The Driving Dilemma: The Complete Resource Guide for Older by PhD Dugan Elizabeth

By PhD Dugan Elizabeth

It is no mystery that our inhabitants is getting older. in truth, it will not be lengthy prior to one in 4 drivers might be over the age of sixty five. examine indicates we will outlive our skill to force through nearly ten years—but realizing while to prevent or restrict using is not transparent. The riding predicament is a accomplished source for older drivers and their households dealing with questions on riding defense. Dr. Dugan offers transparent, worthwhile information regarding the consequences of age, health conditions, and drugs on using. She deals sensible recommendation on how you can speak about this factor with household. Such talks should be tough, and the publication offers not just the proof, but additionally a research-based method of verbal exchange, with worthwhile pattern discussion scripts that can assist you speak about using together with your household. additionally incorporated are state-by-state listings of accessible assets, making this ebook a complete details resource for households.

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Some common antipsychotic drugs are Risperdal® (risperidone), Zyprexa® (olanzapine), Haldol® (haloperidol), and Thorazine® (chlorpromazine). Almost all antipsychotic medications can significantly impair driving ability. These drugs can cause drowsiness, which is sometimes severe. They can also affect the central nervous system and interfere with a person’s ability to think clearly or control movement. A person taking antipsychotic medications who experiences any of these symptoms should not drive.

MY ADVICE Since dementia is progressive, it makes sense to talk about driving retirement (cessation) as soon as a diagnosis is made—even if driving is not, at the moment, limited. Creating a plan in advance for a gradual transition to driving cessation is a key step. If possible, it’s best to reach an understanding and agree on a plan before the disease is too far advanced. ———TRANSIENT ISCHEMIC ATTACKS AND STROKE——— Debbie hung up the phone in disbelief. ” Within weeks, they sold their home and were driving a shiny, new recreation vehicle loaded with every conceivable amenity.

But if it remains untreated, people slowly lose their peripheral vision until they view the world as if through a tube. Eventually all vision is lost. The driving-related danger is that a person may have early-stage glaucoma and a related reduction in peripheral vision without knowing it. DIABETIC R ETINOPATHY Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes and a leading cause of blindness. It occurs when diabetes damages the tiny blood vessels inside the retina. Like glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy often has no early warning signs.

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