Safety First on Senior Junkets
Staying active, going new places, enjoying the camaraderie
of your friends—it’s great. But if you’re going on an organized tour for
seniors, make sure you take some precautions in terms of your health and safety.
people are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Use common sense when
it’s hot. Stay out of the mid-day sun. Drink plenty of water. Eat plenty
of fruits and vegetables. Limit alcohol. Try to spend at least a few hours
per day in air conditioning. (For more information about heat-related
illnesses and how to prevent them, be sure to read the July/August
issue of our Senior Health E-Magazine.
your doctor about the kind of trip you’re going on. Explain what your
itinerary will be, if at all possible. There may be some things you should
be aware of that your doctor can point out to you—especially if you have a
your health insurance plan to find out what you should do if you need
medical care while you’re away.
sure the food and water you consume are safe. Seniors are more susceptible
to bacterial illnesses from food. Meat should be well cooked, for example.
If you have any doubts about any foods—say, for example, you get the
feeling that a particular restaurant doesn’t seem very clean—listen to
your instincts and avoid eating there.
check to make sure you’ve packed all the medicine you need. And if
you’re going to be in the heat, find out whether temperature affects the
drugs you take. It’s also helpful to think of a system that will help you
remember to take your meds, because that’s one thing that’s easy to
forget when you’re not on your regular routine.
walking is difficult for you, be sure to find out in advance how much of it
you’ll be doing on your trip. Many trips that are organized for seniors
take that sort of thing into account, but you can never be too sure.
Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention; Institute on Aging.