When traveling with elderly parents, allow a lot of extra time when traveling by plane, train, boat, or bus. Senior adults do not move quickly. Call ahead to determine if special services are available for senior citizens. Make your exact needs known. When traveling by plane, train or bus, attempt to obtain seats at the front so that the senior won't have to navigate the narrow aisles. When traveling by car, allow for frequent bathroom breaks. Remember that seniors need something to occupy their traveling time, as well. The car radio or in-flight movie is not always loud enough for them to hear. Bring some cards, a photo album, earphones (if they can utilize them), snacks, or a large print book. Remember that although fluids will cause more bathroom breaks, it's important not to restrict them because that can cause urinary tract infections. When staying at a hotel or motel, check for ADA accessible rooms that have walk-in showers, handrails in the bathrooms, as well as other important amenities. These types of rooms are becoming more available.
Tony Lopez, MD
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursUCSD Internal Medicine
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- Community Health Group
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- United Healthcare
- UCSD Medical Center Hillcrest
- UCSD Thornton Hospital
What are some tips for traveling with my elderly parents?
Shelley Webb, Nursing, answered
What are some things that cause weight gain as we age?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredGaining weight with age often occurs so gradually -- a pound-a-year creep is the rule in North America -- you're not quite sure when or why it happened. But 20 years = 20 pounds. Yikes! Don't resign yourself to it.
Here are six things that have the biggest impact on weight gain as you age. Prepare for some surprises.
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- Potatoes: If you tend to eat a lot of potato chips, mashed potatoes and fried potatoes, you're more likely to gain weight over the years than someone who favors 100% whole grains and other complex carbs, says new data.
- Red meat: All meat (regular or processed) makes you gain. Fish (as long as it's not fried), fruit and vegetables don't.
- Sugar: Okay, no surprise here. Sugary drinks and desserts (and other highly processed carbs, like white bread) make you bulge out. Naturally sweet fruit doesn't.
- Lifting only light things: Like forks. Weight training builds muscle. Muscle burns more calories 24/7 than soft stuff. Make push-ups and squats an every-other-day habit. No equipment needed.
- Lack of sleep: It affects your waistline. Not least because you eat for energy when you're tired or stay up late. Aim for 6.5 to 8 hours.
- TV: Watching 3 hours a day adds 5 pounds every 20 years. Exercise does the opposite. But you knew that!
How can volunteering help me maintain my independence as I age?
UCLA Health answeredAs you age, you can maintain your independence by volunteering. Volunteering offers numerous benefits, including staying active and social. Helping others also helps you feel better about yourself and adds to your well-being. Often, older adults have unique skills and insights that can benefit others. It’s a win-win situation.
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