Vacationing when you are bringing along a loved one with dementia isn’t always easy. You’ll want to find a destination that is not as crowded and overwhelming for your senior to enjoy themselves at. Read on for three great dementia friendly vacation spots in the United States.
Niagara Falls State Park- US or Canada Side
An easy vacation spot for an elderly loved with dementia is Niagara Falls State Park. While you can enjoy the sights from both the United States side or from Canada, you won’t need a passport or deal with customs if you choose to stay in the states. While Niagara Falls is a definite tourist area there are still many months when it is not as busy, usually from September through April when the weather is milder. The gorgeous surroundings will delight your senior and can be gazed on from multiple areas. The beautiful Maid of the Mist boat ride is also wheelchair accessible, as are almost all of the major sight-seeing spots near the Falls.
Presque Isle Bay on Lake Erie, Pennsylvania
Presque Isle Bay is 13 miles long and offers 21 miles of recreational trails for visitors of all ages. The peninsula juts out into Lake Erie, Pennsylvania and offers travelers 13 different beaches suitable for swimming and other activities. While many people visit the peninsula every year, it offers a relatively calm vacation spot for families who are traveling with a loved one suffering from dementia. Visitors can swim, ride bicycles, rollerblade, fish and listen to outdoor concerts all summer long. Presque Isle Lighthouse is located at Lighthouse Beach and is open for tours through the end of September. Presque Isle is the perfect spot to sit back and relax for anyone who needs a vacation spot that isn’t as crowded and crazy as many are.
Crandon Park Beach, Florida
Florida is already one of the most popular spots for the elderly, as there are many places that cater to seniors. While you will find many jam-packed beaches filled with college students, such as Miami Beach, you will also find quiet, calm spots that are perfect for those with dementia. Florida has more than 663 miles of beaches so there is one for every situation! Crandon Park Beach is one such beach in Key Biscayne, a two-mile long beach that is family-friendly and right on the Atlantic Ocean.
As you are learning to deal with the changes that aging can bring, be patient with yourself, patient with your loved one, seek advice and answers to questions, and remember you are not in this alone. Contact a Caring Senior Service team member today!