Holiday Travel Tips and Alzheimer’s Discovery


The Holidays are around the corner. Every year many of us spend countless hours in preparation and travel to celebrate and reconnect with family and friends. If you are the ones traveling, don’t let long lines, flight delays, lost luggage, traffic jams, crowds and other travel woes take away from the love and joy of this special season. So before you put on your hat and head out the door, you might want to consider a few travel tips to make your visit a great experience!

Get a Good Night’s Sleep the Night Before. Set a daily schedule so last minutes tasks like wrapping presents and packing bags aren’t keeping you up late. You may even want to consider shipping presents ahead of time. Seven to nine hours of sleep will result in a happier mood and less susceptibility to stress. You will also be less susceptible to contracting an illness on the plane or train because your body’s systems will have regenerated during sleep. If you do snooze on the trip, limit naps to 40 minutes at the most so you don’t end up in a groggy fog!

Avoid Heavy Baggage. Before you pack, lay out everything you are planning on taking and then step back and reconsider exactly what you will really need. Often people can cut down at least a third of the original pile. You don’t want to wrench your back, neck or shoulders carrying an overly heavy bag, or stress out about whether you can hoist it into an overhead compartment. Bring what you will be most comfortable in, and just get down to a basic wardrobe.

Bring Your Own Healthy Snacks. Don’t wait until you are starving, cranky and desperate for something to eat at an airport, train station or rest stop. Besides satisfying your hunger, eating regularly keeps your blood sugar levels steadier so you will be less anxious and irritable while traveling. Bring along snacks such as fruit or nuts. Stay away from dehydrating coffee or cola, and drink enough water to keep you well hydrated (at least a cup or two every three hours), but not so much that those restroom stops, stop you from reaching your destination. While we are on the subject, you might want to also avoid anything with red dye 4 also known as carmine or cochineal. The red dye is made from white boiled cochineal bugs, a type of beetle, that exudes a bright red color when it is crushed. So you might want to rethink that Skittles, Good n* Plenty, lemonade, grapefruit juice, and even ice cream!

Bring Along Your Own Entertainment. Why not take that book you have been eager to read, or an iPod or MP3 player with a soothing play list to help you mellow out along the way. Music can help dissipate any anxiety and tension, not to mention wearing earphones can help you tune out any unwelcome nearby noise.

Bring a Necessity Bag. Fill a small cosmetic bag with go to helpers such as hand sanitizer, tissues, gum or sugar free hard candy, nasal drops or decongestant, a pain reliever, compression stockings and anything else you might need to make your travels comfortable as possible. You may want to bring along a small tube of hand lotion with a soothing scent. For example, lavender aroma is known for it’s calming and relaxing affects.

Make Room for Downtime. It is smart to plan on getting to the airport or train station early so you are not racing against the clock to make your departure in the midst of long lines and crowded conditions. If you end up with some free time, even better. You may end up with time to take in a massage or take a brisk walk around the terminal to stretch out those legs and then actually relax during your trip.

Once you arrive at your destination you may find all that effort and hard work can provide you with the energy to truly enjoy the people and celebrations.

Speaking of your loved ones, especially aging parents that you only see a few times a year, you may notice changes, especially with memory. It can sometimes be difficult to differentiate between the normal changes that occur with aging and the signs of something more serious like Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association has an updated list of 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s that you may find helpful. 1) Memory loss that disrupts daily life. 2) Challengers in planning or solving problems. 3) Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure 4) Confusion with time or place. 5) Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. 6) New problems with words in speaking or writing. 7) Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. 8) Decreased or poor judgment. 9) Withdrawal from work or social activities. 10) Changes in mood and personality. If you have concern speak with your family doctor to learn more about Alzheimer’s and its treatment.

All of us at the Malenius Kingdom wish your Holidays are filled with smiles, laughter and great memories.

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s always, it is our goal as well as our mission statement to “Serve patients as a knowledgeable, fun, and gifted team, inspiring trust while making a difference with our patients and each other.”

If you have questions about this article and information, as well as any other dental issues, feel free to call us at 630-668-6180 or email us at maleniusdental@gmail.com .

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