Older Drivers

Frequently Asked Questions

8. Can a person who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease keep driving?

Having early–stage Alzheimer’s or any other health condition does not necessarily mean the end of driving. But you should pay attention to how well you drive. People with Alzheimer’s or other kinds of dementia may not realize they are no longer safe drivers.

It’s important to tell a family member or friend if you become confused when driving. Ask them to tell you if your driving becomes unsafe. If you or someone you know is concerned about your driving, talk to your doctor and consider getting a driving evaluation. People with moderate and severe dementia should not drive.

(Watch the video to learn more about driving with Alzheimer's disease. To enlarge the video, click the brackets in the lower right-hand corner. To reduce the video, press the Escape (Esc) button on your keyboard.)