At the Crossroads: Caregiving, Dementia & the Driving Decision

At the Crossroads

The Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical and Research Program (BU ADCRP), under the leadership of Dr. Robert Stern and in collaboration with the MIT AgeLab, and The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., is pleased to release new materials to help dementia caregivers with the driving decision.

Available Materials

Driving and Dementia in the news

Driving and Dementia Blog
Visit the Senior Living Residences blog devoted to Alzheimer’s disease and driving.  Written by BU ADCRP Co-Director, Dr. Robert Stern, the site elaborates on the difficult balance between public safety and personal independence.
The Patriot Ledger (with video) 11/2/07
At the Crossroads brochureThe Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. and the MIT AgeLab have developed this guide to help people with dementia and their families prolong independence while encouraging safe driving. This guide provides suggestions for monitoring, limiting, and stopping driving. The information incorporates the experiences of family caregivers and people with dementia, as well as suggestions from experts in medicine, gerontology and transportation.  This newly revised edition of At the Crossroads has been modified based on the collaborative research conducted with the BU ADCRP. 

Click here to download the free PDF version of At the Crossroads.

Click here to order additional hard copies of At the Crossroads.

The Boston Globe 11/5/07The Alzheimer’s Research Forum 11/3/07

Support Group Materials
At the Crossroads: The Support Group Leaders Kit on Alzheimers Disease, Dementia and Driving was developed from research conducted by a partnership of The Hartford’s Corporate Gerontology Group, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) AgeLab and the Boston University (BU) Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical and Research Program. The research team, under the overall direction of Dr. Robert Stern (Co-Director of the BU ADCRP), developed, piloted and tested a four-session educational workshop for caregivers on dementia and driving. One group, the control group, was not provided with any information on dementia and driving, a second group received print information only, and a third group took part in the educational workshops. Compared to the other two groups, those who attended the four weekly workshops were significantly more confident, better prepared and more likely to address driving-related issues with their relatives who suffer from dementia. 

Based on participant feedback, the piloted workshop was modified and produced as a support leader course, which is organized into three two-hour sessions with a total of nine lessons. It is intentionally designed in a simple, step-by-step format.

If you are a support group leader, you can use these materials with confidence. They are designed for practical application and based on solid evaluation research.

Click here for more information on how to receive a copy of the Support Group Leaders Kit on Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia and Driving.

Caregivers can use this Driving Warning Signs Worksheet to note dates and incidences of good and bad driving practices. The worksheet can be shared with family and healthcare professionals to make decisions about driving.  Click here to download the free PDF version of the Driving Warning Signs Worksheet.

At the Crossroads