9 Tips for Traveling with an Alzheimer’s Patient

Alzheimer’s can be an isolating disease, especially when distance from loved ones is involved. While traveling may become difficult, many people with Alzheimer’s are still fully capable of taking trips to visit friends and family with a few extra precautions.

Make Sure It’s Safe

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Some people with Alzheimer’s are too impaired to travel. Make sure to first talk with your loved one’s doctors and other professional caregivers before planning a trip. Be wary of warning signs such as severe disorientation, frequent emotional outbursts, and a desire to go home during short outings. Also be mindful of any aggression or violent behavior.

Plan, Plan, and Plan Some More

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Traveling is stressful enough in the best of circumstances, and acting as a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s complicates things even more. Offset that stress by planning everything as much as possible. Make sure you reserve hotel rooms and rental cars in advance, and give plenty of time for any flight transfers or other scheduled events.

Keep Essential Items Accessible

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Pack a carry-on bag with your loved one’s medical equipment. Prescription medicine is critical, but don’t forget snacks, drinks, and other comfort items. If incontinence is an issue, keep plenty of pads or adult briefs handy, and consider packing a change of clothes.

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