Ask Goldie - September 2010

By Goldie Carlow

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Dear Goldie:

I am an 80-year-old widow in good health living independently. I walk every morning, attend yoga weekly and enjoy community volunteer work. Recently, I’ve decided to travel again. I did a lot of travelling in my 70s, but now my son and daughter-in-law are opposed to me travelling alone.

What do you think?


Dear O.W:

I am happy to hear you are in good health and able to travel. You are also fortunate to have family who are concerned about your welfare. Perhaps you could find a travel companion among the volunteers with whom you work.

Some reliable travel agencies cater to seniors and will find a companion, if you wish to share accommodation and cost. I suggest you get in touch with such a company so your family will not worry about your safety.

Happy Travelling!


Dear Goldie:

For so many years while I was working, I dreamed about retirement and travel. Unfortunately, my wife died soon after I finished work. My children are married and busy with their own families, so we do not see each other frequently.

Most of my friends, also retired, are away on trips most of the year. I really feel my life is dull and uninteresting. Can you suggest some way for me to spice it up and find new interests?


Dear N.D:

I am sorry you lost your wife before you could enjoy your retirement together.

We cannot plan all life events, but we do need to plan and initiate new beginnings, if we want situations to improve. It is important to make new friends as well. Some of my clients have met people after church at a coffee hour. Others met at swimming or walking groups and social afternoons playing cards. Senior centres and the daily newspaper can direct you. There are also senior groups who meet and walk in the malls before the shops open.

If you are not able to make a change, perhaps an appointment with your medical doctor is needed.



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