Helping primary care to support people with dementia


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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  • 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.
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  • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) maintain registers of drivers and vehicles in Great Britain. It is important that practitioners encourage their patients with dementia to inform the DVLA of their diagnosis.DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1TU0300 790 6806