Travel Tips for Older Adults

Posted:August 16, 2017

Summertime is one of the most popular vacation seasons, whether you are headed down the shore for the week or boarding a cruise ship to the Caribbean, it is always important to put your health first.

Tip #1: Make sure to research and plan ahead of time. If you need handicap accessibility, make sure that the airlines, cars and hotels you’re using can accommodate those needs. Additionally, you should make multiple copies of ID’s, insurance cards, Medicare cards and bring your passport! ALWAYS double or triple check your documentation!

Tip #2: Make sure all of your vaccinations are up to date. If traveling overseas, give yourself ample amount of time to research and schedule your vaccination visits. For information regarding what vaccinations you should be aware of, visit the CDC (Center for Disease Control) website. Medicare Part D covers preventive vaccinations other than the flu, pneumonia and hepatitis B vaccines. Medicare Part B covers those three preventative shots, in addition to vaccinations related to the treatment of an illness or injury. 

Tip #3: Watch what you eat. Older adults tend to experience more sensitive stomachs, some because of the medications they are on, and some just because of age. Make sure to keep a balanced diet, keep in mind when it comes to any new or foreign meals, and drink plenty of water wherever you are traveling to.

Tip #4:  Let your doctors and family know where you are traveling if going solo. It is important to have contacts back home in case of emergencies, especially when it comes to your medications!

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