Dementia as a global challenge: Progress and prospects for creating more dementia-inclusive tourism industries

Stephen J. Page, Joanne Connell

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Abstract

Global Grand Challenges (GCs) have received only a limited attention within the tourism literature and this Progress paper examines one such GC – dementia and the contribution that tourism research can make to helping people live well with dementia. The paper critically debates the concept of GCs, the challenges of addressing them and how dementia presents both a challenge and opportunity for the academy. Using the concept of the visitor journey and the social model of disability as a paradigm, the paper reviews progress towards creating a more dementia-inclusive society through the auspices of tourism research, reviewing the contributions to date and where the interconnections with dementia and tourism exist. The review draws from a wide interdisciplinary framework including health, medicine, travel medicine, tourism and leisure and argues for a greater of transdisciplinary ways of working to address GCs.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTourism Management
Issue number104916
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2024

Keywords

  • Well-being
  • Dementia
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment
  • travel medicine
  • Visitor Journey

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