Accessible tourism with dementia

Want to take a vacation with someone living with dementia? Great! Here are some tips to help you plan.

This text is from about taking someone with dementia on holiday.

When dementia is first diagnosed it may be important to some people to fulfill lifetime ambitions and visit places they have always wanted to experience. As dementia progresses, however, people usually prefer to travel closer to home to familiar places. Also, coaches and trains can be more enjoyable than long car journeys.

Here are some suggestions of organisations that can help with holidays for people with dementia, and their carers:

  • Vitalise run supported holidays for people with dementia, and their carers at accessible holiday centres, 0845 345 1978, visit
  • Dementia Adventure connects people living with dementia with nature and a sense of adventure. More information available at
  • Tourism For All is the UK’s voice for Accessible Tourism. A national charity, they are dedicated to making tourism welcoming to all

And this list of additional resources was taken from another blog, called Dementia Journeys.

Dementia Resources – our aim is to build this section into a directory of dementia related websites and blogs. If you know of a resource we should be linking to, please contact us.

Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation is the research arm of Alzheimer’s Australia.We support and fund research to help people living with dementia and their families now as well as research to develop new treatments for the future. More >>>

Alzheimer’s Australia’s National Website – an essential resource for anyone seeking dementia related information and services. More >>>

Alzheimer’s Australia’s Help Sheets provide advice, common sense approaches and practical strategies on the issues most commonly raised about dementia. More >>>

Alzheimer’s Disease International  (UK)believes that the key to winning the fight against dementia lies in a unique combination of Global Solutions and local knowledge. As such, it works locally, by empowering Alzheimer associations to promote and offer care and support for people with dementia and their carers, while working globally to focus attention on dementia. More >>>

About Memory Problems This web site is designed to help people recognise the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease and provides guidance for seeking help and advice for those who are concerned about someone close to them. More >>>

Dementia | Alzheimer’s Weekly Blog (USA) provides important articles & videos from each week’s river of news. With a new post on Alzheimer’s or dementia appearing on the internet every 7 minutes, the site’s focus on the best information has been a help to many over the past 6 years. More >>>

Dementia Carer – Dementia carers can sometimes find it a challenge to stay positive, manage frustrations, take breaks, stay healthy, engage professionals, tell friends and family, engage them too, cope with changes to their relationships, live well and support their loved one, and get the sleep that is needed. Choose from this website’s well researched topic list to see carers talk about what helps them and find links to other material and local activities. More >>>

Dementia Gateway (UK) – If you work with people with dementia in nursing, residential or domiciliary settings we hope you will find this website useful. There are lots of practical tips, tools and activities that will help you with your daily work. Each section has been written by a national dementia expert so you can be sure the information and guidance is up to date and reflects what we know about best practices in dementia care. Come back often as we’ll be updating the site regularly. More >>>

The Alzheimer’s Association (USA) works on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias. More >>>

The Australian Journal of Dementia Care is a multidisciplinary journal for all professional staff working with people with dementia, in hospitals, nursing and residential care homes, day units and the community. The journal is committed to improving the quality of care provided for people with dementia, by keeping readers abreast of news and views, research, developments, practice and training issues. More>>>

The Living with Dementia: Resources for Living Well web tool. (Canada) The intent of this site is to provide information and resources to persons with dementia and their family partners in care – information and resources that will help enable those newly diagnosed with dementia and their families to have the necessary information to live well and help prepare for the road ahead. Everything is collected in one place, so your search for current and reliable information is easy. More >>>

Alzheimer’s Society (UK) is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. More >>>

Dementia Challengers (UK) – The purpose of this website is to signpost you to other information which you can find online. They haven’t replicated any of the information you can find, just shown you where it is and told you a little about the content so you can decide for yourself what you wish to use. It’s a signposting website.More >>>

Dementia Web (UK) Dementia web is an all-age dementia information resource for the UK. It aims to help people with dementia, their carers and health professionals find empowering information about dementia and the support and care services available to them in the UK. More >>>

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity. As research experts, we fund world-class, pioneering scientists at leading universities to find preventions, treatments and a cure for dementia. These pages provide specific information about common causes of dementia, along with more general information. More >>>

Dementia UK is a national charity, committed to improving quality of life for all people affected by dementia. More>>>

Dementia Friends (UK) People with dementia sometimes need a helping hand to go about their daily lives and feel included in their local community. Dementia Friends is giving people an understanding of dementia and the small things they can do that can make a difference to people living with dementia – from helping someone find the right bus to spreading the word about dementia. We want to create a network of a million Dementia Friends across England by 2015. More >>>

The Dementia Services Information and Development Centre (Ireland) is a National Centre for excellence in dementia and is committed to best practice in all aspects of dementia care. More >>>

Dementia Shop UK Our goal is to be your one-stop Alzheimer’s & Dementia shop for quality affordable products that have been carefully selected to assist people living with Alzheimer’s & Dementia. This sites sells to multiple countries More >>>

Best Alzheimer’s Products (USA) are striving to make life better for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. More >>>

Alzheimer’s Support (USA) is a blog who’s stated aim is to share the process, share some of the things that happen during this long journey backwards before our loved one is lost to us altogether. The more you know, the easier it is to cope. And really, that’s all you can do during this time in your life — find the best way to cope and keep caring. More >>>

Memory Bridge (USA) creates programs that connect people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias to family, friends, and other people in their local community. We also create programs that reveal to the general public the depths of memory that dementia does not erase. More>>>

Forget Me Not Book is an online memory book aimed at those people trying to find a way to improve the lives of the people they care about by collecting and sharing memories through photo’s and stories.  You can print out the photo’s and stories and use them to connect with a loved one as you once again share some special memories. More >>>

Dementia Safe (Aus) Dementia Safe has an online store where you will find leisure activity rescourses that are fail free. Our mission is to bring together communities where we can share information and resources and make a difference to the lives of people who are affected by dementia. More >>>

Pathways (San Francisco) At Pathways, we know what it means to care for a sick or elderly family member. We understand the effort and special care required to help them live with dignity. As a community-based, not-for-profit organization, we are dedicated to serving Bay Area patients and families at all stages of life. More>>>

Streaming Well  a collection of informative videos on Alzheimer’s and other health conditions. More >>>

The Torbay Dementia Action Alliance (UK) was born on 12th January 2012. It was formed as a steering group to try and make Torbay the first Dementia Friendly resort in the country. More >>>

Dementia Adventure (UK) Dementia Adventure is a multi-award winning social enterprise. We are based in Essex but work nationally and have an international following. We provide training, research, and consultancy services – all with nature in mind. Income from these activities, donations and grant funding mean we can provide Dementia Adventures from park walks to sailing holidays. More>>>

Norm’s Pages (UK) a blog by Norman Mc Namara who was diagnosed with dementia five years ago aged just 50yrs old. Two years ago Norman was re-diagnosed as having Dementia with Lewy Bodies because of symptoms that were showing themselves. More >>>

D 4 Dementia (UK) Beth is a Dementia campaigner and care consultant, writer and blogger. Her dad had vascular dementia for approximately the last 19 years of his life. Beth aims to provide support and advice to those faced with similar situations, inform and educate care professionals and the wider population, promote debate and create improvements in dementia care. More >>>

COTA Queensland (Aus) aims to create a more just, fair and caring community.  This is demonstrated by our commitment to an equitable and humane community where there is inter-generational interaction, where people are empowered to grow to their fullest capacity to contribute to their communities and have access to appropriate care and support as they age. More >>>

Male Carers In Great Britain (UK) We are a couple of male carers that attend a male carers support group based on the Isle of Wight (little place south of UK). Our aim is to provide friendship, support, information and through all this we hope that we are ‘Helping Male Carers Care’ and are ‘An Ear to Hear’. More >>>


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