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Seniors May Find Princess Caribbean Cruise Promoting Heart Health a Beneficial Vacation

Cruise line to donate part of fairs to American Heart Association; could total $1 million

Sept. 18, 2013 – Here is a vacation that may be just the thing for many senior citizens - the American Heart Association is collaborating with Princess Cruises on a first-of-its-kind cruise that will feature especially themed programs, entertainment and activities to promote heart-health. The ship departs for the Western Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 10 and returns after a five-day cruise aboard Ruby Princess.

Senior Citizen Travel & Leisure

'Yellow Book' 2014 released by CDC to help international travelers stay healthy

Important to senior citizens - frequent travelers and often most susceptible to disease

Aug. 23, 2013 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the online version of the 2014 edition of CDC Health Information for International Travel, commonly known as the “Yellow Book.” Nicknamed for its yellow cover, this is the ultimate guide for healthy international travel. Its detailed information on staying healthy when in foreign lands is of particular importance to senior citizens, who are frequent travelers and often most susceptible to disease. Read more...

Senior Citizen Travel & Leisure

Unique New Zealand Travel Program Offers Memorable Stays for Senior Travelers

“Look After Me” treats visitors to Kiwi hospitality through vetted hosts and virtual hotel program - see video

May 5, 2012 – A unique vacation concept designed to appeal especially to senior travelers is spreading across New Zealand. Named “Look After Me,” this new accommodation concept is connecting mature travelers with authentic Kiwi hosts to create a unique and memorable travel experience. Read more, watch video...

Senior Citizen Alerts

FDA Oks Boostrix for Senior Citizens to Prevent Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis

Whooping cough (Pertussis), increasing since 2007, is highly contagious; outbreaks among elderly in nursing homes and hospitals

July 11, 2011 – Senior citizens – people age 65 and older – no longer have to get separate vaccinations to prevent tetanus and diphtheria. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the Boostrix vaccine, which will prevent both of these diseases, plus pertussis (whooping cough), which is increasing among the elderly. Read more...

Senior Citizen Travel & Leisure

Tips for Safe and Healthy Travel by Senior Citizens Offered by CDC

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel is easier and safer than ever before for senior citizens

Photo: A man and woman on a beach.March 2, 2011 - The retirement years can be an exciting time to see the world, and travel is easier and safer than ever before for senior citizens. With a little planning and some caution, seniors can safely visit almost any destination. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge older travelers to follow the simple tips below to ensure safe travel. Read more...

Forest Service Decides Not to Reduce Senior Citizens’ 50 Percent Discount to Campgrounds

Senior Pass costs just $10 for lifetime of discounts at all Federal recreation sites that charge

March 23, 2010 – Senior citizens and the disabled will continue to receive a discount at Forest Service campgrounds run by private concessions after USDA Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell decided not to implement proposed changes to fees charged to holders of passes. Read more...

Aging Baby Boomers Lead Trend to Genealogical Tourism, Study Finds

Aging plays important role in choice of tourism and genealogical travel is way of attaining a view of ourselves in connection with the past

March 5, 2010 - For the work-weary, the word “vacation” may conjure images of leisurely, carefree days at the beach sipping umbrella drinks. But according to published research by a University of Illinois expert in tourism and recreation, genealogical tourism is one of the fastest growing markets in vacation travel because it represents a conscious shift away from relaxation and into the realm of personal enrichment and fulfillment. Read more...

Airfare Too High? Senior Citizens Should Consider an All-Expenses-Included Cruise

Most cruise liners offer lodging, meals and basic entertainment in an all-inclusive rate that represents a significant savings for seniors watching their budgets

By Jessica Runberg

Aug. 22, 2008 - With airline prices on the rise, senior citizens are looking for new ways to get creative with their travel dollars. Although there are still a few deals to be found on air travel, more senior citizens are turning to Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Princess, and Carnival cruises to realize a savings that comes from taking an all expenses included vacation. Read more...

Senior Citizen Travel & Vacation

Taking These Ten Items Can Help You Have a Healthy Vacation

Harvard Medical School publishes new report on healthy travel

June 13, 2008 - Whether your summer vacation plans involve staying close to home or crossing the globe, most senior citizens will want to put as much thought into protecting their health while traveling as they do choosing your destination. Read more...

Senior Citizen Health & Medicine

Killers of 300,000 a Year: DVTs, PEs Most Likely to Strike as We Age

Most deaths can be prevented by education, preventive actions


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March 17, 2008 - They kill 300,000 people a year - but most of them could be prevented. They strike more than a million people every year, most of them out of the blue - and half without causing symptoms. They target the bedridden, the hospitalized, the elderly - and even some generally healthy people too. They are among those villains that are more likely to strike as we get older. But many senior citizens have no idea what they are, who gets them, or how to avoid them. Read more...

Obsidian Hikers Invite Senior Citizens to ‘Take a Hike’ During Olympic Trials

Bach Festival also happens as club hosts 22 hikes in western Oregon

Feb. 29, 2008 - The Obsidians outdoors club of Eugene, Oregon - mostly senior citizens - has announced a schedule of 22 hikes for visitors to this summer’s U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials and concurrent Oregon Bach Festival. Outings include 12 coastal, forest and mountain hikes and 10 urban hikes, presenting visitors an introduction to both the natural wonders of western Oregon and the unique attractions of Track Town, USA. Read more...

National Park Service Has Changed Senior Discount Passes, Fees

Visiting these parks can be great vacation without spending lots of money

By David Smidt, SeniorDiscounts.com

America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass – Senior PassFeb. 21, 2008 - There have been some changes to the discounts available at National Parks, Monuments and historic sites over the past years, so we thought it would be a good idea to provide details for the entire pass programs, since visiting these areas can be a great way to vacation without spending lots of money. Read more...

Travel Agency Catering to Older Americans Joining High-Tech Trend

Vantage says majority use Internet to complete forms, get info

Oct. 31, 2007 – A travel agency that caters to older Americans says it is adding an option for their customers to book travel on the Internet, after finding that seven out of ten of their customers are using an Internet feature for filling out forms and getting information that was added last year. Read more...

Travel Agencies that Target Senior Citizens May Best Meet Special Travel Needs

Vantage explains advantages; says median age of their customers is 71

Sept. 10, 2007 - As baby boomers and senior citizens find themselves at a time of life with more free time, many are opting to travel. But a trip to Disney World or a sharing a cruise ship with rowdy spring breakers may not be what many seniors have in mind. Those looking for something more suited to their interests should consult with a company that specializes in servicing mature travelers. Read more...

Senior Citizens, Baby Boomers Offered 50 Percent Off Caribbean Cruise

Kids and grandkids also get great price says MSC Cruises

Aug. 10, 2007 - For a limited time only, Baby Boomers and Senior Citizens (in this case you just need to be 50 years of age) can save at least 50 percent on the price of a memorable MSC Cruises Caribbean sailing - and take the kids/grandkids along at a great price, too! Read more...

CDC Updates Health Book with New Advice for International Travelers

New ‘Yellow Book’ highlights ordinary and extraordinary hazards

July 25, 2007 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released an updated version of the "Yellow Book," the definitive guide to healthy international travel. The newest edition of the "Yellow Book" provides information on a range of health risks from the ordinary — sunburns, auto accidents and travelers′ diarrhea — to the extraordinary — avian flu and natural disasters. Read more...

Senior Citizens, Baby Boomers Can Save up to Half on Europe Sailings

MSC Cruises offering discounts to 50 and over

MSC OrchestraMarch 22, 2007 - Senior Citizens and Baby Boomers, age 50 or older, can save more than 40 percent - and as much as 51 percent - off retail rates on selected 2007 Europe sailings of MSC Cruises' ships, according to an announcement by the Fort Lauderdale company yesterday. Read more...

Small Ship Vacations Dominate Top 10 List for Older American Travel

Grand Circle says it's fastest growing segment of its international vacations

January 24, 2007 – The top ten most popular vacations in 2006 for older Americans has been released by Grand Circle Corporation, a company specializing in international travel adventures for people over 50. For the first time in the company's 49-year history, seven out of the most popular vacations were small-ship vacations, which it says is the fastest-growing segment of Grand Circle business and one of the fastest-growing choices in the travel industry. Read more...

New Requirement for Passport to Return to U.S. by Air is Effective Tomorrow

Next step will require it for land and sea travel, too

January 22, 2007 – Senior citizens should be aware of new travel restrictions that become effective tomorrow that will require all citizens of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda to present a passport to enter the United States when arriving by air from any part of the Western Hemisphere. This requirement was announced last November by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Department of State. As early as next year, a second phase will include travel by land or sea. Read more...

Passport to be Required in 2007 for Air Travel Even to Neighboring Countries

Air Transport Association offers help on getting passports

December 13, 2006 - Senior citizens planning travel in 2007 need be aware that beginning Jan. 23, 2007, all travelers will be required to present a passport to enter or re-enter the United States, including U.S. citizens returning to the U.S. by air from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda. Read more...

Senior Travelers Can Find Fall Bargains in Renting Owner-Direct Vacation Homes

September 21, 2006 – The hottest niche trend in the travel business is owner-direct vacation rental homes and it is a market that retirees and other senior citizens may want to take advantage of in the next couple of months when rates are at their lowest, according to Destination Villas. The company offers vacation rentals by owner in popular resorts around the world. Read more...

Small Ship Travel Catalog Available to Senior Citizens

Grand Circle says older Americans prefer these international trips

August 2, 2006 – Small ship travel is by far the most popular way to travel for older Americans, according to Grand Circle Corporation, which is offering free a new catalog – "Small Ship Travel" – to mature travelers. The company says it is a leader in international travel, adventure and discovery for Americans over age 50. Read more...

'Grandtravel' Popular Bonding Experience for Grandparents

July 25, 2006 - Seniors who like to "spoil the grandchild" without interference from the parents have discovered that the safest bets are long trips to theme parks, historical sites and even on safaris, a new University of Florida study finds. "Grandtravel," the practice of kids vacationing with grandma and grandpa and no parents, received a thumbs up from nearly 80 percent of grandparents surveyed. Read more...

Senior Travel

America's Top 100 Family Campgrounds Announced

Seniors can find parks by state or categories from best beaches to bird watching

May 1, 2006 – As spring blooms, many senior citizens start thinking about the outdoors – whether to recapture the joy of younger days or to have fun with the grandkids, or both. ReserveAmerica today released their list of the top 100 family campgrounds. They are listed below in alphabetical order by name and by state. There are also lists of the parks by attributes, like bird watching, hiking, canoeing, etc. Read more...

Newlywed Retirees are Enjoying Life House Sitting Around the World

Website urges senior retirees to sign up as house sitters for free lodging anywhere

Dec. 6, 2005 - Tony and Margaret Steele-Rijkelijkhuizen have only been married a little less than three years, yet these retirees are not sitting at home twiddling their thumbs. Before their marriage, both Tony and Margaret led very active lives, and they saw no reason why retirement should slow them down. As house sitters, the Steele-Rijkelijkhuizen’s are traveling the world. They recently returned back to their home in the Netherlands from a house sit in Greece. Read more...

Holiday Travel Doesn't Have to be a Pain for Seniors

Orthopaedic surgeons, chiropractors offer tips on avoiding injury

Nov. 21, 2005 – This is the first big week of travel for the holiday season that stretches to the end of the year, and two organizations are offering tips for preventing injuries that especially apply to senior citizens. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 49,100 luggage-related injuries were treated at hospital emergency rooms, doctors' offices and clinics in 2004. Read more...

Value-Packed Fall Getaways

California Bed & Breakfast Inns Offer Discount for Seniors Only

Special Web page leads directly to the senior discounts for fall

Oct. 5, 2005 - The California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) is inviting senior citizens to enjoy the “comfort and charm” of inns and B&Bs this fall. Special senior discounts are being made available through an interactive Website that is currently reached through advertising links on SeniorJournal.com. Read more...

Opinion: Of Planes and Trains

Enjoying AMTRAK’s 90-Percent-Off Summer Sale

By Philip J. Moran, Skillman NJ

Most of us would never consider that the act of traveling could itself be the best part of a trip. Our experience waiting in line at the airport check-in, waiting in line for security, removing our jacket, then removing our watch and jewelry, removing our shoes, then our belt before finally passing the machine or wands test. Never an auspicious beginning, our relief at the supposed security thus gained carries through this post 9/11 ritual. Read more...

Travel by Adults with Disabilities Jumps Despite Barriers

Aug. 1, 2005 - The average number of leisure trips and hotel stays by adults with disabilities - many of them senior citizens - has increased by 50% from 2002, despite significant travel barriers, according to a 2005 survey released by the Open Doors Organization and the Travel Industry Association of America. Read more...

Travel Tips for Reducing Chances of Identity Theft

June 30, 2005 - With the summer season now in full swing, many senior citizens, like other Americans, are planning to spend some of their free time traveling. If you are one of the 328 million Americans planning to travel this summer it's important to take steps to ensure financial privacy and minimize your chances of becoming a victim of identity theft. The Federal Trade Commission reported that at least 10 million Americans were victims of identity theft in a recent 12 month period. Read more...

Overactive Bladder: Where to Stop Travel Guide for Older Americans

May 20, 2005 - Anxiety may replace anticipation when traveling for the one out of six adults over age 40 with a condition called overactive bladder (OAB). To help people with OAB avoid embarrassment when they head outside their homes, world-renowned travel expert Arthur Frommer has partnered with Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation to develop Where to Stop & Where to Go: A Guide to Traveling with Overactive Bladder in the United States.

Available free, the guide is the centerpiece of a new educational campaign designed to help the more than 33 million people with OAB in the United States build confidence about traveling. The first-of-its-kind 75-page guide highlights key restaurants, museums, and other tourist attractions in 19 U.S. cities and four national parks, providing an easy-to-follow list of restroom locations. To obtain a free copy of Where to Stop & Where to Go, consumers can call toll-free 1-877-STOP-GO-5 (1-877-786-7465) or log onto http://www.WheretoStopWheretoGo.com.

SeniorJournal.com writer organizing next trip

River Rafting in Alaska is Next Adventure Trip for Women Over 40

March 16, 2005 – Debbie Jacobs, who writes about travel adventures for older women for SeniorJournal.com, is organizing a new trip – “Alaska: Exploring the Wild.” She says, “Traveling through Wrangell-St. Elias National Park by river is the supreme wilderness adventure for women over 40.” Read more...

Adventure travel for women

How Older Cowgirls Get Rid of the Blues

By Debbie Jacobs, Explorations in Travel

March 2, 2005 - I first met Bev, a youthful 60 something, on a whitewater rafting trip. In and of itself, there's nothing extraordinary about that (she was one of the 'youngsters' on board). But in the months preceding our adventure I heard from Bev regularly. She called to confirm that she didn't "have" to get in a raft. Read more...

Senior Travel

Maxine, 71, Takes River Rafting In Stride

"Rivers & Rapids and Bears, Oh My!"

By Debbie Jacobs

Feb. 10, 2005 - She was easy to spot. On her medical form she had noted that she would not be useful for carrying any canoes, the stick drawing she included showed three people carrying a canoe overhead. Standing in between two of the figures, Maxine could not reach high enough to help. Read more...

Travel Discounts for Seniors

Ten Winter Getaways Offering Discounts to Senior Citizens

Oct. 11, 2004 – Senior citizens can find great winter getaways that offer discounts for seniors. Janet Groene, author of Fantastic Discounts & Deals for Anyone Over 50, sent SeniorJournal.com this list of her top ten. More... 10/11/04*

Volunteer to Help the Corps

Senior Citizens Enjoying the Outdoors, Making America Better

July 15, 2003 - Thousands of senior citizens have discovered how to enjoy nature, contribute to making the country better and, sometimes, reduce their vacation costs. How? By volunteering to help the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manage hundreds of lakes and outdoor projects. Click 7/15/03*

Travel More and Better Than You Ever Dreamed With Elite Group Receiving Special Perks

Every industry has an elite group that receives special perks and privileges.  In the travel industry these insiders are travel agents.  "As a travel insider, you can take advantage of the benefits, which only professional travel agents previously enjoyed," says Georgia Nunn , a Travel Agent with InteleTravel 2000. Click to story 4/5/2*

Attention Tourists: Britain is Open for Business

June 29, 2001 -- On the eve of what would have been Princess Diana's 40th birthday, her brother, Earl Spencer makes an appeal to tourists who have avoided Britain because of concerns about foot-and-mouth not to rule out the country as a holiday destination.  click to view RealPlayer video

Seniors (62 & up) Can Get Free Pass to National ParksField Offices

With summer approaching, millions of seniors are beginning to think about getting outdoors. Visiting a national park is a popular choice and one reason is that those 62 or over can get in free with a Golden Age Passport...and get 50% off other fees. Click for story * 3/26/01

> Best Inns Offers Online Specials 11/16/00*

Best Guest Silver edition for seniors age 50 or older  offers a 10 percent discount along with the 10th night free.

> Older Americans Like Heritage Tours 8/24/00*

The U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC) heralds the boom in cultural heritage tourism as a prime force behind emerging "endless summer" travel trends and say older Americans are leading the charge.

> Getting Discounts on Airlines 4/11/00