I’m on a roll with writing and wanted to share an excerpt from Planes, Canes, and Automobiles: Connecting with Your Aging Parents through Travel. This is the opening for the book (well, at least for now). Look forward to your thoughts!
Chapter 1: Understand that Things Have Changed
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. —Lao Tzu
In the 6th century BCE you might have been able to start a trip just by taking that first step out the door. Nowadays, though, if you want to realize your dreams of relaxation and rejuvenation, you’ll need to go beyond a single step and include military-precise planning and infinite patience. Add to the mix an aging parent who either asks to come with you or is someone you wish to bring along and the planning process becomes much more complicated, because your parent’s needs and abilities will strongly influence where you go and what you do while on vacation.
We’ve all heard about the proven health impacts of taking time away from a stressful work environment. But studies indicate that retirees, too, benefit from vacations. If your first thought is “Vacation from what?” keep in mind that retirement can cause boredom, depression, disconnectedness, or a sense of life becoming “stale”—all feelings that can result from normal day-to-day routines, regardless of age or employment status.
A proper vacation (where we actually unplug and relax) is supposed to remove us from our normal routines so we can recharge our batteries. Clearly, anyone at any age can benefit from a good vacation. Depending on your parents’ physical and mental capabilities, however, they may need extra assistance in order to travel. And that is where you as the adult child come in. Fortunately, the rewards far outweigh the challenges. Family vacations can be incredibly satisfying, because they enable multiple generations to connect (or reconnect) through unique and special travel experiences!
Three chapters into the publisher – only ten to go! 🙂 Stay tuned for more updates to Planes, Canes, and Automobiles are the writing continues.