Recommendations for Older adults While Traveling:
Being older is not an impediment to undertake a trip. It is true that they must take a little more precautions and proper planning as any other trip that has been made. Taking a trip always brings with it prior stress, during and after the event. It should be taken into account that if we go to abroad the procedures will take a certain time, leaving their home many times to older adults it costs a little more work and the concerns are greater.The risks that may arise on a trip are the same as those presented at any age (destination, transport, type of trip), adding complications and diseases that older adults usually have.Here we are giving some recommendations that seniors should take into account to prevent any unforeseen events during their trip. Obtain a BCBS medicare advantage plan for 2019 to take traveling.
- Find out about the visited destination (climate, height). Mountain sickness occurs frequently in older adults.
- Choose preferably flights under 6 hours, if flights are made with the connection is recommended a long time between flights.
- Do not carry things in your hands that impede mobility or holding on.
- It is important to have a seat reservation. It is recommended that it be the aisle seat so that the passenger can stop to stretch their legs.
- Arrive in advance to the airport so that the paperwork can be done in a timely manner.
- It is very important to make a visit to the doctor before the trip, people with obesity, varicose veins or who have suffered some type of thrombosis among other diseases is necessary with a medical prescription to consume anticoagulants that help in the flight to an artery or vein can cover up.
- Take a lot of water during the journey avoid dehydration. If you are medicating avoid taking substances with alcohol.
- If the passenger needs to use oxygen during the flight due to respiratory diseases, the airline must contact the airline 72 hours before the flight to make the corresponding arrangements.
- In the destination, be careful with the meals you eat, traveler’s diarrhea is usually more severe in older adults. It is important to drink bottled water to avoid dehydration.
- Have a personal kit that contains anti-diarrheal and antibiotics in addition to the antiseptics and painkillers of rigor, if you have another type of disease that requires another medication should always be necessary to consult your doctor prior to travel.