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Driving and Signs of Dementia

Dementia is a common brain disease that typically leads to Alzheimer's disease. As people get older, there are greater odds of developing dementia, which may eventually affect a person’s ability to drive safely. Thankfully, there are several warning signs you can look out for that may signal the need to arrange another type of transportation for your loved one versus them risking their lives while being on the road.

One easy indicator is to look for signs of lane deviation. Have you also noticed that the person has begun driving for shorter periods of time or doesn’t want to spend too much time driving? These may also be worth examining further.

The last thing we want is to find out that our loved ones have become lost while out on the road. While it is not uncommon, seniors that are dealing with the onset of dementia may drive several miles, ending up in unfamiliar areas. Always make sure they have a mobile phone on them or a phone book with up to date numbers so they can contact someone in the event they get lost and don’t have their phone.

Not paying attention to speed limits, confusing the gas and brake pedal, becoming unusually agitated on the road, these signs may indicate a need to find other transportation for your loved one to ensure their safety while still being able to live their lives.

This update is by iTransport Services, a non-emergency medical transportation Miami provider for paratransit VIP needs. Our company operates throughout Miami-Dade County, offering door-to-door transportation services. We also operate in parts of Monroe County’s Upper to Middle Keys and our fleet includes a series of minivans, vans, and sedans. For more information on non-emergency transportation service Miami, please call 305-662-6797.