Wednesday Workshop – Travel Tips for the Elderly
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. Traveling is something all families enjoy doing together. It gives family members time to bond, to see new places together and to create happy memories. Here are some tips for traveling with the elderly that will ensure your trip goes smoothly.
- Plan Ahead
Decide whether you’ll be traveling with or without your elderly loved one. If they are still independent then allow them to travel solo if they wish. If your loved one has some type of health or mental condition, then it is better to take them with you to ensure safety. Remember to reserve flights, tickets and hotel rooms with/for your loved one as well as yourself. If your loved one is disabled, then remember to alert the staff around you to help with accommodations.
- Prepare the documents
- It’s a good idea to create a binder of important documents for your loved one that you can keep track of. Include their license, passport, emergency contact information, Medicare card, insurance cards and a list of their current medications.
- Pack Practically
Try to pack lightly! For a person traveling with at least some limitation, aim to pack everything necessary in a roll-aboard suitcase plus a medium-size over-the-shoulder carry-on.
- Find Senior Friendly Travel Services
Whether you will travel together or your parent will be solo, planning, reserving and confirming must be accomplished sooner rather than later. When the destination is resolved with target dates, research airlines, Amtrak, buses, cruise lines. For air and land transportation, seek the most direct and shortest travel times.
If there is a choice of three airlines, for example, enroll your parent in the no-cost frequent flier program for each. This should give you access to the lowest fares and possible benefits at the airport and aboard the flight, as well as for requesting special services.
Know that once very common, most senior discount fares are history except for Southwest Airlines and Amtrak.
- Think about a Senior’s Safety, Security and Comfort
There are thieves everywhere and, particularly, in high-traffic travel centers. Don’t give the scalawags any opportunity to steal from your parent.
Mom should not carry a purse but, instead a money belt worn under a blouse or a neat Passage Wallet hidden under her coat by a neck cord. Dad should not carry a wallet in his back pocket but, instead, the same Passage Wallet from the neck cord or as a hidden wallet tucked into his pants and secured by a cord to his belt.
Advise Mom or Dad, if traveling alone, always to keep their carry-on between their feet when standing, or with the shoulder strap looped around the leg of a chair when seated.
For comfort, consider the purchase of a travel pillow, a c-shaped balloon that supports the neck and head when resting aboard transportation.
To learn more or to speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199 or email us below. Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week.