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January 17, 1996

Driving and Alzheimer Disease

Author Affiliations

Princeton, NJ

JAMA. 1996;275(3):182. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530270022012

To the Editor.  —In the article by Dr Fitten and colleagues1 regarding Alzheimer disease and driving, do the authors have data on what type of crashes and moving violations these patients were involved in? My impression is that many Alzheimer patients can drive reasonably well if their spouse is in the car giving necessary directions and advice. In an effort to allow patients to drive as long as possible (especially if only one member of an elderly couple drives and that person develops Alzheimer disease), it might be reasonable to evaluate driving ability of the two as a pair, with the spouse assisting the patient as he or she normally does.