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Traveling With The Elderly

By Erin Walker

Having mom and dad come visit can be a lot of fun, but it can be a complicated affair as they grow older. If you are able to accompany your parents as they travel, there are many things you can do to make them comfortable and keep them safe. The first, being to provide extra time for transportation. Due to frequent bathroom trips, rests, or a slow pace, traveling with the elderly can take more time than anticipated, and can even cause you to miss your flight.

Something that is absolutely crucial for the elderly is good circulation while traveling. Sitting for long periods of time on planes or in the airport can be detrimental to their health and lead to blot clots in their legs. Whenever possible, have your parents stand up and walk around. If they are stuck on the plane and cannot get out easily, have them pump their feet back and forth while exercising their arms and hands to help keep the blood circulating. Most of the longer flights will have a booklet, video, or live demonstration of some exercises that can be performed in the cramped seating arrangement.

While traveling, make sure the elderly are staying hydrated. It is easy for people to get dehydrated at airports since you can’t take water through security. The elderly are even more likely to get dehydrated and if they do, the effects could be far more harmful than if someone younger gets dehydrated. In order to keep their energy up and keep them healthy, make sure they always have plenty of water to drink.

One more thing that can be done is to pack any medications in both a carry on and check in luggage. The last thing you want is to be stuck in a plane with your parents unable to take some important medication. During long layovers, and while flying, check ins are impossible to access. Carry ons sometimes are also lost, and in some instances security checkpoints have been known to take certain pills away. When crossing through security, if possible, take any doctor prescriptions for pills. Most of the time there shouldn’t be any problem. It is still a good idea to carry medications in more than one place though.

These are just a few ways that traveling with the elderly can be made safer. Traveling is not the only thing that can be stressful or possibly dangerous to them however. The safety of their own home can be something that they worry about. Home security systems can be used to keep them safe. Unlike traveling through airports where many things must be done to keep them safe, when it comes to their house, there is one quick and simple way to take care of any safety issues they might have.

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Walker, Erin "Traveling With The Elderly." Traveling With The Elderly. 3 Jul. 2010. uberarticles.com. 4 Aug 2014 <http://uberarticles.com/home-and-family/elder-care/tips-on-flying-with-the-elderly/>.

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