Taking The Keys From A Loved One With Alzheimer's

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The Long Goodbye

“It’s very sad to see such a brilliant man having trouble with the simple things," says Saunderstown resident Barbara Bourn, whose husband Tom has Alzheimer’s Disease. She tells her story in her cozy living room, with a friendly German Shepherd mix named Rocky at her feet, remembering the "...things he used to enjoy. It’s sad. Some refer to it as 'the long goodbye.'”

For older people, driving can mean the difference between freedom and dependence. But what happens if Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia begins to take hold? When do family members know it’s time to take away the keys?