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Old Jan 5, 18, 7:30 am
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mules
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
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My mother is 80 and loves to travel. However, I do not let her travel alone anymore. She is not as quick at finding which way to go in the airport, cannot lift her bag off the carousel, and no longer wants to use an escalator. Needless to say, driving a rental car in a strange city is now my job.

She occasionally needs to use a cane. I ask her to carry it all the time as a visual clue to other people to cut her a little slack and to be careful when walking past her.
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One thing that has given me more confidence when traveling with her is the fact that she works out at the local senior center at least 3 times a week. There has been a large improvement in her sense of balance, walking gait, and stamina. The instructors there are specialists in exercise for older folks and how to adapt the routine for different limitations.
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