For many, the fun of summer includes vacation travel and day trips. With planning and simple tips, people living with Alzheimer’s and those who care for them can continue to enjoy traveling.
The disease advances over time, and travel plans should reflect this progression. Early on, someone may be able to fly independently with an airline escort to and from their gate. As needs change, a person may require wheelchair transport through an airport and the constant presence of a caregiver. The following tips can make traveling less stressful and more rewarding:
- Select options that provide the most comfort and the least anxiety. Driving will take longer than flying but may be less stressful and offer more flexibility.
- Stick with the familiar. Known destinations can mean less confusion.
- Keep a bag of essentials on hand with medication, medical information, emergency contacts, personal care items, extra clothing, water, snacks and activities.
- Travel during the time of day that is best for the person with dementia. If agitation increases in the evening, travel in the morning or early afternoon.
- Allow plenty of time for rest. Don’t over-schedule and don’t hesitate to ask for assistance when you need it.
Wherever you travel, take the Alzheimer’s Association® along. Our 24/7 Helpline, 800.272.3900, and our website, alz.org, are always available for information and support.