Why Seniors Should Embrace RV Travel
An estimated 750,000 to one million retirees embrace RV travel, the New York Times reports. As people continue to live longer, healthier lives, RV life is becoming an increasingly popular option for seniors. RVs let you explore the natural wonders of the country (including, state and national parks and famous hiking trails) on your own terms. Even better, you can take all the conveniences of home along with you.
It’s easy to stay healthy
Staying healthy on the road is a priority for many seniors, especially if you have a health condition or are following a special diet. It’s possible to install a refrigerator in your RV to store fresh, healthy food as you travel. Unlike regular refrigerators, RV refrigerators are built to withstand motions, vibrations, and temperature changes. Before purchasing, research RV refrigerators which collectively suit your needs, space, and budget. Additionally, RV ovens allow you to cook up fresh and nutritious meals to fuel your daily activities. It’s therefore easy to avoid unhealthy fast food and expensive restaurants.
Affordable RV travel
RV owners can spend up to 70% less on RV vacations compared to travel involving planes, cars, hotels, and restaurants — even when ownership costs are considered, a study by PKF Consulting found. Campgrounds cost roughly $23 per night, while you pay an average of $92 a night for a hotel. However, it may be even more economical to rent rather than buy an RV. If you purchase a three-year-old RV, ownership costs roughly $200 per day, the Fun Times RV Guide calculates. You need to use the RV for 40 days per year for ownership to be financially worthwhile. In comparison, the average RVer only uses theirs 27 days per year.
RV travel is a great opportunity for you to meet new people, broaden your social circle, and become part of a community of mature travellers with common interests. Whether you’re an amateur or pro, you can join one of the many RV camping clubs active across the country, giving you an active social network on the road. Membership can cost as little as $30 per year and provide other benefits like educational courses and campsites with extra amenities. Check for an RV group that holds annual social events like conventions, regional rallies, and camp gatherings.
RVs allow seniors to travel while maintaining greater independence and freedom than possible with conventional travel. You’re able to set your own schedule and move onto the next destination without having to pack and unpack. So, if you’re dreaming of seeing the country in later life, RV travel may be the perfect option for you.
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Lakelyn Hogan is Participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit
Lakelyn is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit.
Lakelyn serves as Gerontologist and Caregiver Advocate at the Global Headquarters of Home Instead Senior Care®. Lakelyn began her career at the local franchise working one-on-one with seniors and CAREGivers. Today at t he Global Headquarters, Lakelyn works to educate professionals in aging, families and communities on Home Instead’s services and how to navigate the unique challenges older adults face. Lakelyn is a doctoral student at the University of Nebraska – Omaha where she is studying Social Gerontology. She has a Master of Arts in Social Gerontology and Master’s in Business Administration from UNO. Lakelyn has professional experience in the private and public sectors of senior care services. She also values giving back to her community. Currently, serving as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Dreamweaver Foundation, that grants lifelong wishes for terminally ill older adults. She is also active in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Lakelyn has a passion for helping others, especially aging adults and their families.
Susan’s session is entitled: Daughters in the Workplace
Family Caregivers – The Missing Social Determinant of Care
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DistilNFO had an opportunity to interview Anthony Cirillo, FACHE, ABC. Anthony is president of The Aging Experience. He helps health organizations craft experiences and seize opportunities in the mature marketplace. He helps family caregivers thrive and individuals make educated aging decisions. A consultant and professional speaker, Anthony is a monthly contributor on The Charlotte Today program, a contributor to US News and World Report.
c This is particularly acute in the health care arena where you have paid caregivers by day who are also family caregivers by night. Adding to the strain on the health care system is the failure of providers to acknowledge and engage the family caregivers of patients. We talk with health and aging expert Anthony Cirillo.
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Shaun is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit
We welcome Shaun to the Caregiver Smile Summit. Shaun is an angel investor, seasoned business executive and techpreneur. He has deep insights into the new digital technologies and how they can be leveraged to benefit us in our daily lives. He is the Founder CEO of Sentech Ventures, a company that leverages voice first technologies like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to help seniors “Age in Place”. He is also an Investor & Chief Business Officer for Technosphere an Internet of Things company that works on innovative electronic products and solutions. Prior to this for over two decades Shaun has worked with various technology companies in business management roles. Shaun earned his undergraduate in Engg. from National Institute of Technology in India and his MBA from Scott School of Business in Indiana. He lives in Dallas with his wife and daughter.
Her topic on the caregiver smile summit is: Using Smart Speakers to Make Your Life Easier as a Caregiver