Tips for Traveling with an Older Adult

Find accommodations with elevators.
Check out senior discounts to see if they apply.
When booking a rental car, verify the maximum age restrictions.
Notify the airline or any other transportation of special requests or instructions. These might include:
Special meals
Relative cannot be left alone or unaccompanied
Relative suffers from memory loss
Bulkhead seating if mobility is an issue
Seating near the bathroom but not too close to the galley if incontinence is an issue
Verify your health insurance coverage for out of area emergencies to make sure you are covered. If traveling internationally, consider travel insurance for medical expenses.
Consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance for if you have to cancel the trip.
If traveling by coach, ask if it is a ?kneeling? coach where the driver can lower the entrance. Verify the walker or wheelchair can be stored on the coach.
Request hotel rooms close to the lobby, on ground floor, or near an elevator for easier access. Some hotels have rooms designed especially for seniors.
Pack all medications in your carry-on. Put any gels, liquids or fluids into a 1 qt-sized plastic bag to get through airport security.
Make sure you have more than enough medication to last the entire trip.
Bring back up medical supplies such as glasses or dentures.
Bring doctor?s contact information and any documentation about any medical condition you might need to share with a doctor you visit on vacation.
Take at least an extra copy of all important documents (passports, visas, credit cards, tickets, and traveler?s checks). Leave behind a copy with a family member or friend too.
Bring compression socks especially for long flights to avoid swelling and potential blood-clotting.
Bring full change of clothing in carry-on bag.
Get up and stretch frequently during trip. Requesting an aisle seat makes this easier to do.
Do sitting ankle and leg exercises to keep blood flowing actively through your body.
Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
Your loved one should wear a Safe Return bracelet or necklace if you are concerned about him/her wandering off.
Avoid busy or noisy places to reduce over-stimulation.
Other considerations
In the U.S., almost everything is handicapped-accessible. This is not the case in many other countries.
Mobility products might help with getting around during the trip (examples include scooters, walkers, and portable seats).


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