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Traveling Tips for Older Adults: Stay Safe and Enjoy the Journey!

3/15/2024

Did You Know? About 62% of adults over the age of 50 have traveled or planned for a leisure trip in 2023. Source: The Senior List

Older couple walking in an airport with a suitcase.

Traveling for older adults

Due to COVID-19, many people who want to travel have been feeling nervous and unsure. The Senior List found that 1 out of every 5 older adults felt hesitant to travel in 2023 because of COVID-19. But there are many ways to travel safely and confidently now. Keep reading to find out how!

4 travel tips for older adults

  1. Check public health guidance before traveling and follow them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that if you are feeling sick, you should not travel or wear a mask in the airport or on a plane.
  2. Make sure the place you are staying meets your needs. If you use a wheelchair, make sure your hotel room is accessible with a large bathroom and room to move around safely.
  3. Check your destination weather. If you are traveling to a tropical location, be sure to pack the essentials for hot weather such as a sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated.
  4. Don't forget essential documents. Documents such as your passport, itinerary, Medicare card and driver's license should be easily accessible in the airport and on your trip. Make sure you are carrying emergency contact information and identification so if a medical emergency happens, the people assisting you will know whom to contact.

 

Class of the week

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Stepping On

Our class is tailored for independent older adults who want to learn how to reduce the risk of falling. We cover home hazards, safe footwear, vision's role in falls, strength and balance exercises, and community mobility. The course is suitable for those who use a cane indoors, don't need a wheelchair, and have no diagnosed cognitive impairment. Join us to stay safe, mobile, and independent as you age.

March 27 - May 8
Wednesdays
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
In-person: Allina Health Mercy Hospital - Unity Campus Education Building
Class Leaders: Sharon Schmidtbauer, Mallory Haas and Teri Herman

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