Travel: Seniors on the Move

By: Jody Smith

There are more seniors in the United States than at any other time in history and, the numbers are going to continue to grow as baby boomers continue to age. This is creating a corresponding boom in the travel industry as it increasingly caters to seniors with itchy feet.

This older group has the time to take off for extended periods, as retirees or people working part-time. They've made their money and are looking to spend some of it. Many seniors will have put in many years in the work force, supporting their families and putting their dependents' needs first, and now the time for their own pursuits has arrived.

Catering to seniors can be a lucrative business, good for all parties concerned. Facilitating senior travel means servicing a group who in general will stay longer at their travel destinations, and who will take more side trips once they get there. They also are likely going to spend greater amounts than any other demographic.

Seniors of the present era may be a breed apart from seniors of early generations but being older still may be accompanied by its own unique limitations and requirements. The wise senior will take this into account when formulating the details of their journey.

Seniors have been around the block a few times, and are more likely than some younger folks to employ caution and preparation when making travel plans. The older you get the more you have had a chance to see first-hand what can happen when spontaneity is allowed to trump thorough research.

And seniors just may feel more vulnerable than the young bucks who feel immortal and who can bounce back from lack of sleep and lousy travel conditions. This is a great inducement to make careful plans and take well-thought out precautions.

A trip to the doctor should always precede a major trip anywhere else. A physical, as well as a complete examination of any health problems and medications should be done so the doctor can evaluate the senior's ability to travel in good health.

Are any vaccines indicated for the area of the world the senior will be visiting? Are any of these vaccines contraindicated due to illness or advanced years?

It's important to research and seek out accommodation for any health issues. Some seniors may opt for traveling with a home health aid, who can manage any medications, keep an eye on any health problems, and help a frail senior to navigate while on their journey.

Sources:

Seniors Travel

http://www.elderlyelder.com/seniors-travel.html

Safe and Healthy Travel for Seniors

http://www.cdc.gov/Features/seniortravel/

Travel Tips for Seniors Wanting A Hassle-Free Vacation

http://physicianmd.net/travel-tips-seniors-wanting-hassle-free-vacation/

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