How Seniors Can Safely Travel This Summer
And, why not?
The weather is nice, and there is so much to do, with grandkids being out of school, festivals going on and the weather being so nice.
However, there are some specific health factors and risks that seniors need to take into consideration when traveling during this time of year.
If you are a senior with travel plans this summer, here are some suggestions on how to stay in good condition during your adventures.
Summer Travel Safety Tips for Seniors
Know Where the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is Located
Many seniors have a history of heart complications.
If you fall into this category and are traveling with others this summer, make sure all parties know where AEDs can be located and how to use them in case of an emergency.
AEDs can be a lifesaver, and can prevent a summer excursion from ending in tragedy.
They are simple to operate, since the machine tells you what to do, and most stores and public buildings have them.
Move Around During Long Trips
One thing that you should try to do is keep moving. Walking around as you travel will help to prevent the formation of Deep Vein Thromboses (DVTs), which are blood clots that form in your legs due to lack of movement.
If you are traveling for long stretches, be sure and stand up and stretch any opportunity you get, and between flights take a little stroll around the airport.
A DVT can evolve into a serious, life-threatening condition. Make sure that you are active every couple of hours while traveling this summer to avoid this issue.
Dehydration can become a very serious condition when traveling in the summer heat, so make sure that you carry a bottle of water with you or drink regularly during travel breaks.
Seniors are especially vulnerable in both winter and summer weather, so drink water as you travel to prevent dehydration and heat stroke, and be aware of the symptoms of dehydration.
Confirm that Hotel Accommodations are Accessible to Seniors
If you are a senior that has difficulty with stairs, make sure that the hotels you choose for summer travel are suitable for your needs.
A fall down the stairs can lead to serious injuries, so try to get information on hotel amenities ahead of time while traveling this summer.
Take Extra Prescription Medication
It is not unusual for seniors to be on several prescription medications for varied conditions. If this applies to you, make sure to carry extra medication in your carry-on luggage in case your checked bags are lost while traveling this summer, or something arises that you need to stay longer than you had planned.
Also, it is a good idea to keep a copy of your prescriptions, including eye glass prescription.
Take a Multivitamin
Depending on what your funds are and where you’re staying, you may or may not be able to consume high nutrient-dense food during your travels.
If this is the case, take a multivitamin each day so that you have the necessary nutrition to avoid illness.
Get Plenty of Sleep
When traveling this summer, make sure to get a plenty of restful sleep.
This will help to prevent sickness and will allow you to fully enjoy your summer trip during waking hours.
Carry Medical Information and Identification on Your Person
An important thing you can do for your health while traveling this summer is carry medical information and identification in an easily accessible place on your person.
This should include a driver’s license, emergency contacts, information about medical conditions and allergies, and anything else you would consider relevant in this regard.
If you were to have a sudden health problem, this would help identify you and provide a quick medical summary to relevant personnel.
If you live in a Retirement community, check with the nursing staff, they should have a one page paper with all this relevant information that they can give you.
Don’t Overexert Yourself
Prevention is the best medicine, so if you’re feeling tired, fatigued, or short of breath, stop what you’re doing right away.
There’s no reason to work yourself into a problem while traveling this summer, so just be aware of how you’re feeling and pay attention to your body.
Wash Your Hands
Although it is a very basic task, washing your hands frequently can go a long way in preventing you from getting sick while traveling this summer.
If you are frequenting public places and staying in hotels, you are coming into contact with a lot of communicable germs.
Washing your hands can prevent you from succumbing to illness as you travel this summer.
You can also take along a bottle of hand sanitizer for the times that water and soap is not available.
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