Multi-generational travel can be a rewarding experience for the whole family It also comes with a few concerns that younger families may not be used to dealing with. If you are thinking of taking a trip with older adults in your life, you’ll need to take a few extra steps to ensure everyone stays safe and comfortable. Use these tips to develop a plan and maximize the happy memories of your trip.
Leave Extra Time for Stops
Sitting in one place for an extended period of time is not great for anyone, regardless of their age, but it can be especially dangerous for older adults with circulatory concerns. For example, remaining stationary increases the risk of blood clots forming or fluid pooling in extrememties. That is why you should plan extra time for stopping and moving around. Even 10 minutes of strolling around a rest area or shopping center can help.
Address Any Medical Concerns
It is a sad fact that nearly 80% of Americans over the age of 50 have a chronic health condition. That certainly doesn’t mean they can’t travel safely, but rather that you may need to take a few extra precautions. These suggestions are a great place to get started:
- Find out the location and contact information for medical facilities at your destination
- Pack extra medication and personal care products
- Ask any venues you plan to attend about the availability of ADA showersand restrooms
- Schedule assistance options at airports or transportation hubs to minimize long walks
Ask About Senior Discounts
There are plenty of jokes about senior citizens using discounts, but the reality is that many retailers and hospitality businesses recognize the limitations of a fixed income. Be sure to ask about senior discounts before you book accommodations or entertainment tickets. It also pays to ask at restaurants, just be sure to do it before you order.
Make your multi-generational trip one to remember by planning ahead. Leave extra time for movement breaks, be prepared to deal with any medical conditions and ask about discounts before making reservations.