NADTC Resource: Assisting Passengers with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Jun 9, 2021

The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) released a publication called “Assisting Passengers with Alzheimer’s and Dementia,” which provides information, tips and resources for bus operators assisting passengers with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

This resource is useful for any age-and dementia friendly community working with regional transit authorities or other local bus or van operators.

As transportation is a key element to all aspects of life, and since Alzheimer’s and
dementia negatively affect a person’s ability to drive, accessible transportation options
for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia are essential to ensure these individuals
are not isolated and can remain independent as long as possible.

Using public transportation can help an individual with dementia continue to be an active participant in society. Individuals with moderate dementia riding public transportation alone may be at risk of becoming disoriented, getting off the bus at the wrong stop, or getting lost during travel. Individuals with moderate to advanced dementia are more likely to safely travel on fixed-route public transportation with a caregiver, personal care attendant (PCA), or using assisted transportation services. Operators who are aware of the challenges that individuals with dementia and their caregivers face, are better able to recognize dementia symptoms and ensure a safe and enjoyable trip for all riders.