Travel Tips from the Alzheimer’s Association
Whether taking a short trip to see friends and family or traveling a far distance for vacation, it’s important to consider needs, abilities and preferences.
Here is a list of tips from the Alzheimer’s Association.
Three things I think are important to consider and be aware of:
When I traveled by plane with my wife, I made sure to check with a TSA supervisor before going through a checkpoint, telling them my wife had dementia and asking which line would be best to get on. I always found them to be very helpful. In one case a supervisor at JFK walked us to and assisted my wife through the checkpoint. As she did she told me she and her sister took care of their Aunt who had Alzhemier’s, so she understood.
Check out their tips for travelers with medical conditions web page, and call the TSA Cares support line number on that page, I did and found them to be understanding and helpful.
Get a MedicAlert Safe Return bracelet for both you and the person you are caring for. Once you sign up and provide the medical and contact information, emergency responders can call a 24/7 hotline number to access that information. I got one for myself because if something happened to me, there was no way my wife could communicate in any useful way.
“My companion has FTD” cards
If your loved on begins to behave in a strange or non compliant way toward anyone, you can hand them the card. I was just told a story of someone travelling with her husband, he would not comply with the the flight attendant’s instructions. Worried the situation could get out of hand she handed the attendant the card and that helped to calm things down. A side benefit was the attendant showed her understanding and empathy by later bringing over a free drink. 🙂
Here is a link to the AFTD site where you can download a PDF and print out your own cards.