Dementia and Driving
The cessation of driving and revoking driving licenses has a negative impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals living with dementia and their carers. Globally, there are no guidelines about best practice for practitioners on the topic of driving and dementia. There are numerous factors involved in determining how and when a person should stop driving. If not handled sensitively, it can have devastating effects.
The researchers of this project have spoken with drivers over 55 as well as health professionals to develop a Driving and Dementia Decision Aid (DDDA) to guide and assist individuals to make informed and empowered decisions and minimise stress associated with forced decision-making. This also has positive knock-on effects not only for the individuals and their families, but also health professionals who are often the ones having to broach this subject with limited or no tools or resources to do so.
This resource is now available in the following languages: Italian, Greek and Vietnamese.
Professor Traynor, chief researcher on the project said the response to the English language version of the aid had been very positive, and that having the community language versions would make it easier for many people to initiate that conversation about driving. The DDDA is available for free from the web, or hard copy booklets are available for purchase.
The DDDA has been piloted by individuals living with dementia in Australia and New Zealand. These findings will also assist in the development of a new version of a DDDA in the USA. To learn more about other resources click here.
Dementia & Driving Workshops
After four successful workshops run in regional centres last year, the University of Wollongong in partnership with the Dementia Training Study Centres (DTSC) conducted another series of Dementia & Driving workshops for GPs, Nurses and Allied Health professionals in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth in May and June 2017.
The workshops aim to increase participants’ knowledge and understanding of approaches to dementia and driving retirement. Participants learnt how to support informed decisions by individuals with early dementia diagnosis, in partnership with their GPs, other practitioners, family members and carers. The Dementia and Driving Decision Aid (DDDA) booklet was provided to all participants at the workshop.
If you would like additional information about the Dementia and Driving project, to find out about future workshops or to order hard copies of the DDDA please email Nadine Veerhuis
In The Media
Community language versions of dementia and driving aid booklet launched, UOW 3 July, 2017
New decision aid booklet targets driving and dementia - UOW, 15 September, 2014
Driving and Dementia: Call for feedback on decision aid booklet - UOW, 30 April, 2013
Dementia and Driving is a interdisciplinary project that brings together researchers from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Science, Medicine and Health, Business as well as external researchers from other universities and organisations.
Dr Victoria Traynor is the program lead for multi-disciplinary postgraduate studies in aged and dementia care.
Dr John Carmody is a honorary clinical senior lecturer, Senior staff specialist Neurologist and Head of Department Wollongong Hospital.
Cathie Andrew is a lecturer within the School of Allied Health, Faculty of Health Sciences at the Australian Catholic University.
Associate Professor Melanie Randle is a Professor of Marketing within the School of Management, Operations and Marketing, Faculty of Business.
Diane Pastor is a Associate Professor in Nursing from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.
Dr Elena Marchetti is a Professor within the Law School at Griffith University, Queensland.
Nadine Veerhuis is a research assistant in the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health.
Reynolds Robert is a Road User Safety Manager from the Roads and Maritime Services.