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Holiday travel tips for families facing Alzheimer’s

Holiday travel can be hectic for just about everyone who does it, but even short trips to visit family and friends during the holidays can be stressful for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia. Careful and thoughtful planning can help ensure safety, comfort and holiday enjoyment for everyone involved.

“The holidays should be a fun and relaxing time for friends and family, but we know it can also be a stressful time for caregivers and people living with dementia,” said Amanda Nobrega, vice president of programs for Upstate New York Chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association. “Keeping your loved one’s needs top of mind for all travel decisions can allow for less stress and confusion and provide a joyous time for all.”

When planning your holiday destination, consider these tips from the Alzheimer’s Association to provide for a more calming travel experience for someone living with Alzheimer’s:

  1. Make an itinerary that includes details about each destination. Give copies to loved ones you will be visiting or to emergency contacts at home.
  2. Travel during the time of day that is best for the person with dementia. For example, if he or she becomes tired or more agitated in the late afternoon, avoid traveling at this time.
  3. Allow plenty of time for rest and don’t over-schedule.

For more helpful tips, visit the Traveling page at alz.org.

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