Traveling with Alzheimer’s

ImageAccording to the National Alzheimer’s Association, approximately 5.4 million Americans now have Alzheimer’s disease. The numbers are staggering, by 2050, more than 15 million Americans could be living with this disease, a disease which annually costs the nation $200 billion[1].  Scientists are working to develop approaches to prevent or cure the disease, however awareness is a step we can all take to support our community members struggling with Alzheimer’s, especially during November – Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. 

Alzheimer’s is a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. It is the most common form of dementia and progressively gets worse as it develops. Although there is no current cure for Alzheimer’s, there are ways of slowing its advance and helping patients with some of the symptoms while encouraging a normal, active lifestyle.

Traveling with a cognitively impaired patient can be difficult, especially when there are many unforeseen factors that can occur in the setting of commercial air travel.  From long lines, to lost luggage, traveling with a loved one with advanced Alzheimer’s requires planning.  Depending on the severity, many Alzheimer’s patients may become very disoriented and experience outbursts when their normal routine or environment is changed.

At Angel MedFlight, we understand the complexities of traveling with loved ones suffering from this disease and can provide trained medical escorts experienced in assisting patients in need of memory care. Should their condition require more structured travel, Angel MedFlight is also able to transport your loved one in a medically configured Learjet with the full capability to provide the highest level of care.

If you desire to travel or need to relocate and you anticipate that the trip will be difficult for your loved one, contact Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance Service. Critical care flight coordinators are standing by 24/7 to be a reassuring voice on the other end of the phone. They are there for you and your loved one every step of the way.

Alzheimer’s Copendium. 2011 Traveling with Alzheimer’s Patient.

Alzheimer’s Association. 2012 Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures. Alzheimer’s and Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, 2012; 8:131–168.


[1] Alzheimer’s Association. 2012 Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures. Alzheimer’s and Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, 2012; 8:131–168.

 

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