Many people look forward to traveling during their retirement, but COVID-19 has made it more difficult for all of us, especially older adults. For months, seniors have had limited visits with family and friends and have not been able to take part in many of the activities they enjoy, especially travel.
Just as technology has been a tool to help your residents virtually visit with friends and family, it can also be used to help them travel the world from the safety of your community. With armchair travel, your older loved one can feel like they're experiencing the wonders of the world without hopping on a plane or even leaving their own living space.
What Is Armchair Travel?
Armchair travel allows people to virtually visit museums, landmarks and distant cities. It’s a sensory experience that helps people learn about new places and key historical events in an engaging way.
Armchair Travel Destinations
- Museums around the world (as part of the Google Arts & Culture project)
- 31 national parks via Google Earth
- UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Taj Mahal
- Seychelles Islands
- And anywhere else the internet can take you
How to Set Up an Armchair Travel Activity for Seniors
Videos and interactive experiences range in length, but, to start, look for one between 20 and 60 minutes. Check for options in the following places:
- Your local library
- YouTube or other video-sharing sites
- Amazon or eBay
- Home-videos from friends or family
Armchair travel is a safe way for your older loved one to experience more of the world, and it’s an excellent activity to bring to residents. CarePatrol is always here to help. Call us anytime at 866-560-5656.