Time to ask for the keys? Deciding when dementia patients are unfit to drive

One expert says they shouldn’t automatically be taken off the road

Knowing when it’s time for your loyal, older patient to stop driving and telling them so can be emotionally draining for many GPs, particularly when balancing the known risks of social isolation with the unknown risks to public safety. 

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And when it comes to patients with dementia, all this becomes even more complicated.

Monash University geriatrician Professor Joseph Ibrahim is a passionate advocate for allowing older people with mild dementia to stay on the road if they wish to and if they have the skills to do so. 

“If a driver can’t remember how to