Going on a Cruise? How to Stay Healthy On Board

Going on a CruiseCruises are a great way to see the world, and if you haven’t gone on one yet, you probably know at least a few people who’ve come home raving about how wonderful it was. Cruises are also fertile ground for illnesses like the norovirus, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says causes more than 90 percent of cruise ship diarrhea outbreaks.

No one wants to get sick on vacation. Keep in mind that while incidents do happen, in general, they’re few and far between. The best way to reduce your risk of illness is to be prepared and take some common sense safety precautions. Read More …

Flying with Medical Devices and Supplies

Image of Wheelchair and Airport SecurityGuest article by Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com

Recent reports allege that security officials at a Florida airport forced a 95-year-old woman with cancer to remove her adult diaper as part of a security pat-down.

While this is an extreme example, some medical equipment and assistive devices– such as pacemakers, wheelchairs and oxygen tanks – can hinder airport security screening procedures.

In response to the incident involving the adult diaper, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials released this statement: “While every person and item must be screened before entering the secure boarding area, the TSA works with passengers to resolve security alarms in a respectful and sensitive manner.”

How can caregivers ensure their elderly relatives are treated with dignity, yet expedite the process of getting an elderly loved one through airport security safely? AgingCare.com asked Sarah Horowitz, spokesperson for the TSA’s Office of Public Affairs, to weigh in on how certain assistive devices may affect airport security:

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Travel & Tourism with a Disability

image of wheelchair and airport securityTo help you make travel plans during the holiday season I’d like to highlight a reference with all sorts of travel and tourism tips for people with disabilities.

Opening Doors for People with Disabilities in Travel & Tourism

Open Doors Organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that envisions a society in which all persons with disabilities have the same consumer opportunities as everyone else.  They help empower the disability community and teach businesses how to become more accessible. Here are some of their useful tips for planning accessible travel of all types, from outdoor adventure to cruises. Read More …

When Healthcare Hits Home

illustration of gall bladder with stonesGuest article by Jessica Wapner (www.jessicawapner.com, @jessicawapner), from WorkInProgress blog.

Jessica gained a new perspective of our healthcare system when a relative needed emergency surgery in a small village in Cyprus to remove gall stones and her gall bladder. Her story is included because it relates to Health Concerns for Oversees Travel. If you’d rather not see this type of story, reply below.

Over the course of the decade-plus that I’ve been writing and editing material on healthcare (cancer research and treatment, in particular), people have asked from time to time whether my interest is driven by some personal stake in the matter. Read More …

Health Concerns for Overseas Travel

image of travel documentsThis is vacation season, so last week I published Flying with Medical Devices and Supplies. It was a guest article by Marlo Sollitto about how to get through TSA screening, but it just covered domestic travel.

If you’re going overseas, there are many other things to know, as my wife reminds me often. She’s a registered nurse and travel specialist at ADC Travel Clinic. It’s a fun job since she provides pre-travel advice and vaccinations for international travel and talks to people going on fun trips for business or pleasure. Her advice varies considerably by region, which is why it’s important to see someone like her before leaving.

An ABC News special report last week caught my attention since it covered health concerns for foreign travel. The video is embedded below, but here are some highlights:

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