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  • Holiday Season Traveling Tips for Seniors

    As the holiday season kicks into full swing, many people are beginning to travel out of town to visit relatives or 92226686 - checking trip details. full length of serious senior wife and husband are standing with suitcases at international airport and looking at flight tickets with concentration. copy space in left sidetake a winter vacation. Traveling can be exhausting, and as a senior citizen, it is a tremendous challenge. If you are a senior citizen making a long-distance trip, it is vital that you understand how to remain safe and healthy while traveling.

    Here are a few helpful tips  to prepare for a long-distance trip as a senior citizen:

    Visit Your Physician

    Before you make a long-distance trip, it is vital that you visit your primary care physician ahead of time. You need to make sure that you are healthy enough to travel and what method you should be using. (For example, some senior citizens that have severe cardiac issues aren’t safe traveling by plane) Your physician should make sure that you have all of the necessary vaccines as well, to protect you against potential diseases. You should also make sure you have an adequate supply of any medications you are currently taking. The last thing you want to do is run out of your heart meds on the second day of a weeklong vacation!

    Prepare Your Medications

    The majority of senior citizens have a decent amount of medications that they should be taking daily. If you are planning on traveling, it is important to make sure that you have completed prescriptions, so you don’t run out of pills during the trip. You should be taking your medications as directed, even when traveling. You should also bring a few extra doses of each medication in the event that you get delayed while traveling to prevent them from running out. If you are like most people, you probably tend to forget to take your medications on time or can’t remember whether you have taken it for the day or not. Eliminate your medication guesswork by investing in the easy-to-use pill turtle. This device securely holds pills and helps to maintain a daily medication regimen. You can load all your medications for the week and set a daily alarm to remind you to take your meds!

    Packing

    Be sure to pack your essentials like medications, water, and other personal items in an easily accessible bag. If you are traveling by plane leave the items, you won’t need right away in your checked luggage. You can carry a small personal bag which can be placed in your lap or under your seat. This is perfect for medications, word puzzles, and other items you may need to use during your plane ride.

    Ask for Discounts

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    Whether you are traveling by plane or train, both often offer senior citizen discounts on ticket rates. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of discounts that are meant for you. Not all airlines offer ticket discounts, but many do so make sure you ask around and shop for the best rate possible before you purchase a ticket. Ask a trusted loved one for help if you want to secure the cheapest ticket possible. Traveling can actually become more affordable as you age so it’s important to take advantage of that if possible.

    Secure Your Safety

    Senior citizens are often the main target of thefts in grocery stores, department stores, and home invasions. Sadly, the same is true when traveling. Seniors are at risk of becoming an “easy target” of theft when traveling. If possible, avoid traveling at night when it is easy for people to approach you without being seen. You should also carry a reasonable amount of cash in your wallet (for food, souvenirs, or emergencies) and leave credit cards or debit cards secured in a safe within your hotel.

    With these helpful tips, you can ensure your safety and security as you travel this holiday season!

    For more senior citizen tips and hints, visit BEK Medical’s blog post.

  • Christmas Gifts for Senior Citizens

    It can be hard to find the perfect gift for all of the people we care about during the holiday season. If you are shopping for a senior citizen, it can be difficult to find something that they don’t already have.

    Many seniors will express that they have everything they need, and that could likely be true. However, we have done a little bit of research and discovered some tips on how to holiday shop for the special senior citizen in your life.

    Life ExperiencesChristmas Gifts for Senior Citizens

    Many senior citizens do not desire materialistic things. Many of them have everything they need and aren’t interested in more clothes, kitchenware, or picture frames. Many senior citizens just want to spend time with the people that they love.

     The gift of your time is the best gift you could give a senior citizen, hands down. Whether you go see a musical with them or do something as simple as treating them to a brunch, this gift is priceless for a senior. Spending time with you and other family members is something they will cherish much more than anything you could purchase from a store.

    Medical Necessities

    Many senior citizens need certain things that they have trouble getting for themselves. Many seniors aren’t able to online shop, get to the store, or look up information on how to acquire certain things. For instance, if a senior citizen has bad arthritis, getting them a walker, a wheelchair, or a good pair of sneakers can be a sensible gift that they might have trouble getting for themselves.

    Health care items can be expensive, but many seniors need them to simplify their daily life. Pay attention to your loved one and take note of some things that they might truly need. For instance, if your senior is gradually growing forgetful, consider purchasing them a coffee maker that has an automatic shutoff.

    Brain Games

    As we age it can become more difficult to recall things like dates, names, and events. A great gift for a senior that has trouble remembering things is a jigsaw puzzle or memory game that is both entertaining and also helps “exercise” their brain.

    Tablet/ Smartphone

    Christmas Gifts for Senior Citizens

    Many seniors feel “out of touch” when trying to connect with their children and grandchildren because of the vast development of technology. By gifting them a tablet or smartphone they will be able to better connect with you and other friends. The Apple iPad was voted the best overall tablet for seniors because of it’s simple setup and ease of use.

    Practical Services

    For many senior citizens, household chores become impossible as they age. From shoveling sidewalks to scrubbing dirty floors, many things slowly become out of reach for seniors to complete safely.

    Purchasing a special service can really benefit a senior citizen. For instance, consider purchasing a plow service if your senior lives in an area that gets significant snowfall. If you can’t afford to purchase a professional service such as that, make homemade coupons offering your services to a senior. Offer to sort through a closet, do their grocery shopping, or cook them a favorite meal.

    Shopping for your senior loved one can be simple by following the advice above. No matter what you give them this year, be sure to commit time to spending with them this year and the years to come. The most important thing is to share memories with each other.

    BEK Medical is dedicated to improving the quality of life of our customers. We offer a wide array of mobility products, rehab equipment, maternity products, and more!  . Come visit us in our Dallas or El Paso location to try our products in person! Visit BEK Medical’s blog for more advice on caring for your elderly loved one.

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