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Dementia-friendly travel destination in the works

A city near the south-east coast of Queensland is working to make a difference to the travel experiences of people with dementia.

CQUniversity occupational therapy academic Dr Maria O’Reilly, alongside colleagues from CQUni, QUT and UQ have been working with Bundaberg Regional Council and local transport services to make the region a dementia-friendly tourist destination.

The research team recently opened a survey to anyone who works with passengers at the Bundaberg airport and railway station or for local bus or taxi services to hear about their approach to providing services to passengers who may have dementia or confusion.

The results will complement focus groups with people with dementia and their care partners.

O’Reilly said: “The project findings will increase our understanding of issues for regional travellers with dementia, grow Bundaberg’s reputation as a tourist destination and form the foundation for future developments for dementia-friendly travel in Bundaberg.”

Aged Care Insite spoke with O’Reilly to find out what goes into ensuring a town is dementia-friendly and what changes are already underway.

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