As people conduct their holiday travel this year, planning and completing a long distance trip can be very stressful for the more than 70,000 Kentucky residents currently living with Alzheimer’s and their families.

While the symptoms of this progressive brain disease can sometimes make travel more difficult, it doesn’t mean families can’t travel with a loved one with dementia and participate in holiday festivities.

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Kentucky Chapter offers a number of easy tips to help ensure a safe and smooth trip when traveling with a person living with dementia. More tips and information are also available at

  • Stick with the Familiar: Travel to known destinations. Try to visit places that are familiar.
  • Be Prepared: Create an itinerary that includes details. Give copies to family members or friends. Keep a copy with you.
  • Pick the Right Time: Travel during the time of day that is best for the person with Alzheimer’s.
  • Avoid Layovers: If unavoidable, ask about airport escort services.
  • Ask for Help: For example, request airline personnel to help you navigate through the airport.
  • Find Local Support: Before you go, contact the Alzheimer’s Association chapter at your destination.