Traveling with Aging Parents

by Sonja Stark on June 14, 2014

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Might you be thinking of taking a parent or two on a much-needed vacation this summer? I often travel with my Mom (and Dad too) but, knock on wood, they are still both unflappable and energetic. But, someday, one of them might not be. They might need a wheelchair or a folding cane or a travel chair. Someday, I might need to hand-carry their prescriptions or hire drivers or take advantage of pre-boarding at airports.

That’s where Val Grubb comes to my rescue (and yours too). I found her blog in late May, when the New York Times ran an article on the subject with advice gleaned from the expert blogger.

20 years ago, Grubb took on the task of showing her beloved mom the world – one airport ramp at a time. Together they have traveled over 300,000-miles and tackled every hurdle imaginable, including a 32+ hour flight to Australia. They took their first vacation together when her mom was 65 and have since been to Thailand, France, Australia, China, and beyond. Her signature blog “Travel with Aging Parents” chronicles the triumphs and challenges of intergenerational travel with a positive attitude.

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