7 Amazing Cruises for the Elderly

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7 Best Cruises for People Over 65

By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on April 17, 2017

Vacations are a great way for you to bond with your senior loved one and help him or her get out of the house. However, limited mobility, lack of energy, and several other problems may arise in the golden years, making it difficult for your loved one to go on a vacation.

Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality elder home care. Scottsdale families trust in Home Care Assistance to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably.

Cruises are an excellent choice for seniors because they offer special services, medical access, and activities for seniors with or without limited mobility. Here are some of the top cruises you can recommend your loved one.  

1. Alaskan Cruises

For the senior who loves nature, Alaska is the perfect cruise destination. Wildlife, waterfalls, and majestic mountains set the background for most Alaskan cruises. Many of these cruises stop in small towns along the coast where your loved one can explore, shop, and dine, while others allow for exploring the wilderness via foot or vehicle. Other cruises are ideal for spotting creatures like bald eagles, whales, and bears or just enjoying the scenery from the ship. 

2. Caribbean Cruises 

The Caribbean is the most popular cruise destination, especially for seniors. The cruise destination is warm throughout the year, and you need not worry about packing coats and gloves. Your loved one is likely to encounter other seniors on the ship, which can be socially stimulating for him or her.

3. Florida Keys Cruises

If your loved one prefers the warm sunshine, sandy beaches, and clear waters a little closer to home, opt for a cruise around the Florida Keys. Like Caribbean cruises, your loved one is likely to encounter other seniors onboard, so he or she may even make a friend or two on the trip.

4. Adults-Only Cruises 

If your loved one doesn’t plan to bring the grandchildren along, an adults-only cruise may be where he or she feels most comfortable. Many cruise lines offer trips just for people over 50, while others do not allow children under a certain age, usually 12 or 16. These cruises tend to be a little more peaceful, and they offer several adult activities on board. 

5. Disney Cruises 

If your loved one wants to use the cruise as an opportunity to bond with the younger members of the family, a Disney cruise may be the perfect opportunity. While there are plenty of things for the little ones to do, ranging from character encounters to family-oriented dining, many of the Disney cruises also offer adults-only areas. It’s perfect for when your loved one needs some downtime. 

6. European River Cruises

Traveling to Europe may be on many seniors’ bucket lists, but exploring the continent by foot can be tiring, which is why a European river cruise is a great choice for people over 65. These cruises take seniors to some of Europe’s greatest cities and most interesting villages. The scenery is breathtaking. Your loved one can enjoy more peace and quiet while sailing on calmer waters aboard this cruise. Many of these cruises include tours of the destination cities that are suitable for seniors with low energy or mobility. Seniors with limited mobility can benefit from hiring professional live-in caregivers. 

If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Scottsdale Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks.

7. Music-Themed Cruises 

If the destination is not important, consider taking your loved one on a music-themed cruise. Many cruises cater to older generations with regular musical performances by some of the artists from their younger days. Your loved one is sure to enjoy this little trip down memory lane, especially if he or she has trouble remembering the past.

Memory loss in seniors is one of the first signs of dementia or other form of cognitive decline. Dementia can be challenging for seniors to manage, but they can maintain a higher quality of life with the help of professional dementia care. Scottsdale seniors can benefit greatly from the Cognitive Therapeutics Method (CTM), an activities-based program designed to slow cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia. CTM is included at no additional charge with any of the in-home care plans provided by Home Care Assistance. To learn about our holistic approach to dementia care, give us a call at 480.448.6215 today.