks North on 1800 052 222.
- Ballarat: Tuesday, 13 May 2014
- Geelong: Wednesday, 28 May 2014
Further sessions will be delivered in Dandenong, Bendigo, Shepparton, Traralgon and Werribee.
Sessions will be interactive and provide opportunities for questions and discussion. Refreshments will also be provided.
For more information about a session near you, or to make a booking, phone (03) 9815 7822.