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Each person will differ in their attitude about whether or not they can continue to drive with dementia. However, so you can continue to drive, you need to inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) that you have dementia.

Failure to do so can result in a fine of £1000.

The DVLA will ask for medical reports and possibly a special driving assessment to decide whether you can continue driving.

People with dementia must give up driving when their symptoms make them unsafe on the road. This is to protect themselves, their passengers and other road users.

The Alzheimer's Society have produced this useful booklet.

Staying as independent as possible is often very important for people, but may require some extra support. Having something such as a Help Card is a small but useful step.

This is a purse/wallet-sized card that gives the details of the person with dementia and their emergency contact, this can be used to alert members of the community should they encounter any difficulties.

You can apply for a Help Card by phoning 01628 529240 or through the Alzheimer's UK website.

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