World Alzheimers Month: Travelling with Alzheimers
September 2013 is the second ever World Alzheimers Month, an international campaign to raise awareness of Alzheimers and challenge the stigma associated with it.
The theme of this year’s campaign is Dementia: A journey of care. During September Alzheimers organisations throughout the world will focus their attention on the care needed by people at all stages of dementia.
Alzheimers is a disease which causes progressive damage to the brain and is the most common cause of dementia across the world. There are estimated to be more than 36 million people in the world currently living with dementia and this is set to rise to 115 million by 2050.
Early symptoms of Alzheimers can include memory loss, difficulty performing familiar tasks, problems with language and changes in personality.
There is currently no cure for dementia, so providing care and support for people with the condition and their carers is very important.
Going on holiday with Alzheimers or Dementia
Having Alzheimers or dementia shouldn’t prevent you from taking a holiday. A holiday can give both you and your loved ones a much needed break from routine and a chance to enjoy something new.
Travelling alone can become difficult as the dementia progresses and many people prefer to travel with a companion.The Alzheimers Society provides a factsheet giving tips and advice to help planning a holiday for people affected by dementia and their families.
Travel insurance for Alzheimers and Dementia
If you are planning a holiday, it is very important to get the right travel insurance and ensure that cover for Alzheimers and any other existing medical conditions is included, that way you will be fully covered if you fall ill and need medical treatment whilst you are away.
If you don’t declare a medical condition such as Alzheimers you could be liable for your own medical costs which can quickly amount to thousands of pounds if you are hospitalised abroad.
Goodtogoinsurance.com can provide cover for all types of dementia, including Alzheimers. You can get a quote and instant cover online or by phone.
Declaring Alzheimers is easy, you will be asked a series of questions about the condition including whether you require more assistance than you did six months ago and whether you will be travelling with a companion.
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