Bon Voyage: Travel tips for seniors

July 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm 2 comments

With summer in full swing, more and more seniors may be catching the travel bug. Take advantage of these hot months and escape for a few days with your aging loved ones. Whether you plan on traveling to visit grandchildren a few hundred miles away or spending a relaxing long weekend at the beach, it is important to plan ahead.

The U.S. Travel Association estimates that, in 2010 Americans spent more than $526 billion on leisure travel. Elderly travelers represent 21 percent of all leisure travelers in the United States.

We found a great article that outlined some things to note as your aging loved ones travel. It is much better to be safe than sorry, so take into consideration these tips that could be easily overlooked!

  • Address mobility issues with travel agents when planning vacations.
  • Pack enough medicine to last you the entire trip, plus a few extra days. You never know what could happen!
  • Carry doctor notes that explain the use of each medication as well as become familiar with medical facilities around the vacation area.
  • Call airports and hotels ahead of time to make necessary arrangements for wheelchairs, service dogs, or oxygen tanks.
  • Visit a doctor beforehand to get all necessary vaccinations.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry or carrying too much cash.
  • Carry medication in carry-on bags incase of an emergency during travels.
  • Make a list of AmeriCare Georgia’s 24/7 service phone numbers, as we are always here to help.

Lastly, take President of AmeriCare Georgia and Advocacy Chair of NAIPC Doug Lueder’s advice–

“Plan activities that match energy levels and make certain to get enough sleep through out the vacation,” he said, “we understand the importance and benefits of leisure time with the family, so take advantage of these opportunities to spend quality time with your aging loved ones!”

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  • 1. Todd Barker  |  July 13, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Many seniors in assisted living love to go on day trips to pretty towns near their community. A good assisted living center will provide regular fun transportation outings in case family members cannot take seniors on vacation.

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  • 2. americareblog  |  July 13, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Thanks for the comment! Follow us for future helpful thoughts!

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