Health Watch -- Alzheimer's Disease: Driving
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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about Alzheimer’s disease and coping strategies for patients and caregivers. The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease may not be so obvious in the early stages, but even then, they can create a deadly danger for a person behind the wheel of a car.
Dr. Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, a neurologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the decision to take away a loved one’s car keys is a difficult one. Some danger signs to look for include the number of accidents or tickets. Other signs include driving too fast or too slow for the circumstances, getting lost or confused in previously familiar areas, mixing up the gas and brake pedals, irritability while driving, or difficulty signaling or turning. If you notice a pattern of this kind of behavior, you’re helping your loved one and everyone else on the road if you seek a medical evaluation.
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