Hope for Tomorrow Forum - Alzheimer’s and Driving
Posted on May 05, 2014
Hope for Tomorrow - Alzheimer’s & Driving, Are We There Yet?
Forum sponsored by The Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Dallas Chapter
May 3, 2014 – Lori Ashmore Peters from The Ashmore Law Firm and Tommy Crumpton from The Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation Adaptive Driving Program joint presentation at the Alzheimer’s Association Event, Hope for Tomorrow.
Mr. Crumpton began the joint presentation with information about identifying cognitive deficits in Alzheimer’s Disease that signal when it is unsafe to continue driving, understanding the driving skills assessed during a Behind-the-Wheel Evaluation and the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Medical Advisory Board Guidelines when driving with a change in physical or cognitive function.
Mrs. Peter’s presentation included information about the legal ramifications for people with Alzheimer’s disease who continue to drive once assessed as unsafe to do so. The presentation gave insight whether a physician’s assessment of incapacity is enough to have someone legally declared incapacitated. Mrs. Peter’s presentation also discussed the use of a Guardianship to assist families in caring for their loved ones who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.