Welcome to Driving with Dementia


I have dementia and I am still driving. I am interested in:


Dealing with my emotions

  • Having to stop driving is a major life change for many people.
  • It is understandable that you may be experiencing grief and feeling a variety of emotions.
  • Give yourself the space and time to feel all of them.

Sometimes it is hard to know how you are feeling. Try to identify your emotions by answering these questions:

  • Do you feel sad because you think giving up driving means giving up your independence?
  • Do you feel angry because you don’t think you should have to give up driving?
  • Do you feel confused because you don’t understand why you have to give up driving?
  • Do you feel a loss in terms of pride of ownership because giving up driving means giving up the car you love?
  • Do you feel worried because you don’t know how you will get around without driving?
  • Do you feel embarrassed by the idea of having to tell others that you are no longer able to drive?
  • Do you feel guilty because if you give up driving, you will need to ask others to help you get around?
  • Do you feel relieved and you are okay with giving up driving?

All these feelings are common. Next, try these ideas:

  • Talk to someone you trust like your family, friends, neighbours or faith leaders.
  • Talk to your doctor or other healthcare professionals.
  • Join an in-person or online support group.
  • Contact your local Alzheimer Society (click here) for support and resources.      

Here's what a person with dementia has to say:

  • Take a deep breath. Let it out. Everything will be fine. It's really scary at first. It seems like you're giving up your freedom, but actually, there's a freedom also in not having your licence.

For ideas of who to talk to about your emotions, use this worksheet called Not Going It Alone: Who Can Offer Support (click here). It was produced by The Hartford. After reviewing the worksheet, when you close the worksheet's web page, it will automatically take you back to here.