What would make traveling with aged parents easier?
January 12, 2014 6:54 PM Subscribe
My mum is 78, my dad is in his eighties. My mum has always wanted to go to Paris but she doesn't want to travel without Dad. I'm thinking of taking them both but there's all sorts of anxiety on their part and mine. What are some suggestions to address these worries?
My Mum and Dad don't speak French so they'll be relying on my so-so language skills. Their English also isn't that strong. So right away they are concerned that they are heavily reliant on me to do everyday stuff. Second, my mum has arthritis, she can walk ten blocks at a time but will need to rest often. She's worried she won't manage it physically.
My biggest worry is that if something should happen to me (get sick or whatever), they'll be stranded in a foreign country, helpless. My second worry is about my Dad, he is often in a rush and doesn't take appropriate care as a pedestrian in traffic. I want him to slow down and walk with my mum (who is almost too careful) but it's a habit he hasn't picked up yet.
Also, in a related vein, I haven't drawn up an itinerary yet. My folks aren't big on museums and art galleries but I am. What can they do if they don't join me at, say, the Louvre?