Dementia concerns 46% of families with older drivers

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 15:15
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CONCERN: 46% worried about older drivers

A decline in cognitive abilities, such as the onset of dementia, is the greatest concern families have about elderly relatives driving, a study has suggested.

Research by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) revealed 46% of people are worried about conditions including dementia affecting their relatives.

The survey found 42% of people concerned about an older relative driving have tried to discuss it with them.

Simon Best, Chief Executive at the IAM, said: “Staying healthy is the simplest way to ensure you are fit to drive but an independent and objective driving assessment will also help people make the right decision at the right time.

“Experts warn that the numbers suffering from dementia will continue to grow and it is important drivers seek advice before using their cars.

“Families and friends need to be aware of the early warning signs of dementia and seek advice and medical help as soon as possible.”

More than 800,000 people in the UK currently have dementia, with this figure set to increase to more than one million by 2021.

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