Essential Health Tips for Every Road Trip

A road trip is something that you associate with excitement and having a good time. The last thing you want to think about is how you may get injured or sick. However, with just a few simple precautions you can make sure that you and all your passengers stay fit and healthy for your entire journey. Here are the essentials for keeping healthy on your long journey.

Keep hydrated

It can be easy to forget to drink when you are traveling. Some people even cut down on fluids because they don’t want to have to stop to go to the toilet. This is not a good idea. It is essential that you remain hydrated so that you can be alert which is obviously essential if you are the driver. However, it is also true that becoming dehydrated can make you irritable and that is not great if you one of the passengers either! A long road trip can be a stressful experience so you need your wits about you.

Keep some small bottles of water or juice in the car and top up every time you stop for a break. When you stop for a break you can have a coffee to keep you awake but remember that the driver should always pull over and have a rest if they feel tired.

Make your road trip stress-free

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Banish the smoke

If you smoke inside a closed space like a motor vehicle, the levels of cigarette pollutants can build up to unhealthy concentrations. This can make your eyes water, make your throat sore and increase the risk of long-term health conditions. For the sake of your own health and health of your passengers, it would be best to leave the cigarettes at home. This does not mean that you have to turn the journey into an unpleasant ordeal or make very frequent stops for a cigarette. Check out LoveVapory for a healthier alternative.

Move around

Obviously you can’t take part in an aerobics session inside a car but you can take care of your body’s movement and posture. There are clear dangers associated with sitting in the same position for too long including trapped nerves and even deep vein thrombosis, which has very serious implications. The answer is to take frequent breaks. Stop the car in a safe place, get out and walk around. Do some simple stretches and get some fresh air.

As a passenger in a car,  you can move your neck gently from side to side to ease tension and stiff muscles. You can also circle your wrists and ankles to aid circulation to your hands and feet.

Prepare a first aid kit

It makes sense to take simple first aid kit with you on a long journey. Keep it in the glove compartment where you can get at it easily. All you need is some sterile wipes, some simple dressings and some antiseptic. It may also be useful to have some painkillers. Remember if you are travelling with children, you need medication that is suitable for their age group.

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How to Combat Loneliness at Old Age

Parents may feel lonely as they get older

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Anyone with an aging parents knows that it can be a real challenge to prevent them from feeling lonely. Loneliness is a common problem for elderly people as many of them have lost partners and friends. As elderly people tend to lose their independence over the years there are fewer possibilities for them to retain good social contact with those around them.

This can be a real concern for the family members and it is common for us to feel a little helpless when it comes to finding ways to occupy their time and help them to build connections with other people. So, with that in mind, here is advice on how to try and combat the loneliness that a parent of yours may be feeling.

Be There as Much as Possible

This can be very difficult if you live in a different area to your mother or father. Geographical distance can put a lot of strain on families who want to support their aging parents. If distance is a problem then daily contact, via the telephone, can go a long way in reminding parents that they are always on your mind and that you care. When distance is a problem, try and stay on top of the big milestones in your parent’s life, such as birthdays, anniversaries and make sure that you try to be there on the days when they will need that extra support to prevent them from feeling sad and alone.

You also don’t need to wait for the important days to go and spend time with your parents, so planning regular trips is truly the best way to be there emotionally and physically for your parent. Seeing familiar faces, grandchildren and just spending time together can be one of the most special moments in their life so it is very important that we are generous with our time and continually organizing days and moments to spend together.

Research Local Community

Whether you live locally or far away, you should be putting in research into the community of your parent to see what is available for them in their local community. Whether you feel that your parent needs around the clock assistance or whether you think that they will just benefit from getting out of the house for a couple of hours every day.

If you are concerned that your parent is no longer able to completely look after themselves, then maybe it is time to look at a residential home. Find comfort at McKnight Place or a similar residential home in your community where your parent will be looked after, safe and can enjoy the company of other residents on a daily basis. It is a big decision for all the family, so be open about these conversations and put in a lot of research to find the best options in your parent’s local area.

Alternatively, if your parent is still active, independent and able to look after themselves on a day-to-day basis, but you are worried that they are feeling isolated and spend too long at home by themselves, then there are other options to prevent them from feeling lonely. In this case, you should be looking at community resources, in the area that your parent lives, to see what social activities they can be getting involved with to get them out of the house on a regular basis.

Most communities have centers for elderly people that offer great opportunities to bring the elderly community together to make friends and enjoy activities together. Whether you think your parent will enjoy entertainment nights, social games or daily outings, find what you think will best suit your parents tastes and interests and then encourage them to give it a try. You can help with the transportation and organization in order to make it as easy as possible for your parent to get involved and out of the house, enjoying the company of others, as much as possible.

Go Out Together

Think of all the things that your parent loves to do and treat them to events or activities that they will enjoy.  Social activities, theater, concerts and anything else that you think they will enjoy will be all the more enjoyable if you take them. As elderly parents have less ability to do these things by themselves then they will naturally depend on those around them to make these leisure pursuits possible. Therefore, make sure that you are regularly thinking of the places that you can take them to give them a really lovely evening or a special day out.

Consider a Carer

If your parent is not quite ready yet for a residential home, or it is not possible for them to live with you, then you may want to consider hiring a part-time or full time carer to look after your parent or at least to be checking in on them on a daily basis. Carers will offer you the peace of mind that your aging parent is being looked after, if you are not able to spend time with them on a daily basis.

Professional carers will be able to cook and clean for your parent. They will be able to offer daily company and will be able to take your parent out to events and activities for the elderly community in your parents local area. So, whether you feel your parent needs a part-time or a full-time, live-in carer, put in some research into the different options and professionals in your parent’s area.

Don’t Shy Away from Technology

We all know that whilst kids are whizzes at every gadget, app, and modern piece of technology, when it comes to our parents they are pretty much at a loss when it comes to navigating anything even as simple as a mobile phone. That does not mean, however, that technology cannot be used as a way to make communication with your parent really easy.

Most elderly parents, who are willing, will be able to crack how to use Skype, for example, when shown what to do. So look into the different forms of technology that can keep you and your family in touch with your parent, when you can’t be there physically, to ensure they don’t feel alone and feel connected with the family around them, as much as possible