December 04, 2019 3 min read
There is an unspoken stigma against travelling in your old age. Many people feel that it would be too tiring or dangerous. However, travelling benefits the elderly by enhancing the cognitive activity of the ageing brain, increasing focus and sharpening observation skills. Additionally, exploring and experiencing new cultures and places can be mood-lifting, allowing them to feel youthful again!
Of course, travelling in your old age can be tricky. But, don’t fret! Here are five tips that will make the trip an enjoyable one.
Keep in mind that travelling with an elderly person may mean that more time is needed. Thus, make sure that you allow for ample time in your itinerary such that the trip will not be rushed.
It is vital to map out the travel routes when planning your itinerary. The main aim of doing so is to come up with routes that are (a) time-saving, (b) convenient and (c) suitable for all that are travelling. Download transport system maps of the place that you are going to and search for reviews from other travellers who have been to those places before.
If the itinerary includes walking, ensure that roads are not too uneven or bumpy for the elderly on foot and wheelchairs. Planning extra rest stops in your itinerary would also allow the elderly to catch their breath and take in the sights around them.
The elderly tend to be light sleepers. When choosing your accommodation, find places that are around quieter neighbourhoods instead of rowdy city areas.
Another important factor to consider is whether the places you plan to visit are easily-accessible. If there is no public transport available, you can consider hiring a van or minibus to ferry your family and you around.
Look out for elder-friendly amenities such as ramps, wheelchair lifts, and resting benches when you are out and about to ensure a smooth trip. Countries with an ageing society, such as selected cities in Korea and Japan, provide examples of elder-friendly travel destinations.
Bringing bulky and heavy mobility aids on overseas trips can be a hassle. Thus, buying orrenting travel-friendly mobility aids are very important.
Our HappyWheels Travel Chair is an excellent choice for your travelling needs for elderly members with limited leg strength. It is not only lightweight, but also foldable and extremely compact. This makes it very convenient to bring around.
For the elderly who are still able to walk but require more support, a foldable walking cane would be very useful. Check out our aesthetically pleasing canes inThe Cane Collective.Perfect for vacation!
For people who are still mobile but may need some assistance, having a rollator would be very useful. OurHappyWheels Travel Rollator is perfect for trips where more walking is required. Lock the brakes and sit down to rest when tired!
Some airlines such as Singapore Airlines, British Airways, and Delta Airlines provide senior citizen discounts for flight tickets. Make sure you do adequate research beforehand to get the best deal.
However, make sure to prioritise the comfort of the flight so that your elderly loved ones can enjoy a smooth journey, especially if it is a long haul flight. Some airlines like Delta Airlines are known to be extremely elder and wheelchair-friendly. When choosing seats on the plane, secure seats that are closer to the toilets to increase convenience.
Forgetting your medication is dangerous but very possible. To ease the process, consider investing in somepill organisers.
The elderly also tend to be sensitive towards the cold weather. To ensure maximum comfort, make sure to pack an extra sweater. This would come in especially handy on your plane rides. If your trip involves long bus or car rides, you can also pack a travel-friendly seat cushion. This helps relieve pressure on the hip bones and prevent excess trapped heat from prolonged sitting.
I hope this post helped to ease the process of planning a vacation for your elderly loved ones, and changed your opinion of travelling with an elderly into a positive one. Keeping an open mind and having an extra dose of patience would definitely help make this trip a memorable one. Happy travelling!
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