Flying with someone who has dementia

Traveling during the holidays is always a challenge. And going through security, boarding the plane, and sitting for hours is a double challenge for someone who has dementia. Here are a few tips to make it easier:

  • If possible, pack everything in a light backpack to carry on board to avoid waiting at baggage claim.
  • Check in online to avoid lines at the airport.
  • Leave the lace-up shoes at home. Velcro shoes or slip-on shoes are a must.
  •  Most airports have a seating area a few feet from where you pick up your belongings where you can put yourself back together.
  • Just beyond that is a handicapped seating area where you can hitch a ride on an electric cart that brings you to your gate.
  •  Use the family restrooms, rather than the public restrooms.  Your loved one will appreciate the help.
  • Take advantage of early boarding.
  •  Bring your own food, snacks and water.
  •  Let a flight attendants know about special needs. They are more than willing to help.
  •  Don’t worry about your loved one getting locked inside the cabin restroom. It is possible to open the door from the outside.
  • Bring a CD player or get headphones for entertainment and relaxation.
  • Sit back and try to relax!



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