A sense of adventure and a sense of humor is all you need to enjoy a trip or a family reunion. Granted, travel isn’t easy for anyone these days, much less older people who move slowly and have trouble getting around, but it is doable.
The trick is to plan ahead and do some research. Decide what you want to get out of your trip. Do you want to get away from it all, visit with friends and family, or go somewhere you have never been before?
Travel doesn’t have to be problematic, although chronic conditions and fatigue need to be taken into consideration. Pay attention to your limitations and do whatever it takes to stay on an even keel; health and medications need to be at the top of the list.
Talk to your doctor if you are going to be away from more than a few days, and remember your medicines. A Mediset is a good way to organize pills and keep you on schedule. Keep all medications in your purse or in a carry-on bag; take extra doses (in original containers) with you. It is difficult but not impossible to replace medications if you are out of town or out of the country, but your goal should be to keep things simple.
Take a list of your medical problems and your medicines with you. It will expedite treatment if you get ill while away.
The second problem is “oh my goodness”, traveling is so uncomfortable. Whether you travel by bus, car, or plane you need to use every opportunity to stretch and walk.
Don’t forget dietary restrictions. Whether you stay in a family home or a hotel the food you eat is what keeps you energetic and feeling good.
If the family home cannot accommodate your special needs consider staying at a nearby hotel. Hotels, airlines, trains, and special bus tours have people trained to help you.
Don’t let anxiety rule the day. You can and should travel. Being older or having a chronic condition does mean that you that can’t have a lovely vacation.