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When H. G. Wells wrote The Time Machine people must have started to think about what travel in the future would be like. Would it become more convenient with world locations easy to access? Some things have come true, and change needs to happen. Presently, one of the barriers to traveling is accommodating people with reduced mobility, who want to travel and have the time to do it. Mobility can be an issue with any movement from positioning one's feet on the floor to boarding a plane. As a society, we strive to make travel and transportation more accommodating for those with mobility concerns. Unfortunately, barrier-free travel is still not a thing of the past but somewhere in the complexity of so many things the “ time machine ” idles silently.

Research as noted that age-related loss of mobility tends to be a discrete event (like a decision to give up driving) rather than a gradual process.

High Needs vs Mobility Issues

A definition of the word mobility is the ability to move or be moved freely and easily. We know there are many factors that contribute to the loss or the reduction of the ability to move. In the future, as more individuals with mobility challenges interact with their environments, populations may decide to approach this subject with increased mindfulness.

As the over 60 population doubles in the next 15 years, being able to get around in life could become a critical issue. Many members of this mushrooming demographic, who want to move around locally and to other countries, struggle to find appropriate transportation. They also nurture a strong need to connect physically with relatives and friends. Close connections with friends and family ward off poor health and premature death. Our society's elders live longer due to better medicine, better technology, and more personal care support services than were available to this generation in the past. It is apparent that older adults are becoming prime users of cheap, dependable, comfortable and stress-free transportation systems. They are also a large percentage of those who invest in international travel. Accessibility issues can be of great concern for those who want to travel and have reduced mobility.

Agent Knows her Business

Older travellers to unfamiliar places consult with Karlee Marshall of Marlin Travel. She notes most seniors who travel to Europe like to explore and learn while immersing themselves in its diverse history. Those with mobility concerns might take note of her suggestions. Choose destinations that give you the shortest time in transit. Plan ahead to accommodate accessibility needs. Take the train or go by boat as opposed to a more confined method of travel such as plane or automobile transportation. She also recommends that you stay at the best properties for your comfort needs and request disability safe and accessible accommodations. ©

Resources

A Longer Life is Lived with Company by Elizabeth H. Pope
Marlin Travel

When Older Adults Travel

Date

March 15, 2013

Author

James Kershaw

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Jim Kershaw says

March 15, 2013

Quite a knowledgeable agency!

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