Holidays and dementia
Being diagnosed with younger onset dementia shouldn’t stop you from going on holiday. In fact, holidays can provide an enjoyable break from your routine. They also present a great opportunity for quality time with your friends, family or carers.
A holiday can provide a chance to make memories for you and your family to cherish, while you’re still able to.
Being well prepared
Travelling with someone with dementia comes with its challenges. New environments can be confusing and difficult to adjust to if you have dementia.
To have the best possible experience, it’s good to plan as much as you can in advance. Do this with your loved ones who know you, or whoever you’re travelling with. Be aware of your capabilities and potential challenges when deciding where to go and what to do.
Before you book a trip, you’ll need to:
- Get medical clearance
- Consider how long you’ll be away for
- Book in advance – this can include planning for special assistance
- Pack ample medication and a letter from your GP or specialist detailing all your medications
- Ensure the person is always wearing a disease identification bracelet and carrying identification at all times
- Be covered by travel insurance.
Getting assistance from a travel agent can help reduce stress. They can provide you with resources, advice and pre-booked options with travel arrangements taken care of.