A Difficult Conversation - Driving With Dementia


Taking away the keys to a car or a driver's license to someone with the early stages of dementia may seem abrupt, extreme, disrespectful or punitive. Read these tips to start that conversation with your loved one.

Today there are an estimated 5 million people in the U.S. who have been diagnosed with some form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease being the most common form. If you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia, you’ll struggle with a number of challenges as a caregiver – medical, legal, financial, and daily care. You will also no doubt have to decide when that person should no longer drive. Most information about patients with dementia warns against driving. Even in the early stages of dementia or mild cognitive impairment, one or more functions of the brain can be affected, which can pose a risk when driving. Reaction time can be slowed. We worry about not only mechanical confusion, but the possibility of getting lost. Hearing, vision, and depth perception are also factors. As a caregiver, you may know that the best decision would be for your loved one to stop driving, but how do you even begin to have that conversation? And how do you convince mom or dad to stop driving when they don’t see or understand the problem. It’s not unusual for a parent to say something like, “I’ve been driving longer than you’ve been alive. I do just fine.” Anger or frustration may result on both sides from these conversations, but often there is no immediate resolution. This is a conversation that neither party wants to have, and there really are no winners. When faced with this situations, families need to consider these key points:

  • Assessing Driving Abilities

  • Open Lines of Communication

  • Providing Compassion and Support

  • Knowing When It's Time to Discontinue Driving

To learn more about these topics, and what the warning signs are for drivers with dementia, download  A Difficult Conversation - Driving with Dementia.

Take the time to discuss and prepare for this event with your loved one, and if necessary, enlist help from your physician or other healthcare professionals.

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Caught Between Generations Radio


SarahCare Caught Between Generations Radio, hosted by SarahCare founder and CEO, Dr. Merle Griff.

More than 40 percent of people in their 40s and 50s have at least one living parent, and a child under the age of 21 for whom they are providing care and assistance. Most likely there is also a job, a house to run, groceries to buy and meals to get on the table.

How can you cope with the massive demand on your time for love, attention, and decision-making skills?

We know it’s not easy but Caught Between Generations is here to help.

Our program is a one-stop shop for information and resources for caregivers of multiple generations. If you are caring for children, grandchildren, spouse and/or parents, you do not have the time or the energy to search for all of the information that you need. 

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  • Here Comes Treble!
  • MindStretch
  • Glazed and Amused
  • Lunch Bunch
  • It’s Trivial
  • Return to Golf
  • Fabulous Foodies
  • Out With the Boys
  • Virtual Travel
  • Tech Time

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Tips for Managing Caregiver Stress


As caregiver, your job of keeping your loved one safe, happy, and healthy is a stressful one. But just like the flight attendants tell us in their demonstrations, you need to take care of yourself first before you can provide assistance to others. Easier said than done, you say? Here are a few tips to help you take care of YOU.


When you are taking care of an aging parent or spouse, you may forget to focus on your own needs. Add in the demands of a job, children, or other family members, and suddenly you find yourself at the bottom of the list of priorities, stressed out and exhausted.

The fact is that caregivers need to put themselves at the TOP of the list. You need to be in good shape physically and mentally to take care of those around you.

More than likely, you already know that stress is an issue in your life. You may be experiencing some of these symptoms:

  • Reduced attention span and concentration
  • Constant irritability or dulled emotions
  • Withdrawal from regular activities
  • Stomach problems
  • Difficulty sleeping

Below are a few tips for managing stress. Even 15-20 minutes here and there each day to concentrate on relaxation will make a world of difference.

  • Exercise and enjoy something you like to do (walking, dancing, biking, swimming, etc.) for a minimum of 20 minutes three times per week. Yoga is a great stress buster!
  • Meditate. Sit still and breathe deeply with your mind as quiet as possible whenever you begin to feel overwhelmed. Even if you feel like you don’t have a minute – take one.
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, proteins, nuts, and whole grains. Resist the urge to indulge in fast foods, caffeine, and sugar as substitutes for healthy eating.
  • Take up friends on those offers to help. Treat yourself to a manicure, massage, dinner or a movie. Take yourself away from the situation and reward yourself for all that you do.
  • Indulge yourself now and then. Treat yourself to a manicure, massage, dinner or a movie. Take yourself away from the situation and reward yourself for all that you do.
  • Take a break. Whether it’s a few days per month, or a few days each week, SarahCare can give you the break you need. You can relax knowing your loved one is being cared for in a warm, safe, friendly environment by our caring staff of healthcare professionals.