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Old 03-23-2013, 08:38 PM
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My mom is 83. My sil got her a ticket to fly to NJ in June for her 84 th bday. Problem is every time I plan on something for my Mom, she thinks she is sick before we do it, and cancels it. This ticket is non refundable. She has to go. For years she has talked about going to see her family.

Have you had to deal with this? If so, what have you done to overcome this?

I can't go. She is good about flying by here self, once I get her on the plane. Any idea's?

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Is there elderly assistance just like child assistance for the airline she's flying with? I'd check and see

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When I was young, I joined the military. I never traveled outside the city before, my military advisor
at my unit told me I could call the airline and request special assistance for first time flyers. The airline reps met me at the check in, gates, etc. when I had to switch planes, they met me at my gate with a golf cart thingy to transport me to the correct gates so I would not get lost.
with all the cuts in airline services, add ons of fees, I am not sure if special assistance is still offered,
but you could always ask if they offer assistance/ special assistance to the elderly. It would be a way of making sure your loved one gets to her destination safely.
My grandma would get sick when she had to travel - could have been a nervous condition, car sick or vertigo. Then there was the theory she didnt like going outside of her house. We tried to convince Grandma to seek her physcian's advice, but Grandma said it was vertigo/ car sickness.
Perhaps talk with Mom about the trip and how excited yr Mom must feel about the prospect of going home to see her loved ones again - how wonderful it must be for her. See what her reaction is and if she really wants to take the trip... and if she is healthy enough to embark on an adventure such as flying on a airplane by herself. Your concern shows your good heart and love for your mother, and I hope everything works out.

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Does she know about the trip? If not perhaps you don't tell her until the day of her flight so she won't get sick.


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Is there elderly assistance just like child assistance for the airline she's flying with? I'd check and see
Yes they offer wheel chair asst. that really helps. She cant walk that far, 2 broken hips she needs help on the long haul.

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Does she know about the trip? If not perhaps you don't tell her until the day of her flight so she won't get sick.
That's a good idea. I did have to tell her since this is a non refundable trip. If she doesn't go, she don't go. Normally I book a trip and re book the trip for her. This is on miles. No changes here. I'm thinking if I go get her a few days early she won't get the vertigo. That's what she calls it when she gets uncomfortable with what is happening. I thought if I go grit her a few days before she will be happy to leave, since I have two little ones living with me. Maybe just the kids will push her to take the flight. When she has time to think about the change she makes her self sick. Does that make sense?

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