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Driving and psychiatric illness in later life 

Driving and psychiatric illness in later life
Driving and psychiatric illness in later life

Desmond O’Neill

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date: 04 August 2021

Access to transportation, and in particular to driving, is possibly more important in later life for the maintenance of health and well-being than at earlier stages of life. Those involved with the care of older people with psychiatric illness need to routinely inquire about driving and transportation, and to develop routines of assessment and care which appropriately balance transportation needs and public safety. The increasing research evidence base favours a functional approach with emphasis on behaviour and judgement, collateral history, a broad view of cognitive function and a low-threshold for on-road testing for those with the early stages of dementia. In addition, initiating planning for transportation for when driving is no longer possible is recommended.

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