Should Older People and Those with Dementia Have Their Licenses Revoked?
One in ten people over the age of 65 and three in ten people over the age of 85 have dementia. As a degenerative and debilitating disease, people with dementia find they are unable to perform some of the everyday tasks they used to do very well.
One of the major dilemmas for families and doctors of people with dementia is whether they should still be allowed to drive. Evidence has found the revocation of a driver's licence and subsequent loss of independence have severe negative affects on older people. But are they putting other road users in danger if they continue to drive?