dr. Jun Wen, one of the authors of the study, told Medical News Today: “All tourism experiences offer elements of anticipation and planning, both of which stimulate brain function.
“Exercise is often an important part of tourism experiences and is often included in intervention plans for dementia.
“Tourist experiences, such as a visit to the beach, provide sensory stimulation for dementia patients, boost mood, exercise, music therapy and provide a sense of freedom as non-medical dementia interventions.
“Group travel can simulate psychological interventions, and music at a destination aligns with music therapy programs for people with dementia.”
dr. Wen added that it would not be possible for every dementia patient to travel abroad, but a team approach could help.
He said: “From a tourist destination perspective, there are many opportunities to market a destination as ‘dementia friendly’.
In the UK, an estimated 850,000 people live with dementia and about seven percent of those over 65 have the condition.
Traveling can also help improve mental health in general and increase physical well-being.
A 2015 study from the University of Tampere in Finland found that an eight-day vacation can reduce stress levels.
However, that may depend on the type of vacation, as beaches may be more relaxing than city breaks.
Meanwhile, a study from Cornell University found that planning a vacation gives people a happiness boost.
Brits were able to book a holiday in Lisbon, which was recently voted the happiest city in the world.
Meanwhile, Finland is the happiest country in the world, with Denmark and Iceland close behind.
Some scientists believe that travel can have a meaningful and positive impact on depression.
Travel also helps Brits become more creative, according to research on holidays.
Adam Galinksy, a professor at Columbia Business School, said, “Foreign experiences increase cognitive flexibility as well as the depth and integration of thought, the ability to make deep connections between disparate forms.”