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SCAN Health Plan Offers Seniors Ten Tips for Safe and Healthy Travel

LONG BEACH, Calif., May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether your summer travel plans include a long vacation or a short getaway, if you are an older adult there are things you should do before leaving home to ensure a healthy trip. According to Timothy Schwab, M.D., chief medical officer of SCAN Health Plan, these ten tips for seniors apply whether you're planning to go out of the country or just a few counties away.
1. Discuss travel plans with your doctor. If you are (or recently were)

under a doctor's care, talk to your doctor to be sure it is safe for

you to travel. Discuss whether changes in food, humidity or altitude

will affect your health or abilities.

2. Plan travel activities with your fitness level and mobility in mind.

Travel can be demanding on the body. Changes in food or activity can

worsen existing health problems. Be careful lifting or carrying heavy

or bulky bags.

3. Take a list of your medicines and allergies with you. This list is

important to have in case you get sick or injured. A healthcare

provider may need it to best check and treat any problem. A list

makes it quick and easy.

4. Refill prescription medicine. Of course you'll bring enough

medication to last the whole trip, but in the event of unexpected

delays, be sure you bring some extra medicine with you.

5. Pack medicines in carry-on bags. If your checked bags get lost or

delayed, you will be prepared.

6. Leave all medication in original, labeled containers to avoid

problems at security checkpoints.

7. Take your health insurance card. It has information you need anytime

you get medical care.

8. Consider travel health insurance. If you think you might need health

coverage beyond your current benefits, check if short-term travel

insurance with health

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