DementiaRoadmap Wales

Promoting living well with dementia across Wales

Driving

Someone who is diagnosed with dementia may be able to continue driving for some time. However, they must fulfil certain legal requirements, including telling the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) of their diagnosis.

As the person's dementia progresses, they will reach a point where they can no longer drive safely and must stop driving. Giving up driving is not always an easy decision to make, many people find this very difficult to accept.

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  • Better planning for car ownership and well-being in old ageMay 31 2016This briefing paper published by the Housing Learning and Improvement Network seeks to connect the body of knowledge around the significance of car ownership in achieving well-being for older people to those making decisions that may impact on car ownership among older people.
  • Dementia DiariesJune 4 2015Dementia Diaries is a national project that brings together people’s diverse experiences of living with dementia as a series of audio diaries.
  • Driving and dementiaMay 21 2014This Alzheimer's Society factsheet explains the legal situation around driving and dementia, and gives some tips on stopping driving.
  • Disabled Bus PassFebruary 28 2019If you are no longer able to drive on medical grounds, you can apply for a free bus pass from the local council to get around.
  • Guidelines for Helping the Confused Older PersonMay 16 2019These guidelines are designed to help someone be able to provide assistance to an older person experiencing confusion or the cognitive changes associated with dementia although may prove useful for any age group with dementia.
  • Caring for someone with dementiaNovember 20 2019Caring for someone with dementia is a comprehensive booklet published by Age UK, whose network includes Age Cymru in Wales.
  • Living with early-stage dementiaLiving with early-stage dementia is a comprehensive guide published by Age UK, also known as Age Cymru in Wales.

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