Because COVID-19 restrictions have eased, more people are traveling again. A trip can bring benefits for someone living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia and those caring for them. New activities, sights, and foods can be stimulating. A getaway can restore a sense of normalcy and be a form of self-care.
But a change in routine can also be stressful for someone living with dementia, resulting in irritability and confusion. For the person with memory loss, it can be scary and difficult to reorient in a new place. And the risk for wandering increases in an unfamiliar environment. If they have wandered or gotten lost before, it may be a sign they should no longer be traveling.
Below is a short guide for traveling with someone who is living with dementia which outlines the potential benefits, best safety practices, and warning signs that the person may no longer be able to travel.