Traveling with an Older Adult can be a Real Vacation if You Just…
Tips to baby boomers for traveling with elderly relatives.
Trips with the family, including older relatives can be fun with a few careful arrangements. When you were a kid, your parents took you to exciting new places and ensured you had all the fun and adventure possible. Today, for many Americans, the roles have reversed, and now, the adults who were once children are taking care of elderly parents and relatives during travels with the family.
According to a recent AARP study, 41% percent of baby boomers with a living parent are helping to take care of them. An estimated 34 million Americans serve as unpaid caregivers for other adults, usually elderly relatives, and they spend an average of 21 hours a week helping out. With so many Americans caring for their elders, it’s important that fall travels are enjoyable experiences for the entire family.
To make your travels as fun and as stress-free as possible, follow these tips:
1. Review the plan for each day a few times. The velocity of our lives is often hectic. We are used to doing 17 things at once, and remembering every detail. Talk about the day’s events in two hour increments, and only include the high points. If you are out of practice with a fast-paced life (as your elderly relative may be), it can be hard to keep up.
2. Slow down. You will still
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