means graduations, weddings, family reunions and vacations. We CAN travel with loved ones with dementia and other special needs, but there are also good reasons why travel may not be advisable. Travel is a break from routine and unpredictable, full of potential pitfalls for the person with dementia and their caregivers. In the early stages a person may still enjoy travel; as the disease progresses travel may be too stressful or disorientating. Consider what is best for you and your loved one.
Planning and preparation are critical when traveling with a loved one with dementia. Travel with lists of medications, emergency contacts and legal documents. Be aware of the increased risk of wandering and make sure location trackers are in place and identification is on the person. Inquire about travel assistance in airports, on trains and cruise ships. Escort services, wheelchairs and other services are often available. A road trip may need to be broken into shorter drive days. With planning, travel can be a positive experience for both of you.
experience the agony of “Why?” We want to know why dementia, brain injuries and other diseases are happening to our loved ones. My spouse is the picture of health, why is he so sick? There is no answer and we might get angry or depressed because of the “unfairness” of life. If we work through our feelings and pain we may be lucky enough to come to acceptance, and even be able to ask “Why not?” Our “why” may become: How do I face this with strength? Get help in the support groups at Elderhaus and in the community. You are not alone.