Being prepared is one of the best ways to help ensure an individual with Alzheimer’s disease has what he or she needs for a stress-free experience in the community. Keep it simple.

A young caregiver escorts an older gentleman to the bookstore.

Something to hold

It can be helpful for someone with a dementia illness to have something to grasp to keep his or her hands occupied. A water bottle, for instance, “kills two birds with one stone”. Water keeps an individual hydrated and helps prevent fidgeting.


Take along a hat, baseball cap or umbrella. Think about the weather as those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia can be especially sensitive to outside conditions, such as extreme heat or cold.


Keep healthy snacks on hand both for the individual with Alzheimer’s as well as you, the caregiver. Caregivers can find themselves too busy to eat if food is not readily available.

Bags or totes

Keeping track of belongings when you’re going out can be a challenge for anyone, but especially so for someone with dementia. Totes can come in handy for a variety of items including snacks, sun screen, books and magazines, and provide an easy way to help a loved one keep track of everything.

A notebook and a pen or pencil

Individuals with a dementia illness sometimes like to make lists. That’s why it’s good to have something to write on and with. A notebook is also a great place for the family caregiver to write down questions for or comments from the doctor.

Emergency contact information

Wandering is one potential behavioral symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. Be sure that both you and a loved one has contact and medical information on you or in an easily accessible location at all times. This can be critical, for example, if one of you is in an accident and unable to speak for himself or herself.

4 thoughts on “Alzheimer’s To Go Checklist

  • Lillian Gamet

    A lot of great ideas.
    Especially, you have to stay calm.

  • Sheila

    Some good ideas

  • رعاية مسنين بالمنزل

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  • Linda Kathleen Baer

    2 yrs ago I was DX with Alzheimers.
    I am often alone,and for quite some time loved it.It has been valuable for me to have this COVID-induced isolationism. Just before Covid,I lost my husband to a younger woman,my youngest child to suicide,and retired from a long career in pediatric nursing at age 66. My problematic middle child with extreme hyperactive ADHD is awaiting a jail sentence,and I am awfully tired of spending Christmas at his bedside in ICU.Thankfully,my oldest son,and family are “my Rock of Gibraltar.”They live close to me,and the grandkids are a delight! My daughter-in-law is so much like me,that we get along quite well.
    I attend a weekly 5.5 hr Alzheimers group meeting.
    I am wondering if I actually have Alzheimers now,as I seem to lead in the games we play,getting the answers to games faster than the rest.Am I actually smarter than the rest of the group,or just less advanced with the disease?
    Perhaps,I suspect,that I am over-thinking.I am guilty of that.
    I continue to read excessively;mostly Hx and Science with no problem,tho retention is a factor.
    I admit to having missed appointments of late;off and on. More on than off,this past month. I am doubting my Dx ,tho perhaps symptoms are masked by my extreme wellness persona.What do you think?

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