Many Older Americans Plan to Take Long Trips Soon, But May Alter Plans if COVID Spikes at Their Destination

November 17, 2021

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Many older Americans plan to take long trips soon, and most say they’ll take steps to anticipate medical needs while away for two weeks or more. The new data come from a report from the National Poll on Healthy Aging, focusing on adults age 50 to 80 who have recently taken or plan to take trips of two weeks or more, 100 miles or more from home. While nearly all (97%) older adults planning a long trip said they’d make sure to bring enough of their prescription medications with them, and most (88%) said they would make sure to bring enough medical supplies, far fewer said they’d take other steps. Moreover, older adults who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 were much less likely to say they would consider COVID-driven changes to their travel plans, though they are less protected from serious illness than most vaccinated older adults.
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