DRIVING PERFORMANCE IN PERSONS WITH MILD SENILE DEMENTIA OF THE ALZHEIMER TYPE

The objective of this study was to assess the effect of mild senile dementia of the Alzheimer type (SDAT) on driving ability. The setting was a university-based Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, which evaluates community-living older adult volunteers, and the university's Program in Occupational Therapy. Participants were healthy elderly controls (n=13) and subjects with very mild (n=12) and mild (n=13) SDAT. Dementia severity was staged by the Washington University Clinical Dementia Rating. The driving ability of participants on the in-car road test was scored independently by a driving instructor, blinded to the study design and to the dementia status of the subjects, and an unblinded occupational therapist. Results showed that some SDAT subjects retain "safe" driving skills. The greater the dementia severity, the greater the likelihood of poor driving ability.

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    Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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  • Authors:
    • Hunt, L
    • Morris, J C
    • Edwards, D
    • Wilson, B S
  • Publication Date: 1993

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00713897
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 9 1995 12:00AM