When should someone with dementia stop driving?

Answer: For people with dementia, having to give up the keys is a certainty (“it’s not if but when”). While some drivers with mild dementia can continue to drive, eventually they will become unsafe (see the list of warning signs in question 7). It’s a good idea to talk about driving before safety becomes an issue and plan ahead to help ease the person out of the driving role. When possible include the driver in the decision making process. Sometimes, due to the driver’s lack of awareness of their dementia, they may not be able to understand the risks of continuing to drive.