A new guide has been launched to help improve the experience of air travel for people with dementia.

The resource, Ensuring a Smooth Journey: A Guide to Brisbane Airport for people living with Dementia and their Travel Companions, has been developed by the Queensland University of Technology’s Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration: Carers and Consumers (DCRC-CC).

The guide aims to help make air travel as simple and enjoyable as possible and provides tips and advice on aspects such as planning and getting to the airport, checking in and returning home safely.

The resource provides a specific guide to Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal, as well as general air travel tips, things to consider and checklists.

The guide is part of an ongoing research project by the DCRC-CC investigating the travel needs of people with dementia and ways to improve the accessibility of air travel.

Alzheimer’s Australia CEO Maree McCabe said people living with a diagnosis of dementia can still enjoy travel, but may require some extra assistance to do so.

“This guide is fantastic in enabling people living with dementia and their carers to continue to do the things they enjoy, like travel, while assisting in navigating the airport, preparing and planning for travel,” she said.

Download the resource here.

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