July 23, 2018

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If you’re planning to travel with someone who has Alzheimer’s, there are a few things you should consider.

First, your decision to travel and the planning depends on the stage of the disease.

“As the disease progresses, it gets more challenging to travel,” said Charles Fuschillo Jr., CEO of Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

So talk to the doctor first.

Then, before deciding on where to go, “think about your loved one in choosing when, where and how you’re doing to travel,” said Fuschillo. “Go where the person is comfortable with. Try something that’s familiar. Travel to known destinations that have little change and keep the same routine as much as possible.”

Here are more tips:

  • Take important health and legal documents.
  • Pack necessary medications.
  • Prepare an ID bracelet or a tag with the patient’s name, your name and contact information.
  • Pick a time of day that works best for your loved one. If they’re not a morning person, don’t book a flight for 7 a.m.
  • Take a break, for you and your loved one, to prevent burnout.

For more tips and information, visit the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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