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NCJ Number: NCJ 244079     Find in a Library
Title: Identifying and Helping a Driver With Alzheimer's Disease: Tips for Law Enforcement and Motorist Assist Workers
  Document URL: PDF 
Corporate Author: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
United States of America
Date Published: 11/2013
Page Count: 2
  Annotation: This instructional brief provides law enforcement officers and motorist-assist workers with information and guidance on identifying and assisting drivers with Alzheimer’s disease.
Abstract: One warning sign that a driver may have symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease is his/her difficulty in pulling over to the side of the road safely. Another warning sign is disoriented behavior, such as not responding quickly when asked, “Where are you going today?” or being on the wrong road or heading in the wrong direction for the destination the driver mentions. Other warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease include a shuffle in the person’s walk; vague answers unrelated to the question asked; and the inability to recall the correct date, time, and year. Nine suggestions are offered for interacting with drivers whom an officer suspects may have Alzheimer’s disease. First, so the driver can see you coming, approach the person from the front, and maintain eye contact, preferably without sunglasses. Second, introduce yourself and explain that you want to help if there is a problem with driving. Third, be calm, smile, and speak in a friendly voice. Fourth, speak slowly, ask simple questions, and allow additional time and encouragement for a response. Fifth, check for a tracking device or MedicAlert + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return ID. Sixth, be prepared for sudden mood changes. Seventh, if the driver becomes agitated, change the topic to a pleasant, non-threatening subject. Eighth, avoid touching the person without asking permission. Ninth, provide security and comfort, e.g., water or a comfortable and safe place to sit.
Main Term(s): Police training resources
Index Term(s): Persons with cognitive disabilities ; Traffic law enforcement ; Police-citizen interactions ; Vehicle stops ; Police specialized training ; BJA grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2010-SJ-BX-K001
Sale Source: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material ; Technical Assistance
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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