Tips to Traveling with a Loved One with Alzheimer's

Tips to Traveling with Alzheimer's

Traveling is an activity that comes with great joy as well as trepidation as your loved one’s disease progresses. It is wonderful to continue visiting family and seeing new places but doing so creates new challenges. Problems include the obvious disorientation and fear of getting separated, but with proper preparation the upside can be so much greater as you create memories together and with your family and friends. If your plans include air travel, there are additional challenges. We have traveled a lot, so, on a recent trip, I had not anticipated a problem with super crowded airports, very loud announcements, or layovers in airports without family restrooms (really, LAX?). The airport experience was overwhelming for my husband and he hung on to me as if his life depended on it. I tried to find a quiet place to sit during our layover but in some large airports, those spots are hard to find. When we arrived home, I decided to start a check list to make future travel more appealing to both of us. These are a few of my tips: 1. When possible, travel with family and/or close friends. Having children and grandchildren along not only creates an opportunity for extra laughs but family and friends can help with your loved one’s comfort level since there is familiarity in an unfamiliar setting.