Traveling with Alzheimer’s or dementia during the holidays!

Living with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia does not mean it’s necessary to stop participating in meaningful activities such as travel. However, it does require planning to ensure safety, comfort and enjoyment for everyone. For all travel, regardless of distance or duration, it’s important to take into account the specific needs, abilities and preferences of everyone involved. For example, if you have always gone to Florida in the winter, you can continue the tradition until the trip becomes too difficult or is no longer relaxing for the person with dementia or the caregiver.

 

Tips for a calm traveling experience:

What to keep in mind for visits to family and friends:

Prepare friends or family members for the visit by explaining dementia and any changes it has caused. Go over any special needs and explain that the visit could be short or that you may need to change activities on short notice. Some additional considerations:

 

We hope these tips will make for a more enjoyable travel experience.  The Alzheimer’s Association wishes you a happy and healthy holiday season.  Our 24/7 helpline is open during the holidays for all your needs at 1 800 272 3900.