Traveling as an older adult

Summer is here, and the travel and hospitality industries are reporting record numbers of vacation reservations. Many families are reuniting after time apart and traveling together to vacation destinations to spend quality time together and have some fun. There are several things to consider when traveling as an older adult. Even if you are only traveling a short distance from home, it is important to plan for all healthcare needs. Talk to your healthcare provider and discuss any necessary precautions. As Americans begin traveling abroad once again, visit the CDC Travelers’ Health website to learn what measures may be required. 

Changing time zones?

Visiting a different time zone can make for a confusing medication dosing schedule; ask your doctor whether you should take your medications in your home time zone, or if it is ok to switch to the local time zone. Be sure to make a list of all prescriptions and the Rx regimen, including over the counter and supplements so that you know the amount of each medication you need to take with you on your trip. It is a good idea to keep medications in their original containers with labels. If flying, pack your medications in a carry-on bag to avoid loss. In addition, have your healthcare providers’ contact information in writing for emergency purposes.

Avoiding DVT

Sitting for a long time, whether on a plane or in an automobile can contribute to DVT (deep-vein thrombosis). Taking frequent breaks to walk during a long ride can help protect you from developing DVT. Hydration is also very important! Travelers of ALL ages need to drink plenty of water when traveling, especially when going by plane. And of course, wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer frequently while on your journey.

Safe travel for people with dementia

Getaways can be especially stressful for caregivers who are traveling with a loved one diagnosed with dementia. People living with dementia thrive in familiar environments and routines; new surroundings can prove to be quite overwhelming…. but it is possible to enjoy a safe getaway.  Try to keep surroundings as familiar as possible by bringing some items from home such as a favorite blanket or pillow. Keep things simple by not scheduling too many activities during your time away. Consider having your loved one wear an identification bracelet, in the event that he/she wanders off.  The Alzheimer’s Association has many tips for enjoying a calm traveling experience.

It’s fun to explore new places with the ones we love. The team at Hurley Elder Care Law wishes you all Happy Trails!

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