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Being asked to weigh in on when an older patient should consider stopping driving is one of the more common ethical questions a primary care physician will encounter. There are many factors, some of which are cleanly objective, but many which are more subjective and difficult to easily incorporate into an official medical judgement. Rather than offering vague advice like “you’ll know when it’s time” or suggesting an arbitrary cut-off age, this talk will give you a solid understanding of the existing breadth of regulations and what physical changes are most common in aging that impact ability to drive, and explain the effect of cognitive decline on driving ability. You will leave this presentation with a more confident grasp of how to have this important discussion with patients as well as family members.

Bio: Dr. Alethea Fleming is a passionate advocate for naturopathic geriatric medicine. She is a Bastyr University graduate and earned a certificate in Gerontology from the University of Washington. Dr. Fleming is the owner of the Vital Aging Clinic in Anacortes, WA, where she has provided care to elders and someday-elders for over a dozen years. Dr. Fleming is adjunct faculty at Bastyr University and Middle Way Acupuncture Institute as well as a proud member of AGS, WANP, and AANP.

*This talk is certified by the WANP for 1 category 1 CE credit for Washington NDs.*

This presentation will take place February 17th, 2022.