Alzheimer’s NZ says travelling with someone who has dementia or cognitive issues can be confusing or even dangerous if plans are not well thought out or if the person is not properly supported.
In the early stages, people who have had a diagnosis of dementia are often keen to live life to the full, and this is likely to involve travel.Leaving New Zealand usually involves flying, and most trips are long, with stopovers and crossing of time zones. This is stressful for most people, but more so for the person with dementia and their travel companions.
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Introducing the Dementia and Alzheimers Video Collection
After Tomorrow: A Touching Short Film (15 minutes). Returning to the village of his estranged wife, James grows increasingly concerned when the sinister owner of the guest house refuses to let him leave.
Alzheimers NZ’s website is full of practical advice, information, and resources for those of you caring for a friend or family member who has dementia, and for people who are managing their own dementia needs.
We’ve made it easy for you to access the many helpful factsheets at Alzheimers NZ's website … click here to visit the Resources page and choose the information sheets you feel will help you the most.
If you are caring for someone with dementia, you may find this article and the related audio, video, and factsheets helpful.
The social and economic impact of dementia
An illuminating and sobering report from Alzheimers New Zealand and the Ministry of Health shows that more than 40,000 New Zealanders are affected by dementia, and that number is growing. This will have a significant economic and social impact for us all.