THE ELDERLY AND TRAVEL: STILL A BARRIER?

Author(s): 
H YAMAN 1
1Akdeniz University, Turkey
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BACKGROUND/AIM: Advancing age is not considered anymore as a barrier for elderly travlers. But elderly need to know that they have an increased risk of illness, injury, or death while traveling, even in the absence of pre-existing medical problems.
The aim of this presentation is to present existing evidence on elderly and travel medicine.
METHODS: Scientific databases (Medline, ISI, ProQuest) have been evaluated for existing evidence published in periodics. Keywords "elderly", "travel", "medicine", "tourism" have been used during this search process.
RESULTS: Some common key points have identified during this search. Cardiovascular mortality and accidents most common causes of death among older travellers. Older travellers should plan their trip in advance and have their fitness tested and look for proper head advice before travelling. An sufficient insurance coverage is recommended. Even providing appropriate vaccines, they may be less immunogenic in the elderly.
CONCLUSION: Older travellers will only continue to increase in the future. Even elderly travellers have health restrictions, they still are able to travel. With adequate preparation and appropriate advice, the elderly traveller can enjoy good health during travel.