Going on a family vacation can be one of the most fun aspects of the summer and it would be a shame if anybody had to be left behind. Even the oldest members of the family should be brought along, which can be done safely and easily.
ABC 7 suggests that planning is the most important aspect when it comes to keeping elderly loved ones safe on the road.
"It takes a lot of coordination and a lot of organization.
And you have to really prepare for it," Geriatric specialist Dr Marion Somers told the outlet.
Somers says there are several crucial things to remember when providing elder care on the go. She recommends scheduling a full check up before the trip to ensure there are no safety concerns. After that, consider calling the hotel or airline ahead of time to reserve any accommodations that might make the trip more comfortable.
Going on vacation can be a way for some elderly individuals to maintain an active lifestyle. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that keeping mobile is important as people age because about 35 to 45 percent of individuals over the age of 75 lead sedentary lives.