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Travel Tips for Seniors

  • If you are traveling overseas, make sure your vaccinations are up to date. No matter what your destination, make sure that you’ve had a recent tetanus booster.
  • Talk to your doctor to see if you need medication in case of altitude sickness, travelers’ diarrhea, or motion sickness.
  • Consider travel insurance. Many health plans – including Medicare – won’t pay for services outside of the US, so review your coverage and supplement if necessary.
  • Drink plenty of pure water to ensure you stay hydrated – especially if you’ll be spending several hours in a plane or car.
  • If you’re crossing time zones, ask your doctor about the proper time to take your medications.
  • Keep medications in their original containers – and keep it with you in your carry-on bags. Bring extra medication – or an extra prescription – in case you get stranded.
  • Carry medication information on your person, so it will be easily found in case of emergency.
  • Get plenty of sleep. Remember that proper rest is vital to staying healthy, alert, and enjoying your vacation to the fullest.
 

A primary care physician (PCP) can help you prepare for a safe and healthy vacation. If you don't have a PCP, click here or call 800-216-5556 for a referral.

This article first appeared in the July 2013 edition of the HealthPerks newsletter.

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