Posted 5:01 PM 4/17/2012 : Senior Style: Travel tips and advice for seniors
TUCSON - Many of us are fortunate to be planning an upcoming vacation. Are there details you should consider if you are an older adult or perhaps traveling with an older adult? The U.S. Travel Association indicated that 36 percent of all leisure travelers are those 58 years of age and older taking more than 4 leisure trips each year; this represents a large portion of today's travelers.
Today on Senior Style, our senior living contributor Gale Morgan stopped by with some important advice for seniors planning to travel.
Below is information from her discussion with Allison:
Older adults generally defined at 55 and better represent a large portion of business and personal travelers. You may wonder if there are certain things someone in this group should do prior to a trip?
During planning and prior to departure:
Cornell University's Center for Aging and Research breaks it down it really well:
Important things to consider during the travel
In the States, academic medical centers (if one is nearby) are a good source of care when you do not know the local medical community. If you get sick while abroad, the U.S. consulate or embassy is a good place to think about getting a referral. If you have a particular medical problem and plan to be away for more than a week or two, ask your doctor about a referral to an appropriate specialist in that area.
Should older adults consider things like travel insurance, supplemental insurance...?
Travel insurance may be considered, especially if you've invested in an expensive trip and have some medical problems that could cause a last minute change of plans, it's a good investment. Talk to your travel agent about this.
And supplemental health insurance could be helpful if you travel abroad. In general, Medicare does not pay for medical services outside the U.S. Many supplemental policies offer this coverage. Consider buying one, if only temporarily, if your plan to be away for more than a short period.
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