How do I get my mother to stop driving?
My mother is 78 and although not officially diagnosed, I believe she is in the early stages of dementia. Her primary care recently prescribed Aricept but I have not noticed any difference in her memory or recall. She suffers from carpal tunnel and has a hard time using her right hand. In addition to all of this she has been having dizzy spells. She will not tell me the truth about how she is feeling because she knows I will tell her she can not drive. I have already restricted her driving to 2 major streets near our home that she can get to most everything she needs. Otherwise she gets lost. But I no longer feel that these 2 streets are safe with her on them. Up until recently I would have her drive my mother-in-law to the Council on Aging for exercise class on Monday morning (they both live with me) but no longer allow that because if they both got hurt in an accident I think I would lose my mind. I am pretty sure if she took a driving test she would pass because she would focus only on driving for that short period of time, but otherwise she is a very distracted driver. She has had many dings and scrapes on her car and has spent lots of money to repair them because in her mind if she can't see them they never happened. I have tried going through her primary care and he just offers up the driving test. Any thoughts??