Many people enjoy travel as a form of recreation, relaxation, and an opportunity to learn. While travel may be a positive experience for most people, it poses special problems for people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
An older person with memory loss who suffers from chronic pain may not be able to tell her caregiver how she feels or ask for help to relieve her discomfort. Instead, she communicates her distress with moans, crying, becoming agitated, stubborn or combative, refusing to eat or take part in daily activities she usually enjoys.
How often have you misplaced your keys or glasses? Or can't remember where you parked your car at the mall? Do you occasionally forget people's names?
Almost everyone experiences some memory loss as they age. The brain gets older just like the rest of the body and it doesn't work as well as it once did.