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Technology can put travel within reach [Promoting Senior Wellness]

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March 9 – Whether you’re longing to escape the cold, snowy winter or longing to relive the summertime nostalgia of family trips from years past, travel is often on our minds.

And who can blame us? Travel not only gives us the opportunity to discover new places, new cultures and new adventures, but it is also a way for us to connect with our loved ones, explore our past and create new memories. .

For many seniors, especially those enjoying an active retirement, travel is an enjoyable pastime and a priority.

For others, limited mobility and reliance on caregiver schedules have made travel in the traditional sense more difficult.

Fortunately, in a time when technology and digital connection have become increasingly commonplace in the wake of a global pandemic, there are a myriad of ways for seniors – or anyone, for that matter – to to visit distant places, to participate in meaningful face-to-face encounters. face conversations with loved ones and essentially take a virtual trip from the comfort of their favorite chair.

Want to visit a museum exhibit, but don’t have the ability (or desire) to get there in person? Or maybe a visit to a renowned zoo across the country was on your to-do list, but getting there now seems nearly impossible.

By visiting a website such as trip.com, a variety of cultural excursions are literally at your fingertips. Whether it’s the Koala Cam at the San Diego Zoo or a 3-dimensional tour of the tomb of Pharaoh Ramses VI in Egypt, traveling across the country and the world remains accessible to young and old alike when the means to go there in person are lacking.

Perhaps one of your most treasured memories is an annual trip to visit distant family and friends. While on the one hand Zoom has become a buzzword associated with lockdowns and the isolation of loved ones, it remains a reliable and quite effective way to connect with others in a way that a letter or a phone call simply cannot accomplish.

You can see a friend’s smile hearing their laughter, read a story face-to-face with grandchildren across time zones, even take a class in a museum miles from your living room.

Traveling is often an essential part of who we are as social beings. We yearn to see what else is in the world, to escape our daily grind and stay connected to those who matter most to us.

Many of us can hop in a car or book a flight to anywhere in the world with relative ease, but the ability to jet-set without even packing a suitcase brings that world to us instead – and above all, keeps a passion for travel accessible to the elderly who dream of it.

At The Hickman, we recognize the role travel plays in emotional well-being, especially for people facing physical or cognitive limitations. We proudly support our residents by connecting remotely to online worship services, connecting with loved ones via Zoom, offering local scenic bus tours, traveling to remote locations with our virtual reality program, and more. again.

If you think The Hickman might be right for you or a family member, call 484-760-6300. We look forward to hearing from you!

Promotion of the well-being of the elderly is provided by The Hickman, a Quaker-affiliated licensed personal care home in West Chester. To visit www.thehickman.org or call 484-760-6300. The Hickman does not endorse or is not affiliated with the companies and apps mentioned in this article.