For seniors, travelling to a favorite city or an undiscovered place can offer an opportunity of rebirth, giving them something that they look forward to after an isolating, cold and icy winter.
Traveling also forces Seniors aging brain to exercise its cognitive skills by planning ahead and staying focused. Because so many fraudsters target seniors, practicing safety precautions ahead of time while at home is one way to prepare their thought processes before travel abroad.
Traveling for Seniors and Why Should They Travel
Travel Sharpens the Memory
Seniors have been used to their old routine for so many years that they could run through it on autopilot. Being dropped into a new environment engages a potentially dormant part of their mind and gets those synapses firing again.
A Shift in Seniors Perspective
Being exposed to new cultures and people will greatly shift their paradigm and create a healthier perspective once they return back home. Seeing different social classes creates compassion and really makes them feel more blessed and content. “Nobody comes back from a journey the way they started it.”
A Chance of A Senior to Try New Things
Becoming a well-rounded individual enhances their self confidence and will help them find new material for conversation in social settings with a wider variety of people.
Meet New People
Other Senior travelers are always looking to share experiences, give tips on places to go, and meet people from all over. Striking up a conversation with other travelers is extraordinarily easy. They may meet far more friendly people on the road than they will under ordinary circumstances at home.
Come Home Renewed
After stepping away from home for a while, they’ll return with renewed energy, a new set of mental filters, and ready to take on the next big project or challenge. Call it a “life reboot.”
BENEFITS OF SENIOR TRAVEL
- Seniors who take annual vacations are 32% less likely to die from heart disease, a leading cause of death.
- Seniors who take vacations at least twice a year are less stressed and less likely to experience depression.
- Three days of vacation can drastically lower stress levels, even after the vacation ends.
- Travel abroad can make the Senior traveler more open-minded and emotionally stable.
- Travel keeps seniors moving and active, often providing more opportunities to move than staying at home.
- Travel can increase confidence as senior travelers overcome fears and get out of their comfort zone.
On and Before Traveling Tips for Seniors
- Get Appropriate Vaccinations
The all-important first step is making sure Seniors are cleared for travel by his or her primary care doctor, especially if they are accommodating a health condition such as Alzheimer’s. Before travel, seniors should be up-to-date on routine vaccines, such as measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and seasonal flu. Some of these may be considered “childhood” vaccines, but the diseases they protect against are often more common in other countries
Seniors should also receive other vaccines recommended for the countries they are visiting. These may include vaccines for hepatitis, polio, typhoid or yellow fever. It’s important to visit a doctor before travels to assess and address any medical conditions that could hinder travel plans and determine whether vaccines are necessary.
- Travel with Medications
Ask your Senior’s doctor for specific travel tips as well as any necessary medications. In addition to medications recommended for ease of traveling, such as medications for altitude illness, malaria or traveler’s’ diarrhea.
In addition to medicine prescribed specifically for travel, seniors are likely to take other medicines regularly, such as medicines for high blood pressure, diabetes or arthritis. It’s important to watch out for possible drug interactions between the medications.
- Request Assistance in the Airport
Senior citizens are able to request assistance in the airport, from the time they arrive to the time they board. They can request assistance getting to the gate by asking at the check-in desk for a ride on a cart or assistance with a wheelchair. Seniors can also request assistance at security, where they may be able to go through a shorter line.
- Request Airplane Boarding Assistance
Seniors requiring special assistance can board before other travelers through priority boarding. They can also request escort help from airport staff to help get them to their seat with help stowing their bags, or simply enjoy the ease of boarding before other passengers.
- Travel Judiciously to Prevent Injury
Injury is the most common cause of preventable death among travelers. Seniors can minimize their risk of serious injury by following these guidelines:
- Always wear a seatbelt
- Avoid small, local planes
- Don’t ride in cars after dark in developing countries
- Don’t travel at night in questionable areas
- Inquire About Airfare Discounts
With age comes some benefits. Discounted airfare is occasionally available to senior travelers, so it’s worth asking the airline whether there are available discounts. It’s important to remember, though, to book with the airline directly as discounts may not be eligible through third parties or travel agents.
Traveling is a great option for seniors because they can do as much or as little as they want, depending on their level of ability. Some seniors are quite active, and others are more relaxed. With so many appealing options, traveling is extremely popular allowing grandparents, parents and kids to all enjoy a memory-making experience.