Dementia on the move. Study and recommendations for action for a dementia-friendly use of public transport.

Dementia on the move. Study and recommendations for action for a dementia-friendly use of public transport

Currently, there are 130.000 people with dementing disabilities in Austria. Most of the affected people live at home. People with dementia as well as their relatives withdraw from different social areas over the time which comes along with the reduction of their mobility outside of their home. But, activities outside of home are often a condition for social interactions.

Basic knowledge about the mobility of people with dementia in urban spaces does not exist in Austria. Also, linking technological solutions with experiences of emotional-social life-situations of people with dementing disabilities and affected relatives and usability studies for technological support systems for people with dementia has not happened yet. Hence, there is a high demand to raise the awareness, generate knowledge and approaches for specific design measures in planning sciences as well as public transport enterprises.

The cooperation between IFF – Institut für Palliative Care und OrganisationsEthik, Universität Klagenfurt, Wien, Graz, Büro für nachhaltige Kompetenz, Wien, Caritas Socialis, Wien and Wiener Linien pursues the following objectives:

  • Examination of day-to-day stories about mobility outside of their home of physically mobile people with dementia and their relatives by using participatory and qualitative research methods.
  • Implementation of user-centred usability studies with existing technologies in traffic information resp. information-based technologies for the target group “people with dementia” focussing on public transport.
  • Establishment of recommendations for action based on a two-part foundation study (everyday stories and usability study) to make the project findings applicable and usable for the stakeholder.

Further information is available in German or please contact:
project description (in German)


  • Knoll, Bente; Hofleitner, Birgit; Kremer, Anja; Reitinger, Elisabeth; Pichler, Barbara; Egger, Barbara: Wenn die Orientierung versagt – unterwegs mit Menschen mit Demenz. Reviewed paper. In: Real Corp Proceedings, Bd. 2017. Online verfügbar unter, zuletzt geprüft am 02.10.2017.

period: September 2016 – Dezember 2018
Büro für nachhaltige Kompetenz B-NK GmbH
Institut für Palliative Care und OrganisationsEthik / IFF Wien
Wiener Linien GmbH & Co KG
CS Caritas Socialis
Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie (BMVIT)
Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft (FFG)

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