How to Travel Safely When Your Loved One Has Alzheimer’s or Another Form of Dementia

When you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another form of Dementia, a lot of consideration has to go into your travel plans. Something unfamiliar, or what seems unfamiliar, is a simple trigger that can upset them. As their condition progresses, travel can become overwhelming. Regardless of the stage of the disease, here are some tips to help you plan a safe trip whether it be to visit family or to go out to eat.Woman supporting man on wheelchair

  1. An underrated travel must is bringing an updated list of medical information and emergency contacts. Also, don’t forget necessary medications so that if anything happens, you are prepare.
  2. On top of necessary medications, having your travel itinerary, a comfortable change of clothes, water, snacks and activities are suggested by the Alzheimer’s Association. It’s a good idea to plan your day ahead of time to avoid involving too many changes in daily routine.
  3. If you’re staying in a hotel, consider informing the staff ahead of time of any specific needs, so they have the means to help you in any situation. In general, traveling during the day is the best time for someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia.
  4. When in doubt, go with the choice that provides the most comfort. In most cases that choice will be the one that involves the fewest changes to your loved one’s daily routine. Try to visit places that are familiar and that were visited before the onset of Alzheimer’s or another form of Dementia.
  5. A new tip is having the family member or friend with Alzheimer’s wear an identification bracelet. If not that, have your loved one carry a list of important numbers in his or her wallet in case of wandering.
  6. Lastly, set realistic expectations. As frustrating as a new illness may seem, it is important to remember the limitations the onset of Alzheimer’s or any other form of Dementia may create. If your loved one exhibits any signs of extreme fear, aggression or delusion, it may be a better keep your activities local.

Alzheimer’s caregivers frequently report high levels of stress. Multiple symptoms of caregivers include denial, anger, anxiety, and more. While you as a caregiver are focused on helping your loved one, it is also important to make sure you are taking care of yourself. If you feel stressed, reach out to friends, family, or the Alzheimer’s Association hotline found on their website www.alz.org for advice or assistance.

Sources: http://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-and-traveling.asp

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What is Undue Influence and How an Elder Law Attorney Can Help

When a person has diminished mental capacity, is ill or isolated, they become more vulnerable to those who might do them harm.

At times, people take advantage of those who are elderly or vulnerable for financial gain or control over assets. One form of exploitation is undue influence.

Undue influence is not typically considered a crime in and of itself, but acts as the means for committing a crime. It is commonly recognized by the misuse of one’s influence to substitute his or her own will for the will of another. The influencer takes advantage of his or her position of power over another person and the consequences can be very destructive.

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How You Benefit from Powers of Attorney

A health care power of attorney is an essential part of your estate plan.

A health care power of attorney is an essential part of your estate plan.

When planning for the future of an elderly family member or child with special needs, you should consider preparing a powers of attorney. Powers of attorney are a simple and inexpensive way to help manage financial and medical accounts if you or your loved one is no longer able to make decisions clearly.  For reasons of simplicity and clarity, it is usually better to have separate financial and medical powers of attorney.

Powers of attorney eliminates the worry and stress of managing financial and medical accounts during a time of incapacitation. Powers of attorney are prepared by your attorney and give control over financial and medical accounts to an agent, who is normally a family member or trusted friend. The agent is then granted legal authority to manage the principal’s accounts, usually while he or she is unable to.

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