Travel Well with Dementia: Essential Tips to Enjoy the Journey
By Jan Dougherty, MS, RN, FAAN
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Travel and dementia may seem to be an oxymoron to most – let alone think that it can be fun and successful for both the person living with dementia and their (family) travel companions. Whether early in the diagnosis or as the condition progresses, with thoughtful preparation and adaptations, travel is possible for many. This is the first book of its kind that considers what people living with dementia may experience during travel and provides practical tips and strategies for families and other travel companions to use before, during, and after a trip (or visit from family and friends). If you embrace the concept that it is possible to live well with dementia, then you will want to read this book and find ways to incorporate travel for as long as possible. It is possible to Travel Well with Dementia and find joy, purpose, and meaning along the way.
"Jan Dougherty’s "Travel Well with Dementia: Essential Tips to Enjoy the Journey" represents the essence of dementia care: knowledge and understanding of the disease and its effects on people with dementia and those who care about them, practical ways to better their lives while enjoying daily activities and a palpable empathy throughout. This guide, although primarily directed to people with dementia and their family caregivers, is full of well researched advice that any professional in dementia care should use when discussing issues about travelling with their patients and clients."
-Dr Cesar Rodriguez-Castello
Old Age PsychiatristMember of the Royal College of Psychiatrist (UK) and former National Clinical Lead, Focus on Dementia, Healthcare Improvement Scotland
"Jan Dougherty is one of my heroes and a pioneer when it come to finding surprisingly simple and impactful ways for families to face the everyday challenges associated with dementia. Time and again, she has taught me that there is life for affected persons and their families after the onset of dementia. She has shown our families ways to identify and address challenges at every stage of a person’s illness, and she has found opportunities to make a world of difference for the entire family along the way. Read “Travel Well with Dementia” and you will see exactly what I mean. You will benefit from Jan’s practical “why hadn’t I thought of that” tips, you will treat necessary and potentially meaningful trips in a different way, and Jan will become one of your heroes, too. "
-Eric M Reiman, MD
Exective Director, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, and a family caregiver