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A dementia diagnosis reframes life and causes regular routines to change, and these changes progress with your loved one’s disease. Even though you will have to modify how you live life, it doesn’t change the fact that you still have daily activities to accomplish. There will still be times when traveling is necessary, such as for important events, family gatherings, appointments, etc.

Learn how to prepare for a trip with a loved one with dementia.

  1. Timing it right will help your loved one will have a better traveling experience. Sundowner’s Syndrome is common in individuals with dementia and causes symptoms of anxiety and confusion to become more prevalent in the evenings. In this case, try to plan to travel in the morning.
  2. If you are planning to fly, calling the Transportation Security Administration ahead of time will give you and your loved one insight into what to expect when going through security. Special accommodations can sometimes be made for your loved one as well.
  3. For longer trips, having an extra caregiver to come along to help can give you a break if things get stressful. Traveling with an individual with dementia requires patience, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you think you need the support.
  4. You should always stay beside your loved one while traveling, but to be sure, giving them an identification bracelet with your information will ensure you reunite if anything were to separate you.
  5. Those with dementia are more sensitive to loud noises, so consider arranging a quiet place for them during trips. It might be hard to do this if choosing to fly but allowing them time to themselves after arriving may help.

Always have realistic expectations while traveling with your loved one. Traveling can be stressful, so it’s essential to feel comfortable and find assistance when needed. Keeping your and your loved one’s limits in mind will promise a better traveling experience. Plan ahead and ask for help from friends or family.