Meet Carol & Jan
Your Faculty & Certified Adult Travel Experts
President of Certified Senior Travel Companions, LLC
Carol Giuliani is the owner of Senior Travel Companion Services, which provides customized trip planning and travel escort for individual seniors and couples.
Carol loves to travel and is a whiz at planning and executing trips by air or car, all over the world. She also has decades of caregiving experience, worked as a federal law clerk and attorney for over ten years, and ultimately trained as a guardian and professional fiduciary, managing the finances and health care decisions of seniors for many years.
Eight years ago, she decided to combine her talents to create Senior Travel Companion Services to help seniors safely and comfortably get to their desired destinations.
Since then, she has planned and executed over 125 trips in 43 states and 14 foreign countries for people with mental and physical disabilities, including dementia, anxiety, Parkinson's, vision loss and other obstacles or concerns that have hindered their ability to travel alone or with groups. These trips include cross-country or international moves, weddings, and vacations.
She also volunteers on an international committee which is working to make airports more accessible and friendly towards seniors and people with hidden disabilities.
Carol is the recipient of the DepartSmart's Travel Hero award, won the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce's Entrepreneurs Challenge on May 21st, 2022 and in August, 2022 was listed by the AARP as a 50over50mn honoree as a community leader in the business category.
Jan Dougherty, MS, RN, FAAN
President of TravALZ, LLC
Older Adult/Dementia Care Expert
Jan Dougherty, MS, RN, FAAN has dedicated her professional career to supporting people living with dementia and their family caregivers. Over the past 25 years, she has created several award-winning dementia programs being used throughout the US. As the former director of the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute Family and Community Services program, Jan heard repeatedly from newly diagnosed patients with Alzheimer’s disease (and their families) their continued desire to travel and stay connected to family and friends. Sadly, those without added planning and support often experienced difficulties leading to the end of travel.
Jan wanted to see the end of unsuccessful travel and visits for people living with dementia so she authored the first comprehensive book on travel and dementia titled, “Travel Well with Dementia: Essential Tips to Enjoy the Journey.” People living with dementia, family caregivers, health and social service professionals have praised for this book for promoting successful travel and visits for all involved. In the past two years she has provided numerous seminars, webinars and training to promote successful dementia-related travel. Having championed bringing Dementia Friendly Communities to Arizona, Jan she has been working with PHX Sky Harbor Airport to become dementia friendly through a series of trainings to volunteers and staff. Thanks to help from Jan, PHX Sky Harbor is the first US airport to offer caregivers workshops on how to execute successful air travel.
Jan combines her own love for travel with her professional passion to help people living with dementia to live well and stay connected. Certified Senior TravALZ Companions provides the opportunity to expand the ability for older adults, people living with dementia, and family caregivers to engage a competent and compassionate travel companion.