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Ultra Long Haul With The Elderly?  
User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4909 posts, RR: 13
Posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 9346 times:

I've been thinking of transporting my 92-year old Dad from Bangalore to NYC and wonder if there are precautions and protocols. If there is a risk to life, I certainly don't want to do it, and I also don't want to inflict cabin crew and pax with problems.

Otherwise he's in good health with some balance problems.  old 

Any thoughts welcome !

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User currently offlineGlbltrvlr From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 1041 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 9324 times:

My folks who are well into their 70s had a very successful trip to Korea last year and plan to go back this summer, so it can be done. There are few thoughts that come to mind:

- Your dad needs to get a clearance to travel from his local physician
- You should seriously consider a travel insurance policy that includes medical evacuation back to your Dad's home in case of medical emergency
- Elderly people are probably more susceptible to DVT, so once on board, regular exercise is a good idea. (Note: it drives me nuts when people walk up & down the aisle grabbing seat backs along the way and thumping their feet on the floor, so try to be considerate)
- Hydrate like crazy on board.
- Consider a business class seat that reclines to lay flat for sleeping.
-Long times at high altitudes can be difficult to people you aren't used to it and cabin altitudes run around 8000'. Consider supplemental oxygen.

User currently offlineHiflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2249 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 9316 times:

First thought would be to check with his personal medical folks and see if prolonged (12+ hrs) sitting at altitude will or could be detrimental....

User currently offlineHalophila From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 655 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 9204 times:

My folks (both well into their 70s) also travel a LOT (they're as spritely as they were in their 40s). However, there are a couple of precautions they take:
1. Check with his doctor, but my folks take aspirin as a blood thinner to prevent DVT;
2. They wear compression socks for flying long distance
3. I ensure they get lounge access along the way at interchange points, and insist they get the mover when they're to walk between distant gates;
4. They fly 'premium economy' (at my expense  Smile) and seem to have no problem with that; and finally
5. Make sure they get aisle seats... we all know why this is important!

Hope this helps!

Flown on 707, 717, 727, 732 733 734 735 73G 738 739 741 742 743 744 74SP 757 753 762 763 772 773 77W D10 DC9 M11 M80 M87
User currently offlineSeemyseems From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 998 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 9194 times:

My Gran in 90 too, she still does ABZ-AMS-IAH to see my auntie, the only thing she does is check ups from the GP, and she also has a WBC seat.

Do you think some airlines would give a Business or First class seat for free to an elderly person?

Yeah so just check with their or your GP and ask about guidlines etc.

User currently offlineJER757 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 350 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 9149 times:

There isn't really any huge risk specifically associated with the elderly traveling - if anything it'll be stress that is more of an issue, especially if the person isn't used to airports and aircraft.

DVT, although an increased risk is still relatively rare when associated with air travel. They don't really occur out of the blue; but more likely on top of a pre-existing condition (vascular disease for example). The media blew the whole DVT thing up way to large for the publicity it deserved - fuelled mainly by the litigation culture of certain places.  duck 

If there are any pre-existing lung or blood conditions (eg COPD, chronic anaemia) then you may find the reduction in pressure will make your father turn a lovely tinge of blue, but again if he is healthy there is relatively little to worry about.

As mentioned above there are several common sense things which are recommended. eg taking out an adequate insurance policy, securing lounge access to reduce stress etc etc.

If a doctor clears him to fly there's really nothing to worry about.

Gale force fog... don't you love it?
User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13856 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 9102 times:

Would there be anyone traveling along with him or alone? I would suggest that a younger person be with them to make sure they are ok, can do any transfers or getting on/off the a/c and getting through the airports at each end, of if need assistance.

User currently offlineL1011buff From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 9015 times:

a 50 y.o friend of mine just got a DVT with clots to his lungs on a transcon flight. Please be careful of this. And he was in tip top shape!

User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4909 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 8890 times:

Thanks everyone for your tips! I'm planning to escort him so at least he'll be covered. I'll use my miles to get him upgraded, and will check with his local doctor. I'm inclined to take the nonstop from India (CO or AI).

I'll also look into compression socks.

Thanks again!


User currently offlineMotorHussy From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 3888 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 8792 times:

Can you afford a Business Class or Y+ fare? That would be my advice.


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