It's inevitable that we develop some limitations as we age --so being prepared and taking them into consideration as you plan a vacation with an aging parent, grandparent, spouse or even for yourself, will make the trip easier and more enjoyable for the entire family.

Here are some tips that are often overlooked but that can make or break the vacation for seniors: 

  • Have them schedule a visit or speak with their primary care visit who can make sure they're fit for the type of vacation planned.
  • Make sure you purchase travel insurance. This is good for anyone, regardless of age. 
  • Make certain to pack their health insurance and Medicare card along with a detailed list of medications they take.
  • Bring a full supply of all their medications.
  • If traveling by plane, and if necessary, choose seats in the rows designated for "disabled" travelers and  arrange for wheelchair or cart service to and from the gates. 
  • If taking multiple flights, avoid short connecting times.
  • Make sure you're aware about the local conditions of where you're travelling. If the area has uneven cobblestone walkways, make sure you can arrange for transportion to key attractions. If the water is not drinkable, make sure you have bottled water. 
  • When making hotel accomodations inquire about any needs you may have, such as close proximity to an elevator if they use a cane or walker.
  • Use a money belt or a neck-cord wallet instead of a purse or wallet in the back pocket (which is good advice for anyone traveling).
  • And finally---always ask for Senior Discounts.
Below are links to travel websites that provide suggestions and tips for travelling with family members of all ages:

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Nancy Stein

Nancy Stein is the founder of Seniority Matters and lead author of the Seniority Matters Blog. This is where you can turn to read about new service providers, enhancements to the website, and updates and commentaries on issues and events that are of interest to the South Florida senior communities. Of course, no blog is complete without feedback from readers, so don't be shy! Leave a comment and let us know what you think

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