Public Transport Systems Look Towards Becoming More Dementia-Friendly



Initiatives are currently underway to make public transportation more inclusive of persons diagnosed with dementia.

According to an article in Being Patient, some cities are thinking of ways to better accommodate people living with dementia. In North Carolina, for instance, the Asheville Rides Transit bus service has committed to raising awareness and improving communication between its drivers and persons diagnosed with dementia. Bus drivers are being educated on how to better understand, interact, and assist individuals with dementia who use city bus services.

Similarly, employees at Tulsa International Airport (TUL) have taken steps towards creating the first dementia-friendly airport in the country. The volunteer-driven group Dementia Friendly Tulsa has begun training TUL employees on how to better interact and address the concerns of passengers with dementia.

Ensuring that public transportation is as dementia-friendly as possible is vital, particularly because FTD and other dementias pose challenges when it comes to driving. Following an FTD diagnosis, determining whether the person diagnosed can and should still drive becomes increasingly urgent. This “Driving and FTD” resource guide explains how a person’s ability and freedom to drive will be impacted after being diagnosed with FTD.

Read the full Being Patient article here.