10 Safety Tips for Senior Travelers

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6) Tips for Flying

Long-haul flights can be challenging for any traveler, but for seniors they can pose real health risks. Most people know about DVT (deep vein thrombosis), a serious, life-threatening condition that is caused by blood clots in the legs that can travel up to the heart and brain. If you are overweight or suffer from coronary heart disease, DVT can occur on long flights, so you should speak to your doctor about taking a blood thinner before you fly. It’s good advice for all travelers to avoid sitting still or with crossed legs for extended periods of time, and to try to walk around and stretch your legs regularly. It’s also imperative that you stay hydrated during long flights and keep caffeinated and alcoholic drinks to a minimum. When planning your flight, make full use of airport services that can make your trip a more pleasant one. Check your bag as soon as possible, request an electric cart to your gate or between connecting flights if you can’t walk quickly, and reserve seats with extra leg room so you can stretch out.

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