Upstream works with people affected by dementia to improve mobility services
Getting out and about and being involved in community life is an important part of living well with dementia and mobility service providers play a key role in this. However, the challenges faced by people affected by dementia mean that they may find travel daunting. Dementia affects so much more than memory and travel can be noisy, busy and disorienting.
If the growing number of people living with dementia are to maintain their independence then transport and related services need to respond and develop in ways that are informed by real-life experience. Upstream is working with people with dementia across Scotland to discover and share their experiences of travel. Our aim is to put the voice of people with dementia at the heart of future mobility service design by developing training for mobility service providers and creating spaces for everyone to participate and contribute to the conversation.
Working with Life Changes Trust projects in East Lothian, Aberdeen and the Western Isles, we’re developing local contacts with transport operators and dementia support organisations. We meet with existing dementia support groups and use our workshop format to facilitate friendly conversations around travel, transport and generally getting out and about. We’re collecting the insights from these gatherings and using them to develop different types of training.