Assistance sought for elderly solo traveler

Jan 24th, 2009, 08:35 PM
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I had the same experience; the wheelchair help was wonderful, especially the time we arrived at JFK from Paris. The wheelchair attendant handled all our luggage in addition to getting me where we needed to go and telling my husband how to meet up with us.

Ditto for the folks at CDG, who do not seem to expect tips. At Frankfurt my attendant only accepted a modest tip when I pointed out that it was the Christmas season.
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Feb 13th, 2009, 02:17 AM
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Just want to follow-up to let you all know that my step-father made it to Florida yesterday without incident. One of his sisters picked him up from the airport; another sister (one who travels frequently) will fly back with him at least as far as Atlanta where they'll part ways.

I want to thank you all, again, for your thoughts and suggestions--your input proved most useful and is very much appreciated.
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Feb 13th, 2009, 03:50 AM
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Thanks for reporting back (a lot of people don't) and nice to hear that things went smoothly.
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Feb 13th, 2009, 12:31 PM
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But what about the octopus? Did it make it safely to Florida?
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Feb 13th, 2009, 02:08 PM
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yes, please - inquiring minds want to know about the octopus!
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Feb 14th, 2009, 02:52 AM
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Oh, how funny, forgot about the octopus...thankfully, it remained home in the freezer. He agreed his stress level was high enough without having to worry about the octopus thawing in the event of delay, etc., ...although, knowing him, if he had had lemon with him he probably would have eaten it anyway.
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Mar 3rd, 2009, 10:36 AM
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Followed your comments regarding traveling challenges of the elderly. I'm helping a lady friend who's 48 (kids on their own) and travels with elderly singles and couples. She can be a portal-to-portal assistant, or organize the whole trip and make it happen. For the moment both she and I are in Europe. She's in Rome; I'm in Copenhagen. Her assistant work is currently around Europe, but she's interested in inter-continental travel. In time both of us will be returning to the US to live and she just loves doing this work and will take it up in North America. In the interim, may I ask if you have suggestions as to other travel services (like Fodor's) she/we might network with? Do you have suggestions we can follow up on? Do you know of persons/groups that might want to travel internationally (from the US so that she can start to develop US networks) that my friend might assist? Thanks & Regards - Lloyd
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Mar 4th, 2009, 03:38 PM
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Hi Loyd,

I often visit Fodor's seeking advice more often that giving it so if I were you I would create a new post, for all to see, seeking the information you request. There are a lot of posters on this board, far more knowledgeable than I, who may be able to help you. Best wishes.
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Mar 4th, 2009, 04:57 PM
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What a great service - and a great way to travel.

however, advertising (one's services, or company) on this board is prohibited.
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