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It’s that time of year to celebrate being with loved ones and spreading good cheer! Many individuals will be traveling back home or visiting family in various parts of the country. North Star Senior Advisors encourages awareness of what’s available for airport assistance and maneuvering through airports easily during senior holiday traveling.
No matter if you are traveling close to home or out of the state, keep these traveling tips in mind. Safety is our number one priority along with feeling most comfortable, especially when traveling alone.
1. Find Assistance for Navigating Through the Airport
Airports are normally pretty busy and trying to fight the crowds can feel overwhelming. Seniors can ask for assistance when getting from security to their gate as the distance from point A to point B can be tiresome. Shuttle rides are provided and are helpful for those with mobility issues.
2. Wear the Right Clothing
Seniors, don’t forget to dress comfortable! Depending on the flight, even if it’s for a couple hours or an unexpected delay occurs, clothes that fit well can make a huge difference. Wear items that do not squeeze or make your body feel stiff. Light and loose wear are perfect for air, train, and care travel.
3. Keep Important Items Accessible
Medications should be stored in appropriate containers in an accessible place such as your carry on. Fighting through luggage can be a pain for anyone, especially a senior. Anything that requires immediate attention like prescriptions, and of course your plane ticket, should be placed in bags that remain with you at all times while traveling this holiday season. Fitting your entire luggage in a carry-on bag might even be better for you so you can avoid the long wait time in the baggage claim area. Flight attendants can help store your items in the above compartments when on the plane and as mentioned before, shuttles can help transport you and your luggage to where you need to be.
If traveling is not an option for your loved one due to health concerns and they do not want to be alone during holidays, call a senior advisor today at (407) 796-1582. We can point you in the right direction for a short term or long term stay in a senior living community! Many assisted living and independent facilities perform lively, festive activities and celebrations during the holidays. North Star Senior Advisors wishes you happy and safe travels this holiday season!