I recently chatted with some friends who need to travel for a family wedding and desperately want to take Grandma with them, but Grandma suffers from Alzheimer’s, and they weren’t sure if it was a good idea.
Traveling with seniors can be the most fun you've ever had- but it can present its own set of "challenges!" Here are some tips:
- Research and Plan Ahead: Make as many reservations as possible and stay on the beaten path. When making reservations, notify them a senior is traveling and ask if they have any special accommodations or discounts. Also, a generic fish filet sandwich and a cup of McDonald's coffee can go a long way to help calm nerves!
- Always think about comfort and safety: While the "Maid of The Mist" at Niagara Falls may sound fun, it’s probably not the best for someone with balance issues! Always request assistance at airports, theme parks, and other places. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
- Be sure medications are filled. I’ve been on a trip with a senior whose prescription ran out on a Sunday while we were out of state. Not fun for anyone!
- Eat and Sleep Smart: Don’t let them fill up on junk food, pop, and beer. This will only make them sluggish and ill-tempered. Eat healthy food, get plenty of sleep, and drink water!
- Communication is key. Always keep them updated on the plans. The next day and the next hour. Answer their many questions with patience and love.
Did you know that Danbury Senior Living can help in these situations? If your loved one can’t make the trip, they can stay at Danbury with all the amenities of a resort at a comparable price. It can be 2 days or 2 weeks- give us a call to learn more!