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Dementia and the law

Driving and the Law

Some mental illnesses may affect your ability to drive, especially if you become acutely unwell and need admission to hospital. Some medications may also impair your driving ability.

You are required by law to tell the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) if you suffer from certain medical conditions. It is a criminal offence not to do so and is punishable by a fine.

This leaflet helps you know if you need to tell the DVLA about your illness.

Hard copies are available from 01224 554400 or email grampian@nhs.net

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What is….A Power of Attorney (Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000)

This leaflet explains about a Power of Attorney and how it can help you if you are not able to take actions or make decisions yourself.

Hard copies are available from Office of The Public Guardian 01324 678300 or email opg@scotcourts.gov.uk

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What is….A Guardianship Order (Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000)

This leaflet explains about a Guardianship Order and how it can help you if you are not able to manage your finances or welfare yourself.

Hard copies are available from Office of The Public Guardian 01324 678300 or email opg@scotcourts.gov.uk

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It's Your Decision - the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act can help you when you are unable to decide things for yourself

This leaflet explains how the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act can help you if you are not able to decide things for yourself. It explains who can get permission to make decisions for you and what decisions they can help you with.

Hard copies are available from Scottish Government 0131 244 3581

A Guide to Money and Legal Matters

Alzheimer Scotland publish a guide to money and legal matters aimed at people with early stage dementia and at family and friends caring for people with dementia.

More information and a link to the guide is in the Financial Help page.

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