Driving FTD

Discussion in 'I have dementia' started by Countryboy, Jun 23, 2019.

  1. Countryboy

    Countryboy Registered User

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    #1 Countryboy, Jun 23, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2019
    I know Driving can be a controversial topic with varied views. ;);)

    but to give a little encouragement to those who maybe in the process of getting a diagnoses or may have been recently diagnosed with dementia and worried about driving

    at age 76 Just recently I replied again for my driving licence and I’m delighted to report I have been issued with a full 3 year Licence until 2022 :):) good news considering this November I will be in the twentieth year of having a dementia diagnoses :D:D
     
  2. margherita

    margherita Registered User

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    Hi @Countryboy ,
    my husband , who has just turned 81, can still drive locally and had his driving license renewed until May 2020.
    The specialist at the memory clinic last January was doubtful about letting him go on driving. She said we would talk about it the next time she saw him .
    The appointment is approaching and I do hope she will agree on not having his driving license withdrawn.
     
  3. Countryboy

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    Hi margherita well the renewal date May 2020 is long way off , and basically it’s not about the dementia diagnoses, it will be down to your husbands driving ability and his confidence it appears you are supporting him so that a plus I wish him all the best
     
  4. margherita

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    Thanks for answering and reassuring me @Countryboy
    I was worried OH's doctor would ask the " driving licence office" ( I don't know the exact English words) to withdraw it.
    Even though my husband seldom drives, it would affect his self-esteem.
     
  5. Countryboy

    Countryboy Registered User

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    Hi margherita I agree it can affect a person’s self-esteem it did mine also , however for OH to retain his driving licence, he may be asked to take a driving assessment

    hopefully your OH can prove he has the confidence and ability to drive under pressure it will be intense and difficult it won’t be a stroll in the park so to speak

    fingers crossed this won’t happen until May 2020when it comes up for renewal


    margherita ok yes I have been there and done it and it’s not a problem for me because I always gather evidence and prepare long way in advance

    again I wish you both the best
     
  6. silversea2020

    silversea2020 Registered User

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    But on the other hand, if deemed ‘unsafe’ to drive, then surely its best he doesn’t ?
     
  7. margherita

    margherita Registered User

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    My husband drives only locally, the farthest place where he goes is two miles away. We live in the country and the roads do not have much traffic.
     
  8. silversea2020

    silversea2020 Registered User

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    I don’t think criteria such as driving locally and ‘not much traffic’ enter a decision if it was felt that someone’s overall ability to drive was questionable - safety for all is the bigger picture
     

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