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Fill your Bucket List AAA Travel Agents can help travelers book the vacations of their dreams Special to The Weekly Vista Few people have bottomless bank accounts and endless vacation days, but that doesn't mean your travel bucket list needs to stay just that — a list. AAA Travel can help you reach your dream destinations and save in the process. AAA Travel Agents in the Bentonville office work with cruise lines, hotels and tour operators every day and often have access to special rates and added benefits. They can provide information on special savings — for example when a cruise line is offering extra incentives, or promotions for kids to stay free. "With a little planning and help from AAA, many bucket list destinations are within reach for travelers, including river cruises, rail journeys, European adventures and all-inclusive resorts," said AAA Travel Agent Elizabeth Wilson. "We strive to help travelers find amazing trips that can fit their budgets." The importance of using a travel agent can't be understated, she added. Because of its size and partnerships with preferred vendors, AAA has access to benefits and savings that travelers can't obtain on their own. What's more, Wilson has been to many of the locations that travelers want to go, so she has firsthand experience. "It gives travelers peace of mind knowing their best interests are always our priority, and they get the most up-to-date information on how to get the best value for their travel investment," she said. While many people get frustrated and confused trying to book their trips online, AAA Travel Agents have the expertise to research a destination and put all the components together to create a complete itinerary. They stay abreast of all the changes and developments in the industry. "You should always travel with someone you trust, and you can trust AAA," Wilson added. "Don't let another year slip away without taking a trip." The Bentonville AAA office is at 1501 SE Walton Blvd. At the office, travelers can make cruise and tour reservations, book luxury travel, purchase airline tickets, reserve hotel rooms and more. To plan your next trip, visit the office or call (479) 254-9223. The office is open weekdays from 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. AAA is North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization with 59 million members. SENIOR Health Fair - September 26, 2018 - 21 Rocky Mountaineer rail adventures showcase the wild beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Princess Cruises offers a variety of land and sea adventures in Alaska. e AmaDolce river cruise ship, seen here cruising in Passau, Germany, features luxurious staterooms, award-winning cuisine and outstanding service. Isolation a concern for seniors' families Metro Creative Feelings of loneliness and isolation are common among the senior popu- lation. This is due, in part, to the large percentage of seniors who end up living alone later in life. U.S. Census Bureau information from 2010 indicated around 28 percent of people ages 65 and older lived alone at the time the data was collected. As people get older, their likelihood of living alone only increases, as many have fewer family members or friends around to provide company and care. Despite the large numbers of Baby Boomers living throughout North America, senior isolation is still a concern. Accord- ing to the senior housing resource A Place for Mom, the following situations can result from senior isolation. · Studies from the National Center on Elder Abuse show a connection between social isolation and higher rates of elder abuse. · Feelings of loneliness can be linked to poor cognitive performance. · Loneliness is associated with more depressive symptoms among seniors. · A 2010 study published in Psychology and Aging indicated a direct rela- tionship between loneliness in older adults and increases in systolic blood pressure over a four-year period. Visiting with seniors and promoting social connections can help them avoid feelings of isolation. Feelings of loneliness are common among seniors

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