Alzheimer's advocates say talking about when to stop driving is best done early

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - At Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska, advocates are asking a tough question: when is it time to take away the keys from a loved one suffering from dementia?

Here's some warning signs that can tell you it's time to sit down and talk.

"Getting lost in familiar places, having a lot of near misses or fenderbenders," says Debbie Chulick of Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska. "We want to watch to see how their working turn signals, we want to watch to see if they're confusing the gas and the breaks...All of those are some warning signs to look out for."

Chulick says it's important for everyone involved to start talking about it as soon as possible -- otherwise talking can become more and more difficult.

"If you're starting to notice cognitive changes in your loved one, start the conversation early," she says.

More information about Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska can be found here.

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