AD­VEN­TURES WITH DE­MEN­TIA

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As we be­gin to bet­ter un­der­stand the dis­ease, we now know that peo­ple with de­men­tia can and do con­tinue to live en­gaged lives long after re­ceiv­ing their di­ag­no­sis. De­spite this, when it comes to travel, many com­mu­ni­ties have been slow to ad­dress ac­ces­si­bil­ity is­sues for peo­ple with de­men­tia leav­ing few op­tions – but a CQUniver­sity Aus­tralia re­search project is set to make a change.

We’ve been work­ing with a re­gional Queens­land com­mu­nity as well as the Univer­sity of Queens­land and Queens­land Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy to ini­ti­ate a shift in un­der­stand­ing around ac­ces­si­bil­ity is­sues and to de­ter­mine strate­gies to im­prove travel for peo­ple with de­men­tia. This re­search project aims to form the be­gin­ning of a net­work of de­men­tia friendly travel des­ti­na­tions, en­abling the on­go­ing en­gage­ment and in­clu­sion of peo­ple with de­men­tia in Aus­tralia.

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