3) Prepare for Dietary Needs
As with managing medications, it’s not only seniors that have certain dietary needs. Many younger people have allergies or intolerances to certain foods, but for older people it can be a lot more difficult to bounce back after a bad reaction. Similarly “travelers’ diarrhea” or mild food poisoning is very common among people trying new foods in exotic locales. But for older people, a bought of gastric distress can take a long time to get over. That’s not to say you should limit your experience of local food and culture, just that you need to be extra clear about what you can and cannot eat wherever you go. Again, if you don’t speak the native language, try to get a translation of your particular allergies, intolerances, or even just preferences. Carry a piece of paper that says “I am allergic to gluten,” for example, and be sure to show it every time you order food to make sure there is no confusion. Your health is the most important thing and nothing spoils a trip faster than a case of stomach sickness.
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