ElderCarelink Blog

Elders and traveling: staying one step ahead

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
September 26th, 2011 at 1:29 pm

On a recent trip to the west coast from Ohio, I had two entirely different experiences. The flight attendant making the announcements on the flight to California was articulate and easy-to-understand. On the way home, the information was difficult to understand as the flight attendant spoke quickly in a soft voice. While everyday travelers simply dismiss the messages as routine, what about infrequent travelers or individuals with hearing, vision or memory problems?

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Never travel without an itinerary, Part 2

by Judy Kirkwood
September 20th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

This post is Part II of Never Travel Without an Itinerary

Once ticketed at the airport in Genoa, Italy–in a rush to get home, not knowing if my mother was alive or dead after suffering a serious stroke–I ran to security, in a panic to make my connection in Berlin to Chicago’s O’Hare airport. But I was stopped for having too much luggage since I didn’t have time to check it.

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Never travel without an itinerary

by Judy Kirkwood
September 14th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Everyone in my family seemed in relatively good health so I wasn’t worried about going to a travel writers conference in Bellagio, Italy, in April 2008. In fact, I was beyond excited. I knew Lake Como was one of the most beautiful vacation destinations in Europe.

The conference went off without a hitch other than someone accidentally fell into Lake Como one rainy night getting onto the boat taking us from a private estate (where we saw remnants of Napoleon’s wife Josephine’s ball gown) back to Hotel Serbelloni.

But afterwards, when I was on my post-trip to the “Italian Riviera,” Liguria, I began to feel uncomfortable, especially because we had not been given a destination hotel address for our itinerary, which I always forward to my sister in case of emergency.

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Grandma Becomes a Rollin’ Stone

by Devlyn Brooks
August 23rd, 2010 at 10:28 pm

My mother is in Atlanta this week to visit my sister. Just a couple of weeks ago she was in Michigan to visit my other sister. Thanks to the two big trips, and several smaller getaways, my mother actually visited all eight of her kids, and most of her grandchildren and great-children, within the past month. I can’t remember the last time she was able to do such traveling, let alone do it in a month’s time. To say that she’s been in heaven would be an understatement.

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