Driving abilities in frontotemporal dementia patients

V. De Simone, L. Kaplan, N. Patronas, E. M. Wassermann, J. Grafman*

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Objective: To evaluate driving competency and the relationship between neuropsychiatric symptoms and driving behavior in frontotemporal dementia (FTD) patients. Methods: Fifteen patients with a diagnosis of FTD and 15 healthy controls were administered a driving simulation task. Measures of driving performance and neuropsychiatric symptoms were assessed. Results: The FTD patients received more speeding tickets, ran more stop signs and were involved in more off-road crashes and collisions than the controls. The patients' overall average speed was significantly higher. Driving performance was correlated with agitated behavior. Conclusions: Behavioral changes characteristic of FTD patients have an impact on their driving skills leading to inappropriate driving behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalDementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2006


  • Dementia
  • Dementia, frontotemporal
  • Driving
  • Frontal lobe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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