Older people travelling should plan carefully to protect their health and safety while away. Here are a few helpful tips you might consider:
1.Find out about the medical facilities in the areas you will be visiting.
2.Research important factors such as climate, language and culture. Buy a guide book and read it
before you go.
3.Make arrangement for wheelchairs, guide dogs and seating needs well in advance.
4.Organize travel insurance with pre=existing illness cover if needed.
5.If you are concerned about your health, arrange to go on a package tour.
6.Consult with your doctor for a complete medical check-up.
7.Discuss dietary changes and possible impact of different eating habits with your doctor.
8.Make sure you are fully vaccinated.
9.Visit your dentist for a check-up.
10.Ask your travel agent if they specialize in accommodating needs of traveling seniors.
Take enough regular medications with you to last the entire trip. Some drugs may not be available overseas. Obtain a written and signed note from your doctor detailing the prescribed medications you are taking with you. If you are taking over the counter medications, have your doctor add these to your prescribed medications Also, wear a medical alert bracelet or pendant that contains your medical details. BON VOYAGE! This information was provided by the BetterHealthChannelwww.gov.au/