Holiday travel and disrupted routines can be hard for people with Alzheimer’s. Get tips that can help

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ROCHESTER — One of the reasons the holiday movie Home Alone is so memorable is that almost everyone can relate to it. The opening scene shows how a family, aunts, uncles and cousins ​​stay together the night before a vacation in Europe to wake up to catch an early morning flight. But things get very confusing, wild and hectic, leaving the youngest of the family behind. It’s funny, but uncomfortable in the movie, but if it actually happened, the situation would be terrifying.

Jokes aside, vacation trips and the disruptions of everyday life are pretty hectic for everyone. And if one of your traveler girlfriends is affected by Alzheimer’s disease, loading into your car for a holiday get-together can be even more difficult. But planning ahead can help alleviate some of the stress. The Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter has helpful hints.

Susan Parriott, CEO of Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter, said: “Planning ahead can dramatically reduce stress and confusion, and provide a fun time for everyone.”

Vacation travel tips.

  • Air, Train, Car, Bus: Choose your mode of transportation based on your needs, abilities, safety and preferences. Choose the one that is most comfortable and causes you the least amount of stress.
  • Keep destinations simple: Complex and elaborate planning can increase stress, anxiety and confusion. Consider a location with easy access to emergency medical services and pharmacies.
  • Keep instructions simple: Don’t overwhelm your schedule or overload your personnel with too much information or detail.
  • Keep your travel essentials close by: Keep your medications, up-to-date medical information, emergency contacts, and copies of important documents in your carry-on. Take plenty of water and snacks.
  • Brief the host: Inform the person you are with of the situation. If you are staying at a hotel, consider letting the staff know in case you need help during your stay.
  • Keep loved ones close: New places can cause anxiety and agitation in people with Alzheimer’s disease. These events can also cause loitering. Watch your loved ones closely, especially in crowded, unfamiliar places.

If you are on vacation or need information or assistance at any time, please call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900.

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