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Any Advice For Flying With My Husband Who Had Alzheimer’s. Seems Security Check Is The Worst. Any Advice Would Be Helpful.

Any Advice For Flying With My Husband Who Had Alzheimer’s. Seems Security Check Is The Worst. Any Advice Would Be Helpful.

My husband can get short tempered with all of the commotion going on in the security area. He does listen to me and I can get him to focus most times. The trip could be our last. A friend is coming with to help.

posted December 29, 2020
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Hi Tess! It has been several years since I felt comfortable traveling with my Mom on a plane, but the last time we did fly, I contacted the airline and the airport to make sure we would be able to get a wheelchair and an escort when we checked in. My Mom didn’t really have mobility issues then, but the wheelchair allowed me to feel like we were able to avoid getting separated by accident. We also were able to get a special escort through security and were able to do advanced boarding. Definitely don’t hesitate to ask for help - even calling the airline to just describe what the problem might be, they might be able to help you troubleshoot some solutions. They want you to have a safe and easy trip, too! Sending hugs and support!❤️

posted December 29, 2020
A myALZteam Member

Thanks good advice.

posted December 30, 2020
A myALZteam Member

@A myALZteam Member Wheelchair assistance is key! Be sure to request it for every leg of the flights when you book your ticket, and then ask for a wheelchair the moment you get to the gate (sometimes they forget to provide it). We've done it with my dad a couple of times and it was the only way to make things go relatively smoothly. Make sure the wheelchair pusher stays with you from start to finish, and they can get you ushered through security in a much more efficient fashion. Again, wheelchair help through security is critical for everyone. Good luck. =)

posted January 15, 2021

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