An empirical study on assistive technology supported travel and tourism for the people with dementia

Ikram Asghar, Shuang Cang, Hongian Yu

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Purpose: Research shows that people with disabilities have same desire for travel and tourism as others, but many constraints prevent them from independent travelling. Although the disabled tourism market is expanding, still there is lack of empirical research on impact analysis of assistive technology (AT) assisted travel and tourism with focus on the people with dementia (PWD). This study investigates the impacts of AT assisted travel and tourism for the PWD.

Methods: The questionnaire-based survey gathered data from 327 PWD. SPSS is used to perform exploratory factor analysis and canonical coefficient analysis for investigating the usability of AT assistance in travel and tourism.

Results: Results reveal four motivational (facilitated travel and tourism, cost effectiveness, easier communication and needs compatibility) and three achievements dimensions (improved achievements, improved independence and improved safety). Independent travel is desired by the PWD without any external help and ATs can help them in doing so. The use of AT can further accommodate in choosing the tourism activities, attractions and leisure management. The PWD feel improvements in their achievements through the use of ATs in travel and tourism.

Conclusions: AT support, resultantly improves the confidence and self-esteem of the PWD and motivate them towards rehabilitation and independent living.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1629119
Pages (from-to)933-944
Number of pages12
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sept 2019


  • assistive technology
  • dementia
  • mobility
  • motivation
  • achievement
  • travel and tourism


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