One of the many benefits of reaching your golden years is having the time to travel. From cultural enrichment to mental and physical stimulation, traveling can truly enrich your life. Unfortunately, traveling as a senior comes with certain unique challenges such as mobility issues, safety vulnerability, health complications, and even loneliness.
Luckily, there are many handy tools for seniors that greatly make the travel experience easier. Here are 3 examples.
Mobility issues are not easy to navigate, especially during travel so mobility aids can be extremely helpful for traveling seniors who may have difficulty walking long distances or navigating unfamiliar terrain.
Some examples of such mobility aids include:
- Rollator. A rollator is a type of walker that has wheels, making it particularly useful for seniors who have balance issues or need a little extra support while walking
- Transport chair. A transport chair is a lightweight chair with wheels that is designed to be pushed by a caregiver, making it ideal for seniors who have difficulty walking long distances with travel companions
- Scooter. A mobility scooter can be a great option for seniors who tire easily but do not have significant balance issues
- Portable ramp. For seniors who use a wheelchair or scooter, a portable ramp can make it much easier to navigate steps or curbs
Medication Management Tools
Travel can be hectic and distracting and it’s easy to forget your medication or make mistakes with the dosage. Medication management tools can be a convenient tool that helps you stay on top of your medication and maintain your health during your travels.
Some examples of such medication management tools include:
- Pill organizers. These small, portable containers that have compartments for each day of the week or multiple times a day are ideal for seniors who need to sort as well as store their medication
- Medication reminder apps. These reminder apps can be programmed to not just alert seniors to take their medication at specific times but also to track medication history and send reminders for refills
- Electronic pill dispensers. These pill dispensers are more sophisticated than pill organizers, dispensing medication at specific times. Some of these devices can even send alerts to caregivers or family members if a dose is missed
One of the most effective ways to make traveling easier for anyone is by investing in a tablet, particularly for seniors.
Some examples of handy uses of a tablet include:
- Portability. Tablets can easily fit into a purse or carry-on bag making them ideal for seniors on the go
- Entertainment. From watching movies to playing games, tablets can be very handy for seniors to pass the time during long journeys or when waiting in airports or train stations
- Navigation. The GPS capabilities of tablets make them especially helpful for seniors who are traveling to a new destination
- Communication. Uses like making phone calls, sending emails, or video chatting means tablets are excellent for seniors eager to stay connected with family and friends while away whether it’s friends at your assisted living facility or grandchildren at college
While traveling can be challenging as a senior, taking advantage of such tools can really put you at ease and enhance your travel experience.