The holiday season is a time when families come together. Many travel long distances to visit friends and relatives, and these are important traditions that mean a lot to everyone. Persons with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can still participate, at least up to a certain point.
In the early stages, many with dementia still enjoy traveling, but planning becomes more important than it has been in the past. Be prepared, and count on everything taking longer than it used to. A person with dementia should not travel alone.
If you’re going to see family and friends, discuss the situation, make sure everyone knows what’s happening, and give suggestions on how each person can help. Many persons with dementia have times of the day when they feel and function better. Schedule tasks and travel around this and try to stick to familiar routines as much as possible.
Stick to the familiar as much as you can, and stay alert. Distractions and busy places can trigger behaviors your loved one doesn’t display at home, such as wandering off.
Prepare a bag with things you might need and keep it with you while traveling. If you’re flying, take it as a carry-on.
The bag should contain anything vital, including:
- Medical information
- Travel itinerary
- Phone numbers
- Change of clothes
Take your loved one’s condition into account. If the disease has progressed into the later stages, traveling will be overwhelming and difficult. Observe his or her ability to deal with change and unfamiliar places. If you see severe disorientation, agitation, paranoid or aggressive behavior, or a tendency to wander off, it is wise to stay at home.
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