By Deborah Crowther
Summer months are often a time for Holidays, family reunions, and traveling. If you are caring for someone who has dementia, this can present some challenges. Here are some tips to make these events a better experience. Be realistic about what you and your loved one can handle. If you are traveling and visiting friends and family, you should consider:
Take a third person to help you
Plan breaks for you and the person you are caring for. Plan time and space for plenty of rest. Don't over schedule.
If flying, contact TSA 1(866) 289-9673, to request accommodations for individuals with dementia.
Before arriving, inform family and friends of the changes in the individual with dementia.
Plan the best time of day for activities and visitors for the individual with dementia. If they become more agitated in the afternoon or evening, avoid those times.
Pack medications and medical information with a list of emergency contacts. Keep readily available.
As much as possible, keep your daily routine.
The Alzheimer's Association's website is a great resource for additional information. Alz.org