Traveling with Dementia – Airport Stories Survey

A new online survey of airline travelers with dementia and their travel companions is now available as a first step in making  airports dementia-friendly and improving services for this population of travelers. The survey asks questions about their air travel experiences, -- what worked well and what issues they encountered. This survey has some MSP-specific options, because this is our local airport.

The Dementia-Friendly Airports Working Group is led by the Roseville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Community Action Team (RSVL A/D) and includes researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and the Brisbane Australia Airport project’s lead organizer Dr. Maria O’Reilly. They are the authors of this survey and will analyze its results. Results of the survey may lead to new training for airport staff, an analysis of services and navigation within airports, and new materials to help travelers.

This is part of a growing international effort to improve air travel for people with hidden disabilities (e.g. autism, dementia, hearing loss).

The survey is available through September 15, 2019 at: http://bit.ly/DementiaFriendlyAirports. It takes about 20 to 40 minutes to complete. Responses are anonymous. It is acceptable to get assistance filling out the survey.

Here’s how you can help:
  • Take the survey directly at http://bit.ly/DementiaFriendlyAirports.
  • The survey is available through September 15, 2019.
  • Tell your family, friends, and colleagues dealing with dementia, so they can take the survey.
  • Let people know that it is okay for a friend or relative to help fill out the survey.
If you have any questions:
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