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Pedestrian Accidents Rising: Cell Phones Are Major Cause PDF Print E-mail


Several decades ago, when today’s seniors were younger, anyone walking across a busy street talking into a little box was considered insane. These days it’s a common sight when pedestrians not only talk, but also stare at little moving pictures on the box. And not paying attention to the street traffic around them.

According to the Wall Street Journal and other sources, today’s accident records show that cell phone inattention by pedestrians is getting more dangerous every day. And of course, drivers with eyes and ears on phones are even more guilty of causing the fatal statistics.

Seniors with limited eye and ear capabilities are particularly vulnerable to street accidents. And those who walk on unfamiliar foreign city streets are even more liable to be hit. Many years ago in New York Winston Churchill started to cross a busy street and was severely injured by a taxi. He forgot that travel lanes are reversed in England. Advice: When in city traffic, whether on foot or driving, keep eyes and ears away from your smart phone.

 
Airport Comfort Dog Causes Severe Wounds To Child PDF Print E-mail


A pit bull emotional support dog recently mauled a five-year-old’s face at the Portland OR airport. She had moved close to him when the sudden attack happened. 

The dog was stressed by airport noise, crowds and confusion, resulting in the unexpected reaction. Your travel4seniors.com editor was also hurt recently in a similar incident. When I stroked the head of a costumed dog during a noisy holiday street parade, he quickly bit my hand. It caused a large, deep bloody wound that required many stitches.

Lesson learned? In your travels, always be careful about petting comfort dogs in airports and elsewhere with large crowds, loud noise and other stressful conditions that could frighten them. Be friendly, but keep a safe  distance.

 
How To Deal With Ever-Rising Restaurant Costs PDF Print E-mail

After not visiting the Florida resort town for several years, we recently had lunch at a popular eatery. The food was health-themed, but the bill was sickening.

It was $190 for the four of us, with booze, but no desserts. When we first ate there just a dozen years ago, the same lunch cost less than $80 for four people. There are ways to fight the high prices. For seniors trying to live on limited budgets, we can deal with the ever-rising cost of restaurant dining.

The most obvious is to visit high-priced restaurants less frequently and find the most reasonable eateries. When traveling, avoid expensive restaurants and catered in-room hotel meals and drinks. Buy take-out food and booze at a nearby grocery, and enjoy bargain meals in the park and your hotel room.

 
For Senior Travelers, March And April Are Worst Flu Season PDF Print E-mail


The Doctors Report Illness Tracker says this year’s spread of the disease will be one of the worst in many years. The report further lists big cities are where the heaviest outbreaks are happening. They include downtown areas in San Francisco, Washington DC, New York, Miami and Boston.

If winter and springtime travels take you to heavily-populated cities in the US and elsewhere around the world, take precautions to keep you off the sick list. Whenever possible this season, avoid spending less time in the most crowded locations.

They include busy airports, subway stations, city transportation, busy restaurants and large retail stores. Carry a kit with disposable dry and soapy wet wipes, face mask and cold medicines.

 
More Passenger Guns Show Up At Airport Check-Ins PDF Print E-mail


Remember the old TV series, Have Gun, Will Travel? It sees too many people are taking that too literally these days. According to a USA Today report, last year TSA agents in U.S. airports had to confiscate nearly 4,000 illegal guns from passenger check-in bags and clothing. And the numbers keep increasing every year.

Before you decide to pack heat on your next flight, it’s best not to do it. If you have a legit reason to take firearms, be absolutely sure you know the rules that apply and have the papers to prove it. And, while checking in you notice another passenger with an unauthorized weapon or other illegal item, to insure safety for everyone on the flight, report it immediately to the nearest airport security officer.

 
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