Traveling Safety Tips For Seniors: How To Plan For A Trip

With summer in full swing, many people are making plans to travel on vacation or to see family, and while these trips can be fun, traveling can present a unique set of challenges for seniors. There are always safety concerns involved with any trip, in part because you may have physical limitations that need to be addressed but also because seniors are often targeted by thieves.

You may even be traveling with another senior who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, which will require some extra planning, including packing all medications together and creating an itinerary that allows the individual to stay close to his usual schedule. Travel to brand-new places can lead to wandering, so do some research to make sure the destination’s accommodations will give you access to a door with a sturdy lock and make sure the individual has paperwork on him at all times documenting his health needs. Check out this article for more tips on dealing with the challenges of traveling with a loved one with Alzheimer’s.

One of the first things you’ll need to do–after you figure out where you’re traveling to, that is–is to get travel insurance. This will keep you covered in case there’s an accident or you fall ill while on your trip and will ensure that you can get the medical assistance you need no matter how far from home you are.

“Nothing is worse than to be in a foreign land and find yourself in a situation where you have fallen or run out of medication and not knowing what to do or if you’ll be covered,” says travel expert Liz Dahl.

It’s also a good idea to let your immediate family members know where you’re going, where you’ll be staying, how to get in touch with you during the trip, and how long you’ll be there. Talk to your neighbors and keep them in the loop, as well, so that someone can keep an eye on your house.

Here are a few more of the best travel safety tips for seniors.

Keep a low profile

No matter where you’re going, it’s a good idea not to advertise where you are through social media. If you use Facebook, don’t “check in” to restaurants or other establishments, as this is a flag to potential thieves or scammers that you are away from your hotel room or will possibly be using your credit card there. Also, don’t use the signs meant to hang on your hotel room door, as these can tell a thief that no one is around.

When booking your hotel room, ask for one near the elevator, where there will be more foot traffic, and stay away from first-floor rooms if possible, which would give a potential thief window access.

Choose what you eat carefully

You might be tempted to go a little wild while on vacation and eat all the local cuisine, but if you’re on a sodium-free diet or a special meal plan to control diabetes or other disease, it’s a good idea to stick as closely to that as possible. It’s okay to sample what your vacation destination has to offer, but don’t go too crazy. It’s also important to stay hydrated, so drink lots of water throughout the trip.

Don’t flash your cash

It’s never a good idea to flash your money around in an unfamiliar place, so keep the cash you carry to a minimum and consider carrying a small money clip that can be kept in your front pocket, or invest in a good cell phone holder that doubles as a hiding place for your paper money. Women should carry purses that can be worn cross-body style, preferably with a zipper closure instead of a button.

Stay on top of your medicine

If you have several medicines to keep track of, it’s a good idea to invest in a pill caddy that will allow you to sort each medicine by the day. It might be helpful to set an alarm on your phone to help you remember when to take each one, especially if you find yourself getting out of your normal routine while you’re away.

Remember that traveling can be overwhelming when you’re tired or hungry, so try to bring along healthy snacks and make sure you get enough rest to cut down on the stress and anxiety of taking a trip.

Author: Marie Villeza

Multimedia Art Exhibt 2017

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The first Penn South Social Services “Multimedia Art Exhibt 2017” highlights and celebrates the many talented members of the various Penn South Art Groups: Drawing Group, Ceramics Studio, Woodworkers Club, and the Program for Seniors Art Classes. The Exhibit runs from Saturday, June 24 through Sunday, June 25 from 1PM to 5PM. It will be held in Penn South’s Community Room 8A, 343 Eighth Avenue, between 26th and 27th streets.

National Museum of African American History & Culture

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 at 7:15 AM

Depart from PSPS

Penn South Program for Seniors invites you to take a trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. Lunch will be provided at the Golden Corral. Funded by a bequest from Betty Ronson, a former PSPS member. Bus transportation provided! Transportation services will accommodate wheelchairs!

Murray’s Cave

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Depart from PSPS at 11:30am


Murray’s Cave Aged Program includes hundreds of cheeses ripened to perfection in their state-of-the-art caves. Murray’s caves allow them to mature cheese right here in New York City, so you can enjoy their cheeses when they’re at the peak of ripeness. We will visit several different caves and sample some of their cheeses!

Medications: Their Impact on Your Memory with Dr. Fogel

Thursday, June 1st at 2:30pm

Room 2 (Kurzband Rm)

Do your daily medications impair your memory? Learn about how dosages of certain medications can affect your abililty to recall infromation. Acquire new skills on what to ask your healthcare provider. Provided through the UJA Grant with Dr. Fogel.

What makes it Easier to Enjoy your Apartment as you Age?


April 7th, 2017

2:30 PM

Room 1 (Yalowitz Rm)

(290 9th Avenue)

Come participate in the Design for “Aging in Place” NYC Survey hosted by FIT Interior Design Graduate Students. Share your thoughts about what challenges you face in your homes as you get older and discuss the features that assist you in your daily living.

Light Refreshments will be provided.

Passover Celebration


April 6th, 2017

12:00 PM

Room 1 (Yalowitz Room)

290 9th Avenue

Join us for an informal affair with music and delectable Passover hor d’oeuvres from Mendy’s Kosher Deli!

RSVP at the Front Desk of the Center

$5 Contribution Suggested


Recharge Your Brain!

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

2:15 PM

Room 1 (Yalowitz Room)

(290 9th Avenue)


Come learn about ways to sustain your memory through various activities! Acquire new methods for keeping your brain healthy.

Light Refreshments will be provided.

Drama Performance


April 5th, 2017

5:30 PM

Room 1 (Yalowitz Rm)

(290 9th Avenue)

The Penn South Drama Class will present their final performance for the semester, which includes scenes from Broadway productions and original scenes written by members. Please join us and be astounded and entertained by your friends and neighbors. Directed by Frank Engel.

Light Refreshments will be provided!

“Mind Matters” Focus Group


February 9th, 2017

2:30 PM

Room 1 (Yalowitz Room)

(290 9th Avenue)

Through a UJA funded grant, a Mount Sinai Geriatrician and Geriatric psychologist will be working with PSPS on issues related to memory and aging. Come hear Dr. Joyce Fogel more about it. Let us know what you want to learn more about and why does the mind matter.