An international survey recently found that the over 50s are more likely to travel than any other age group.
An increase in leisure time together with decrease in work and family commitments means that the over 50s have time to travel more frequently and to further away destinations.
Pay Attention to DVT
DVT is short for ‘Deep Vein Thrombosis’, a condition that can potentially cause a life-threatening blood clot (thrombus) in a deep vein, predominantly in the legs, thighs, and pelvis. People of all ages could experience DVT, however, it is more common in the over 50s and thought to impact the lives of over 2 million Americans every year. The biggest contributor leading to DVT is lack of movement such as one caused by sitting down on long flights. There are a number of actions you can take to reduce your chances of experiencing DVT:
- Practice simple calf and leg exercises while sitting
- Stay hydrated as dehydration can increase the concentration of clotting factors in the blood
- Stretch your legs every 45min by walking the flight deck when permitted
- Avoid drinking alcohol
- Hearing Aids On Flights
Over 35 million Americans are thought to present the symptoms of hearing loss, of which the biggest cause is age-related. From a person’s late 40s, tiny hair-like structures within the inner air naturally damage or die. This leads to an inability to hear certain frequencies, as the hair cells cannot regrow. By far the most common method to overcome this sensory impairment is to wear a hearing aid. There are a number of useful tips you should pay attention to when boarding a flight while wearing hearing aids:
You may be tempted to remove the device during security screening, however, keep it in as it will help you communicate with airport staff
Unless the manufacturer stated otherwise, you can keep the device switched on during the entire flight including landing and takeoff as it is not considered a personal electronic device (unless it features an FM system)
- Inform the cabin crew that you are hearing impaired in case of emergency
- Retain a new set of hearing aid batteries in your hand and checked-in luggage
- You may decide to reduce the amplification level to reduce background noises
- Taking Medication On Flights
As we grow older, our dependency on modern medication to retain a high quality of life increases. Taking most forms of prescribed medication should not limit your travel, however, in light of the heightened security checks at airports you should take certain actions.
Your medication should be in its original packaging, pharmaceutically packed to clearly identify it as being prescribed for and belonging to you
If you carry any form of prescribed medication not in its original packaging, you must carry your prescription with you to prove its contents
Retain enough medication in your hand luggage to accommodate connections and delays. Some airlines recommend retaining doses enough for two days
Medically required liquids such as medications are allowed in excess of 3.4 ounces. Items in excess of 3.4 ounces will receive additional screening and in such cases, you should prepare to arrive at the airport earlier than instructed.
We hope you found our flight travel tips for the over 50s useful.
Written for Impowerage by European French villa holiday company Affair Travel. Affair Travel is an ABTA / ATOL protected travel company.aying an instrument in the comment section below!