Sunset beach walks. Extravaganza musical performances. Phenomenal food and pampering accommodations. Vacations are not only relaxing and exciting, they are actually proven to boost your health and lengthen your life.
The Global Commission on Aging, the U.S. Travel Association and the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies polled a number of people and found that travel, particularly for older adults, prevents cognitive impairments such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The research also found that women who vacationed twice a year, compared to only once in six years or fewer, had better heart health and fewer coronary deaths. Men who skipped annual vacations were 20 percent more likely to die with a 30 percent higher risk of death from heart disease.
Travel not only helps you live longer, but boosts your mood and relieves the built-up pressure of daily stress. Doctors advise that getting away even for 24 hours refreshes the body and renews your motivation to tackle tasks and goals.
With generally more free time for leisure, seniors are prime for taking a trip with grandkids or to “bucket list” destinations. Gorgeous scenery, living history museums, presidential libraries, entertainment shows and cruises are among the favorite reasons why older adults vacation, even when budgets are tight. Top U.S.travel destinations for seniors include:
Boston’s Freedom Trail
Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
Conner Prairie, Indiana
The Grand Canyon
New York City
If you are a senior or a senior you know feels overwhelmed with preparing for daytrips or longer vacations, our Right at Home senior care professionals can help pave the way with packing, transportation to the airport and other home caregiver assistance.
Knowing vacations improve longevity, are you more likely to travel this year?