What have we found so far?
Up until now, physicians and researchers have said that people with early symptomatic AD can usually continue to drive safely in the early years of their disease. The American Academy of Neurology recommends that driving cessation be based on a Clinical Dementia Rating of 1 or higher, concerns of a caregiver, and/or driving history in certain driving situations. See their recommendations here.
We cannot make specific driving recommendations from our study at this time. However, we have found that cognitively normal older adults who have higher levels of those abnormal Alzheimer’s biomarkers (Aβ and tau) make more errors on a standardized road test and are quicker to fail the test than those who have more normal levels of the biomarkers. See more information about each of our publications by clicking on the links on the left side of the page.