Holiday Travel Tips For Alzheimer's Patients And Family

Andy Dahn
November 17, 2019 - 1:52 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Whether it's by plane, train or automobile, holiday travel can be downright stressful. And for the more than 230,000 Illinoisans living with Alzheimer's and their families, it can be even worse.

"It doesn't mean that families can't travel or participate in festivities, it just takes a little extra preparation," said Elizabeth Cook with the Alzheimer's Association Illinois Chapter.

Cook continued, adding, "Try to stick to the familiar for the person with Alzheimer's. That means traveling to known destinations that involves few changes to their daily routine."

She also said staying prepared is key. 

"We think it's a really good idea to carry an itinerary with you that includes details about each destination that you're going to," she said. "Be sure to give copies to the family members and friends you'll be visiting."

She added that family members of someone with dementia should never hesitate to ask for help, whether that's from airline staff or the association's 24/7 help-line.