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Letters: Driving and Dementia

Rothstein, Sheryl “Rustie


Encino, CA

I read your story on driving and dementia with interest. In the last few years, both of my parents' ability to drive declined. My father's was due to Alzheimer's, my mother's due to other health problems. Three doctors chose not to report my father to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Finally I did, and his license was revoked.

In my state, doctors are required to report to the DMV any patients who are diagnosed with dementia. Even with this requirement, many doctors refuse to report patients out of fear that it will upset them.

Sheryl “Rustie” Rothstein

Encino, CA

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