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SENIOR LIVING: Traveling can be good for your health and your brain


SENIOR LIVING: Traveling can be good for your health and your brain


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By Mark Underwood



While you’re having a great time taking photos of the Swiss Alps or the Colorado Rockies, you may not realize it but your travel experience is benefiting your mind. Scientific research agrees that lifelong learning, which includes discovering first-hand new places, people and cultures, is one of the primary factors that leads to better brain health.

Preparing to learn and travel

More seniors than ever before are planning trips to near and far locations. But some of these same travelers are not only choosing resorts, inns, air fare, itineraries and cruises; they are also sharpening their brain by studying the history and culture of the areas and learning the languages. Before they depart, they are taking non-credit academic courses to add to their travel experience.

Other travelers take time to read books by the country’s beloved authors, and learn about the local cuisine, music and art. All of these things help you stay active but they also keep the brain constantly engaged. Scientific research has found that a challenged, stimulated brain may be the key to a long healthy life.

Learn a language

Before you depart from home learn a new language or at least a few phrases. One of the most important things you can do to stimulate better brain health is to learn new language skills. You may not have time to immerse yourself in a language, but the more time you spend learning the faster you will learn. Join a class or listen to audio tapes or ask someone who speaks the language to teach you.

Planning tips

Other planning steps include making two copies of your passport. Take one copy with you and put in a separate location from the actual passport. Leave the second copy at home. Make a copy of your health insurance card from your home health plan and keep the copy in a location separate than your card. Take a mix of money such as one credit card, possibly a debit card, and cash including several $1 dollar bills. Don’t keep all of your money in your wallet. Instead, divide it so you have it in more than one location in case your wallet is lost or stolen. It’s a good idea to have a health check-up before you leave home. If you’re traveling to a tropical or sub-tropical area, check health advisories for your destination.

When you get to your destination

Always wear a seatbelt in a taxi or auto. Avoid taking cabs after dark in developing countries or to areas far from your hotel. Don’t travel anywhere at night by foot or driving if you feel the area has questionable safety concerns.

Keep in mind if you are in a crowd waiting in line at a restaurant or buying tickets to a popular attraction you may also be sharing the crowded space with pickpockets. Consider wearing a money belt inside your skirt or slacks so that that it can’t be seen.

As a senior you can see the world without spending a fortune. But no matter where you go you need to prepare for a healthy vacation. Plan to be a healthy, safe and savvy traveler and you’ll have the time of your life.

Mark Underwood is a neuroscience researcher, and president/co-founder of Quincy Bioscience. Find more articles and tips for healthy aging at www.TheGoodNewsAbout Aging.com.
 

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