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A New Strategy to Meet the Needs of the Elderly

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A New Strategy to Meet the Needs of the Elderly   by Alan Lipton


Geriatric Care Management:

Getting older isn't what it used to be. There was a time when senior members of the community lived amongst their extended family, relying on their children or grandchildren for support. But as the Baby Boomer generation pushes the population's media age higher and higher, and as each generation seems to move farther and farther from its geographical roots, the act of younger generations caring for their elderly relatives is becoming less common. Nowadays, the elderly must find alternative ways to receive the type of care they need, though many seniors are reluctant to move into retirement homes or assisted living facilities.

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The effects of caregiving linger on

"The negative psychological effects of caring for someone with dementia linger long after that person has died.  Previous research on caregivers shows that they have higher levels of depression than non-caregivers, especially if they are looking after someone with dementia. When the person dies, there is grief - naturally - but one might expect some psychological improvement once the burden of caregiving has been lifted." - from HealthandAge.com

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Being a senior citizen actually has some advantages! First of all, there are a variety of discounts available for seniors. Lots of restaurants are known for having senior discounts. There are also discounts on airfare and other transportation venues. Seniors discounts can also be had at many resorts and popular destinations for seniors. Seniors may enjoy a vast array of activities as they travel. The travel industry has begun to realize that senior travelers are a vital and important part of the travel arena.

Seniors have just as diverse a range of travel interests as anyone and here are a few popular choices:

1. Musical and Broadway shows: Sitting down to watch a musical or a play doesn't require any strenuous activity and is popular with seniors, especially the culture buffs. Because of this, New York and London make very popular destinations because of the wide variety of shows on offer. In both locations, seniors are spoiled for choice.

2. Cruises: Cruises are a very exciting

3. Museums: Museums are great for people of all ages, not only seniors. However, senior travellers are particularly interested in history and especially enjoy museums. Washington D.C. is a great choice and has some of the finest museums in the world. the Smithsonian Institution has more than 19 museums, 9 research centres, and over 140 affiliate museums around the world.

4. State and National Parks: State and national parks offer a lot for senior citizens who love the great outdoors. Senior travellers may choose to visit parks by taking a tour bus or with family or friends by car. Many state or national parks have lodges where travellers can rest comfortably and enjoy their meals in a nearby restaurant. Some of this accommodation has golf, bingo, swimming pools and spas for you to relax in. More and more seniors are choosing to stay close to home by enjoying nearby state and national parks.

These are just a few of the top attractions for senior travellers. Many seniors are quite active and enjoy traveling. No matter how seniors choose to spend their holidays, it's never too late to get out there and explore what the world has to offer.

About the Author

Kristy has been a travel agent specializing in seniors travel for 10 years so she knows that holiday insurance for seniors is very important. She strongly recommends travel insurance for over 80 year olds for those who are getting up in age but still want to explore the world.

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