While vacations are a time to relax and escape from the stressors of daily life, it is still important to be aware of the early signs of Alzheimer's Disease. Traveling away from home, whether to a familiar vacation spot or to somewhere new, could possibly make the signs more noticeable. Unfamiliar settings, crowds of people and loud noises can be overwhelming to your loved one and may increase the manifestation of symptoms. If you notice the following while on your trip, perhaps it's time to start considering Alzheimer's care options:
- Forgetting recently learned information. If your loved one is forgetting your vacation destination, how you arrived at the location or why you are there, it could be a sign of Alzheimer's. While it's normal to occasionally forget information and remember it later, having to be told the same information repeatedly could be an early sign of dementia.
- Changes in mood or personality. If you are visiting one of your loved one's favorite destinations, it may be difficult to understand his or her mood swings while there. Alzheimer's can also cause a noticeable personality change that could be perplexing for family members, especially children. Try and be aware of whether your loved one's mood change can be connected to something that happened or if it is seemingly unexplained.