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Elder Hostel also allows for specific needs of the elderly such as more bathroom breaks, rest stops, coffee breaks, and slower-paced adventures.
 - Dr. Marion Somers
    

The Golden Years - Senior or Elder Hostels
The "Golden Years" can be the best time to experience the rest of the world; the good news is there are many organizations that cater to and provide great options for seniors even if they are traveling solo.

One the most well-known groups is Elder Hostel. Realize that this is not usually 4-Star travel. Rather, it is geared towards an older population that may be on a more limited or fixed budget. Travelers stay in down-to-earth locations like college campuses, and the "Y's". Elder Hostel also allows for specific needs of the elderly such as more bathroom breaks, rest stops, coffee breaks, and slower-paced adventures. They are more realistic about and experienced with the endurance and interests of the elderly. It can also be fun to meet other retirees and/or semi-retirees who have like interests. They could travel together or experience an educational get-away and/or cultural events in the local area.

Finally, most elderly are not inclined to do the "ten cities in ten days" trip, so Elder Hostel's adventures usually run from a week to not more than three weeks. You can find them at http://www.elderhostel.com.

Additionally, senior centers and religious organizations will often have day
and weekend trips. All of these options need to be explored to find the ones that meet the senior's needs. Each experience usually varies according to time, interests, endurance level, and budget. Happy travels!


 - Tip provided by Marion Somers Ph.D. - Elder Care Made Easier
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