Senior Travel: Safe Airline Travel For Seniors

Sign trip. Illustration of a group of suitcases and a plane tickMany of the younger generation are excited to get out and explore everything the world has to offer. They take in the sights, bask in foreign cultures and enjoy an opportunity to travel. However, with air travel being as common as it is today, more people than ever are experiencing places that many seniors never dreamed of having an chance to see. Of course, seniors should certainly have an opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of retirement and spend some time seeing other parts of the world. In fact, it’s a great idea for everyone to take advantage of the freedom they have and explore a far off land.

It is definitely understandable that many seniors are reluctant to fly. After all, it can be scary flying if it is something you have never experienced before; of course, even the thought of taking a trip that is longer than normal can be distressing. However, you should not let these uneasy feelings keep you from experiencing the joys of travel. Airplanes are extremely safe and they have very thorough checks designed to ensure that every available safety measure is met. In fact, flying can actually be an enjoyable experience. The important thing is to make sure that you have made all of your arrangements before arriving at the airport, then you can sit back and relax.

Important Tips For Safe Airline Travel

Seniors should consider a checkup with their physician prior to booking an airline flight, then have another checkup just before traveling. This is the best way to make sure that you are healthy enough to travel and that you do not encounter any unforeseen health issues while on your trip. Your checkup, at a minimum, should include an eye exam, blood pressure check and a discussion about any medical problems you might be experiencing. It is also important to discuss any medications you will be taking prior to your flight.

There are some drugs which can increase the likelihood of developing blood clots or deep vein thrombosis, as it is also called. Your doctor will have important advice regarding precautions and risks associated with certain types of medications. Additionally, your doctor will be able to provide the best schedule for medications, taking into account the new time zone you will be traveling to, so that your medications continue to be taken in the dosages and time-frame your doctor has ordered. You will definitely want to pack your medications with the items you will carry onboard with you. In fact, always carry at least three or four days worth of medications with you, just in case your checked baggage gets lost or delayed.Never even consider getting on a flight with only enough medicine to get you through until you reach your destination. Similarly, if you have asthma, are diabetic or epileptic, you should always have your medications onboard with you when you fly. You never know if you might need it, but you should also notify the airlines a few days before traveling so that they will be aware of the fact that you will be traveling with medications.

Revisiting the issue of deep vein thrombosis, this condition can be much more common in seniors and it is important that they take precautions to prevent this serious condition from occurring. First of all, purchase a pair of flight stockings. These flight stockings are specially designed socks that are similar to surgical stockings. They are intended to be tight so that blood flow is stimulated and should reach to just above the knee; however, for seniors, it is recommended that they wear them at least to mid-thigh.

When on your flight, it is important that you get up at least every hour. You can walk around the cabin a few times or make a trip to one of the bathrooms. This walking about will help encourage proper blood flow and prevent dangerous blood clots from occurring. However, if it is not possible to get up and move about, there are some simple exercises that can be done right in your seat. For example, every twenty minutes you can cycle your feet and try to pull your knees as close to your chest as you can, do this ten or twenty times. Again, the movement will help prevent blood clots by encouraging good blood flow, whether you do it for only a couple of minutes or 10 minutes every hour. The movement is crucial.

It is certainly clear that flying as a senior can require a little advanced planning. It might not be as easy as just booking your flight and showing up at the airport. There are preparations that must be taken care of prior to actually getting on your flight. Seniors face real hazards when flying, but with some basic precautions they do not have to give up the adventure of travel. If you prepare in advance, chances are very good you will not encounter any problems.

About Susan Day

Susan Day is a mother to two beautiful daughters and a grandmother to one adorable five year old boy. She is determined to live an active, happy life well beyond here current 70 years of age!