- First Steps 31min
- Assessment 25min
- Dementia 11min
- Working Together 18min
Ethics of Geriatric Driving
What You'll Learn
- Existing regulations about upper limit of age in driving
- The physical skills that impact driving ability
- The signs of cognitive impairment
- How to recommend driving evaluation options appropriately
- How to advise on safe restrictions and removal of driving privileges
- Your legal obligations as a physician regarding a patient’s ability to drive
Being asked to weigh in on when an older patient should consider stopping driving is one of the more common ethical questions that a primary care physician will encounter. There are many factors to consider, some of which are clearly objective, but many of which are more subjective and challenging to incorporate into an official medical judgement. Rather than offering vague advice like “you’ll know when it’s time” or suggesting an arbitrary cut-off age, this course will give you a solid understanding of the existing breadth of regulations. Dr. Alethea Fleming will discuss which physical changes are most common in aging that impact the ability to drive and will also explain the effect of cognitive decline on driving ability. By the end of this course, you will have a confident grasp of how to have this important discussion with both patients, as well as their family members.
Dr. Alethea Fleming, ND is a passionate advocate for naturopathic geriatric medicine. She is a Bastyr University graduate and earned a certificate in Gerontology from the University of Washington. Dr. Fleming is the owner of the Vital Aging Clinic in Anacortes, Washington where she has provided care to elders and someday-elders for over a dozen years. Dr. Fleming is adjunct faculty at Bastyr University and Middle Way Acupuncture Institute, as well as a proud member of AGS, WANP, and AANP.