Some say to age gracefully is to simply accept that you are getting older instead of fighting against it. Others say it’s about finding ways to make sure aging doesn’t stop you from living the life you want.
Summer is here. It’s time to plan your next fun family vacation. You may wonder what’s the best way for everyone in the family, from the kids to Grandma to have a great time, and for you as a parent and/or caregiver to get a well-deserved break.
There are many good reasons families often travel with parents on a trip with the rest of the family. Getting away from the everyday routine to spend time together strengthens bonds and creates memories that can last for a lifetime. Grandparents can help provide a break and it allows for quality time with their grandchildren. It can also be more cost-effective to travel with the entire family who can share the costs of food, accommodations and travel.
As you prepare for the time off, here are some travel tips to have an enjoyable and less stressful time:
When thinking about where to go, try to include everyone in the discussion to the extent possible. Keep in mind considerations for any physical or mental health concerns aging parents may have. If your parent is affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia, try to stick to more familiar territory if you can.
Whether it’s a quiet time in Maine or the hustle and bustle of Disney World, don’t assume you already know Mom’s preference and decide for her. Your loved one may have some ideas about where to go or may decide that he or she would rather stay home.
That said, try not to over-prioritize your parent’s desires. If this is a multi-generational family time off, then all family members’ interests deserve consideration.
The key is to pick a place that is accessible for seniors and has interesting activities for all ages in the family. If you decide to fly, check out these airlines that offer senior discounts.
Wherever you decide to travel this summer, we wish you and your family a safe and fun-filled vacation with plenty of cherished memories. After all, it’s about making memories that will last a lifetime.
What’s your favorite family travel tip? We’d love to hear it. Drop us a comment.…
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