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Big Seniors Flying Economy Deal With Seat & Wallet Squeezes PDF Print E-mail

Q: I’m six feet four, and since I always have to pay my own way, I fly economy. I’m often a bit cramped, but it’s OK with me and save money. Now the airlines, always greedy for squeezing more dough out of us, have introduced more leg room for more money. What do you think about this new rip-off?

Can My Elderly Cat Fly With Me? PDF Print E-mail

Q: Mems is 15 yrs old, and except for needing daily medication, he’s in good health. However, recently, whenever I’m away from the house for even one day, he won’t eat until he sees me again. I need to spend a week with family in a city 500 miles away, and I want to take Mems with me. I’d never put him in baggage, but I understand some kind of cage is required if he rides with me. What are the rules and costs?

Is it OK to Travel With an Alzheimer's Patient? PDF Print E-mail

Q: My 83-year-old husband has been diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. He’s otherwise healthy so far, but after years of jogging every morning, he’s become confused several times, and kindly neighbors have escorted him home. We’ve been invited to spend a week in Palm Springs with friends who own a two-bedroom timeshare with a community pool. After one of the coldest winters on record here in Minnesota, I know we’d both love the warm desert climate. However, I’m afraid if he insists on jogging there, he may get lost or worse. On the other hand, I can’t leave him home without someone to be with him 24 hours a day for the week.

Can Travel55Plus & Elderhostel Cure a Lonely Heart? PDF Print E-mail

Q: I know you’re a travel website, not a lonely hearts club, but I have a problem that could involve both. I’m a 56-year-old male university prof and have been widowed for five years. There’s a woman prof in our department who's divorced. She’s been a great friend and colleague for a long time, but now I’d like to establish a deeper relationship.

She’s a fan of Elderhostel programs, and takes one or two every summer. Here’s my idea. If I invite myself to join her on a trip this year, or suggest one we can take together, do you think it can help us get closer?

Lonesome Prof, Boston, MA:

Senior Gripe: How Do We Get Better Seats on Overseas Flights? PDF Print E-mail

Q: We love to fly to Asia and Europe. Wait, let me put it another way. We love to visit Asia and Europe, but we hate the sardine-can seats in tourist class. We’re getting too old for that kind of torture. What extra money do we have to spend to get flights that offer Pullman type bunks, or at least seats that go back flat so we can sleep during those eight to 12 hours in the air?


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