Road trips with older parents can help adult children and sometimes their own kids learn about what shaped their folks, and themselves. Or just help catch up on the present day.

Illustration of Older Adults Packing a car for a family-trip

(Blair Thornley / For The Times)

For the last four summers, 85-year-old Patty Fleming has clambered into a silver Buick Regal with her three 50-something daughters and hit the interstate for a weeklong vacation.

“OK, girls,” she says when the chatter gets too frenetic, “I’m turning off my hearing aid. You can talk about me as much as you want.” Then she settles down with a book. After she rests a while, she announces, “Stop talking about me now,” and turns the hearing aid back on, says Pam Rimar, her youngest daughter.

“We have a great time. Husbands and kids stay home, we all catch up, and we have lots of one-on-one time with Mom,” says Rimar, an Irvine resident. “We have fun, and so does she.” continue reading>>

Source: Los Angeles Times
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(Blair Thornley / For The Times)

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