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If you've always wanted to tour Italy behind the wheel of a vintage Alfa Romeo, Lancia or Fiat, start saving  now for a 2009 trip (some prices exceed $10,000.) with the tour company Italy by Vintage Car. www.italybyvintagecar.com
Physically Challenged Senior: Airport Wheelchair PDF Print E-mail

As you become a very seasoned senior, it’s inevitable that your physical condition will require assistance when you travel.

Gone will be those days of running through airports to get from sidewalk to board your flight. Even if you can still walk unaided, the distances will become just too much to handle on foot. You’ll then opt to use a wheelchair to help getting to and from your flights in comfort and on schedule.  

When you’ll need that wheelchair on your travels, here are suggestions on how to make your air journey more comfortable and less troublesome.

Book In Advance: Schedule a wheelchair to be at the airport entrance when you arrive for your flight. An employee then takes over and makes sure you get to security. Even when the area is crowded, your wheelchair may get you through the departing flight gate with priority boarding. 

Home & Away Summer Volunteer Opportunities PDF Print E-mail

Lifetimes of business, social, teaching and other skills make seniors valuable and welcome helpers in efforts to make communities better for all citizens. Here are a few examples to consider for the coming season:

Senior Corps (seniorcorps.gov): Among its services, the volunteer program includes Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions and RSVP (Retired Seniors Volunteer Programs). A local example is the Los Angeles branch of  the Senior Corps (volunteerlosangeles.org/programs/seniorcorps). Assignments include driving the elderly to medical appointments and for grocery shopping.

Meals on Wheels (mowaa.org): There are 5,000 branches throughout the U.S. Volunteers with cars deliver nutritious food to seniors in community centers and individual homes. For those who can’t pay, the meals are free. For others, the charge is between $2 and $7 per meal.

An example is Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels (chestnuthillmow). Its 50 volunteers deliver meals to areas in North Philadelphia, Germantown and the surrounding communities. The fresh-coooked meals are delivered daily on weekdays for a fee of $35 a week.

How To Survive A 3,000-Mile Cross Country Drive PDF Print E-mail

Guest Senior Scribbler: We recently drove from Princeton to Los Angeles, with two senior drivers sharing. We did the 2,700 miles in 60 hours, via I-40, I-70 and I-66, a fair accomplishment for age 70+ roadies. Here are some tips that may help other seniors who may decide to give it a go.

Common Sense: For many, those words are all they need.  We drove in four-hour shifts each, and used the back seat for stretching out when not at the wheel. No matter how awake you feel or how you want to keep on schedule, drivers, especially seniors, regular rest breaks and naps on long road treks are vital.

Detroit MI: Explore The Motor City & Its History PDF Print E-mail

As a travel destination for senior travelers, Detroit is often underrated and overlooked. Compared to other big cities, hotel rooms are reasonable, along with economic meals, car rentals and other travel expenses.

Where To Stay: For a bit of Vegas life, there’s the MGM Grand Casino Hotel in downtown Detroit. It offers luxurious city-view suites, and is near the Tigers' Comerica Park. MGM Grand Detroit, 1777 3rd St., Detroit, MI 48226, mgmgranddetroit.com

Philadelphia PA: Enjoy Philly Beer Week PDF Print E-mail

From Friday, May 29 to Sunday, June 7, Philly’s celebration of suds incorporates more than 20 area breweries. Various programs are held at the city’s restaurants, pubs, tap houses and beer gardens.

Philly Beer Week features such impressive events as the Opening Tap, the Hammer of Glory Relay, beer tastings and pairings, a Beer Garden Series, the Throwdown in Franklintown and the Firkin Riot.

This year’s special suds event is the Rocky Relay Run. Participants dressed as Sylvester Stallone’s character and others from the movie series will dash up the famous Philadelphia Museum of Art steps. Other events include a Beer Oyster Cult celebration and Street Pub by Deschutes Brewery. www.phillybeerweek.org


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