A new app predicts On-Road driving ability in patients with Dementia. The article, recently posted in Today's Geriatric Medicine with contributions By Ruth M. Tappen, EdD, R.N., FAAN; Jamie Zahava Ramos, BA; David O. Newman, PhD; and Matt Newman, B.A., predicts screening tests will now be able to tell whether a person with dementia will fail a road driving test or not. The tests are meant to be administered by physicians or trained assistants while in the office. If the patient "fails" or has less than a 50% score, this indicates that they should have a more thorough driving test given by specialized occupational therapists. With this specialized evaluation, if the person with dementia fails these tests, you will have proof in writing that they can no longer drive.
Following the two tests once taken and scored, the specialist takes the total score, adds the Score onto the time spent completing the test, enters them online at the website, http://Fit2Drive.us or downloads its Mobile app to a cell phone (both Apple and Android) from the same website. The answer will indicate the probability that the person being tested could pass the road section of this driving test given by special occupational therapists.
Hopefully this will hep get some dangerous drivers off the road, and lower your stress level about your loved one driving with dementia. A special thanks to Carole Larkin, a Certified Dementia Consultant for her contribution on LinkedIn regarding this unique driving calculator for individuals with memory impairments.
Fit2Drive was developed and copywrited right in our back yard by F.A.U. College of Nursing in Boca Raton, Florida earlier this year. © 2016 - Fit2Drive: F.A.U. College of Nursing & SolveIT Consulting 2016.
In addition, F.A.U. College of Nursing is responsible for the Memory and Wellness Center a very unique Adult Day Center for persons with early dementia located within the F.A.U. campus. Barbara Curtis is the Administrator, responsible for running the great selection of activities for seniors in Boca Raton. If you know of a elder in need of a happy place to spend time with other seniors doing artwork, listening to lectures by a political contributor, shooting pool, listening to live music, growing a garden especially for seniors and lots of other activities, you will know that you have arrived at the right place.
Posted 22nd of September, 2016 by Olga Brunner, M.Sc., CECM
Tags: Today's Geriatric Medicine, Fit2Drive.us, F.A.U. Memory and Wellness
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