With summer in full swing, Ohio Department of Aging Director Bonnie Kantor-Burman encourages seniors and those traveling with older adults or people with special needs to plan in advance and to check out handy tip sheets and travel tools on the agency’s website, www.aging.ohio.gov.
“Ohio is home to some of the nation’s best amusement parks, zoos, historical sites, fairs and festivals, all of which offer summer fun for people of all ages,” said Director Kantor-Burman. “With these tools, we hope to help all Ohioans get the most from their vacations. When you’ve planned well, you get to spend more time enjoying yourself.”
Travelers are encouraged to:
• Check attractions’ websites for maps, parking info and tools to help plan your visit.
• Ask in advance about discounts for seniors and veterans.
• Ask if there are any areas of the venue that are not accessible for people with limited mobility.
• Bring along a list of medications you take, along with dosage information.
• Wear light-colored, cotton clothing and sunscreen.
• Drink plenty of fluids and watch for signs of heat-related illness.
• With a group, make sure you have plenty of support to ensure each person’s safety.
• Agree upon a meeting place and regular check-in times.
The department also developed a “Friend and Family Finder” tool that each person in a group can fill out and carry with him. The tool lists information that can help reunite someone with his group if separated.
Visit www.aging.ohio.gov for more information.