Back again. I couldn't make it to the computer last night. I greatly appreciate the thoughtful and compassionate responses that you folks have posted to this thread. Maggie: no hard feelings. I could have done a much better job of laying the groundwork for my original posting. epperp: thanks for the book tip. "Yellow Rock" is on the way.
We are still enjoying concerts and restaurants. We also completed a 700 mile road trip last fall without a flurry. Wandering is confined to house and yard... but thanks to you who suggested GPS. That is a must and will get done. Only 1 in 6 dementia patients end up with serious wandering problems, but the peace of mind alone would make it worth it. I guess we are still in the zone where new experiences can be a part of our lives.
There is a lot of info out there on conventional travel (air, car, hotels, restaurants.) Health and safety are the priority for just about everybody - and rightly so. Locks on doors, cupboards, drawers. No loose floor coverings. Guard gates on stairs. Predictable food choices. All of that is important. Even essential. After a while, though, it starts to feel like a quasi-institutional environment and you wonder if it isn't actually accelerating the disease. To the contrary, there is mounting evidence that exercise, social encounters, art and music programs, etc. all seem to help people suffering from dementia. I recently read about a research project that found improved memory and cognition in patients who played video "driving games". One would not want a dementia patient driving, of course, but it seems clear that the unpredictability of real world experiences play a positive role in the lives of people with cognitive loss.
The thing about Alzheimer's is that it affects different people in different ways. It progresses at different rates in different individuals. The thing about an Airstream is that it is both home and hotel. All of the conventional advice gets muddied as a result. How does one plan even 6 months in advance? Anyway, all the above made me wonder if our Airstream (now in storage) wasn't an under-utilized resource in our battle with Alzheimer's.......why I reached out to you. Nothing can really trump experience! Thanks so much for being willing to share. Mike