For my father's 90th birthday last week, we surprised him with a trip to Florida - specifically to attend the UDT/Navy Seals Museum Muster with the WWII UDT Veterans group on November 7th. It will be a nice break from the cold in Maine & these Vets are his peers (so no big drinking parties or swinging from the rafters) - after the Muster & associated events, we'll spend 5 days with my daughter in Fort Myers.
Pop is in excellent shape for his age - gets around on his own (a little slower since Mom passed), he does have to wear a diaper at night due to enlarged prostate, the only med he takes has to do with his prostate, blood pressure is good, both hearing aids are perfect & brand new (thanks, VA), his vision isn't too bad (also new glasses & such), has all his own teeth (minus one or two)...so there isn't a strong medical based concern about him traveling.
We've planned the trip based upon his needs and low speed. He's traveling with my sister and myself - my three adult kids are meeting us in Florida.
I think I've covered everything - making sure there are those "golf carts" waiting to transport us from gate-to-gate at the airports, reserving handicapped accessible hotel rooms (he doesn't exactly need them, but it helps make it easier), sending diapers to my daughter in Florida so he won't have to transport many in his suitcase, and preparing his carry-on items as required for him. Someone mentioned giving him those "airborne" pills to keep him from catching anything on the plane - what do you think? Also, any suggestions for snacks to carry with us during our travel days that the airline will accept? Any "lessons learned" from traveling with elders you'd like to share?
Thanks for your thoughts and ideas!