A FEW TRAVEL TIPS

By Dr. Marion Somers, Ph. D., Ask Dr. Marion

QUESTION: Hi Doctor Marion,

Can you give me some guidance on how to prepare for a trip that we're taking with my elderly neighbor? Traves in Connecticut, 48

ANSWER: Hello Traves,

Traveling broadens everyone's experience, and being prepared enhances the experience even more. Make sure that your neighbor has an itinerary, clear directions, and all necessary personal and medical supplies in hand. This includes any special snacks in case it may be difficult to make timely meal stops. Also consider having him bring an extra pair of comfortable shoes and a portable pillow, as well as a sun hat and suntan lotion. These personalized items can make a big difference. Remember that it could also be important for him to stop frequently for rest periods. It's hard to have fun when you're tired or you need a comfort or toilet break, so make sure you take this into consideration.

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