Offering accessible transportation in a community provides residents the opportunity to live independently. Feelings of confusion or disorientation are common for people with cognitive changes, particularly while traveling. Public or private dementia-friendly transit options can allow an individual to leave home and reach their desired destination safely.
As cognitive changes occur due to dementia, the ability to drive may become compromised to the point that driving becomes unsafe for the individual and others on the road. Simplifying road signs could help a community become more dementia-friendly. However, it is imperative to recognize the warning signs and behaviors that indicate that the individual should use other transportation methods.
Regional and local government agencies can promote reliable, inclusive public transport options to support residents with physical and cognitive difficulties. It may not be necessary to develop new transportation systems. Communities may already offer public transportation services or paratransit options that could be enhanced by requiring employee training. Educating transportation professionals to recognize dementia symptoms and understand how to engage with someone experiencing cognitive challenges may be one way to promote dementia-friendly goals.
Dementia Friendly America Transportation Resources
Dementia & Driving
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