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Tips for travel for the elderly


Consult your doctor if you need an extra prescription, ask about medication for dizziness in case you travel by boat and check vaccines are some of the suggestions. Learning new directions, being distracted and resting are good at any age. Therefore, going on a trip is one of the best medicines for the mind and body of the elderly.

What should people over 65 have in mind when traveling? Besides fate, peace of mind and safety are important. To enjoy the most of this vacation without problems, you must have everything organized including health related.

Here are some valuable tips for the preparations:

1. Ask your doctor what medications to take, the dose, the times and their generic equivalents. It is imperative to have a list of all prescription drugs, depending on your health condition, specifying the side effects they may cause.

2. Make a note with the full name, address and emergency telephone number of the general practitioner or specialist, as well as a close relative, who in turn has all the clinical information and that of your doctors. This will serve as a link for any management that has to be done.

3. In case of long trips: consult with your doctor if you need to have an extra prescription in case you need to buy medication, such as maintenance for pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, among others. Make sure you have enough medicine for the time you are going to be traveling and so do not interrupt your treatment.

4. If you have varicose or diabetes conditions, cardiovascular problems or have recently had surgery, share with your doctor the destination you will visit, the travel times you will be sitting, and ask what exercises you should do or what medications you can take; to avoid clots by being long immobile, flying, sailing or in a land transport.

5. Activate traveler’s insurance, if you do not have it, ask your travel agent what types of decks and in which destinations are available. In addition, before going on a trip orientate with your health insurer, what kind of cover you have in case of emergency or emergency outside the country.

6. Cruises are a good alternative, especially in large groups. Make sure you talk to your doctor about anti-dizziness medications and how they may have side effects with any other medications you are taking.

7. If you are diabetic and you use insulin: be sure to bring the supplies you need, the vials and the glucose monitor; remember the stockings and special shoes and above all always take care of your diet. Keep doing your exercises during your holidays, even if they are daily walks of 10 to 20 minutes.

8. If you have hypertension, remember to bring your blood pressure monitor and medications.

9. Consult with your doctor the vaccines you need to reinforce and if any special vaccine is recommended for the destination you travel to.

10. Pack clothing according to season and destination. Weather and temperature changes can cause flu that could affect your holiday and those of your family or friends.

In case you visit places in the winter, fall or spring seasons, be sure to wear coats, scarves, gloves, socks, comfortable and warm shoes; and medicines against colds, if necessary.

If you are on the coast, enjoy a good walk by the sea, explore the cities in your path, observe nature and make new friends, take relaxation classes offered in hotels or resorts.