Seniors are a growth branch of the tourism industry. Older people often like to travel and usually have the necessary funds for a nice holiday. In addition to the budget, the so-called “best agers” have the time to make interesting trips. Around 43% of all holiday trips are booked by over 60s. It shows that travel behavior changes very little with increasing age – those who have traveled a lot in the world as a young person continue to do so. Seniors are often open-minded and committed and quite agile in everyday travel. Nevertheless, careful preparation is important to make the holidays for the elderly stress-free and positive. The checklist below contains points that seniors should check before leaving.
• Determining the type of holiday: Depending on whether the trip, different utensils and preparation measures are required. When the destination is established, the next steps can go into detail.
• Consultation with the doctor about any necessary vaccinations: Especially for air travel to distant countries seniors should check with the family doctor or a travel physician if their vaccination certificate is complete and up to date. If necessary, have vaccinations refreshed in good time before departure.
• Check with a doctor or pharmacy if taking and taking certain medications could cause problems. Some destination countries have special regulations. Medical certificates translated into national language or English for overseas travel can prevent complications at the destination.
• Advice on possible time shifts in foreign travel and the consequences of a changed medication. Especially elderly people with permanent illnesses should discuss with their doctor when they take their medicines on vacation and at what dose they are correctly adjusted. Affected include diabetics who need insulin or hypoglycemic tablets.
• If there is a disability or reduced mobility, it is important for the elderly to know what accessibility is at the resort. Information leaflets, travel agencies and the Internet provide information about accommodation and accommodation facilities. In many cases, images help to make initial assessments of the suitability of the desired goal. The same goes for other handicaps that restrict seniors in some way.
• Discuss the changed climate situation with the doctor. For example, some medicines may cause unwanted side effects such as skin reactions or stomach intolerances under unfamiliar sun exposure. Also, the cycle is particularly stressed when the destination is a different climate zone. Doctors and pharmacists give in advance valuable tips on how older people cope well with the situation.