Welcome to Driving with Dementia


I have dementia and I am no longer driving. I am interested in:


Getting around without driving

Driving is certainly a convenient way to get around, and yet it is not the only way. Think of all the places you go to and then see if any of these options would work for getting there:

  • Lifts from family and friends
  • Carpooling
  • Public transit - but if you tend to get lost, you need to have someone take you to the transit option and meet you at your destination.
  • Taxis and ridehailing (e.g., Uber, Lyft) - but if you tend to get lost, you need to have someone meet you at your destination.
  • Community organizations that offer driver services
  • Retirement residences with van service
  • Lifts from members of your religious organization

Consider changing some of your routines with the support of someone you trust such as a family member, friend, or neighbour. For example: 

  • Instead of visiting the bank, set up automatic bill payments.
  • Instead of going to the grocery store, mall, and pharmacy, shop online and use grocery and pharmacy delivery services, as well as services like Meals-on-Wheels. 
  • Instead of going out to services like the hairdresser or doctor, arrange for home visits.

Learn about alternative transportation options in your province or territory (click here).

Here's what a person with dementia has to say:

  • People are there to help and they like to help. It makes them feel good to help. If you rely on people a little more it can actually be a good thing. It can bring you closer together.

See how this woman with dementia plans with her family for when she can no longer drive.

Source: The Alzheimer's Association 

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