NEW YORK, May 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — With AAA projecting nearly forty-three million Americans to journey this Memorial Day weekend, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is presenting essential guidelines to households touring with someone residing with Alzheimer’s disease or every other dementia-related contamination.
“Traveling can nonetheless be enjoyable for households laid low with Alzheimer’s. However, adaptations may need to be made as the disease progresses,” stated Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and CEO. “Regardless of the way far you are visiting, taking some easy steps in advance can cross an extended way to creating the ride less difficult, extra cozy, and extra enjoyable for anyone.”
Family caregivers have to take into account the following recommendations:
Advise airways and motels you’re journeying with someone who has reminiscence impairment and informs them of protection concerns and unique wishes.
Inquire earlier with airports/educate stations approximately safety screening methods. In this manner, you could familiarize the individual beforehand approximately what will occur at the checkpoint to lessen capability anxiety.
Plan the travel mode and timing of your trip in a manner that reasons the least quantity of tension and stress. Account for the individual and their desires whilst making arrangements; if they tour better at a particular time of day, keep in mind making plans as a consequence.
Preserve the person’s routine as high-quality as possible, which includes ingesting and napping schedules. Small or strange modifications can be overwhelming and disturbing to a person with dementia.
Take every day breaks on road trips for food, lavatory visits, or rest.
Bring snacks, water, activities, and different consolation objects (i.E. A blanket or the individual’s favorite sweater), as well as an additional, relaxed trade of apparel to adapt to climate modifications.
Consider utilizing an identity bracelet and apparel tags with your loved one’s complete name and yours to ensure protection.
Take essential health and legal-related documentation, a listing of modern-day medications, and health practitioner records with you.
Depending on the experience length and/or the individual’s contamination stage, visit their doctor to ensure the tour is beneficial.
Families with questions about touring with someone who has dementia-associated contamination can communicate with a licensed social worker using calling AFA’s Helpline at 866-232-8484 or traveling www.Alzfdn.Org. The helpline is open seven days a week.