Dementia is one of the conditions that drivers are required by law to report to the Roads and Maritime Services. While having dementia doesn’t automatically mean a person can no longer drive, it will require them to get a medical assessment and possibly undertake a practical driving test. As driving impacts on independence, the issue is highly complex and often fraught and emotional for all involved.
With the number of people living with dementia in Australia expected to soar from an estimated 332,000 people currently to more than half a million by 2030, the NRMA and Dementia Australia NSW recognised the need for these resources. They aim to ensure the person with dementia is supported to remain independent and keep driving for as long as it is safe to do so. When that is no longer the case, there must be appropriate support and information available to make what can be a really difficult transition from driver to non-driver as smooth as possible. Staying on the Move with Dementia is important to ensure people are informed of and understand their rights and responsibilities and are aware of alternative solutions to help retain their independence and mobility.
Staying on the Move with Dementia provides a raft of helpful measures around driving with dementia and alternatives for people when they can no longer drive. These include:
- How to identify early warning signs that dementia may be affecting someone’s driving
- Advice on how to help the person deal with the condition and how to prepare them for the time when they can no longer drive
- How to access alternative transport options when a person can no longer drive