Preventative strategies can help seniors live healthier lives with fewer risks.

60% of older adults manage two or more chronic conditions, according to one study. Some conditions that affect seniors are preventable; others aren’t but may be improved if they are recognized early enough. (Healthypeople.gov)

There are several preventative strategies seniors can use to protect their health and reduce their risks, including certain medical tests. It’s important for seniors to have these screenings performed.

Senior Care Madeira OH - As Seniors Age, Their Risk of Disease and Health Problems Increases

Senior Care Madeira OH – As Seniors Age, Their Risk of Disease and Health Problems Increases

Common Preventative Services for Seniors

Everyone Over 50
Colorectal Cancer Screening
Annual Wellness Exam
Influenza Vaccine
High Blood Pressure Screening
Skin Check
Mental Health Checkups

Everyone Over 65
Annual Pneumococcal Vaccines
Diabetes Screening
Thyroid Screening
Annual Vitamin D Test
Bone Density Scan
Semi-Annual Hearing Test
Annual Periodontal Exams
Shingles Vaccine
Annual Eye Exams

Women

Over 45
Cholesterol Screening

Over 50
Annual Breast Cancer Screening
Pelvic Exam and Pap Smear

Over 65
Osteoporosis Screening

Men

Over 35
Cholesterol Screening

Over 50
Prostate Cancer Screening

(Healthline; Family Doctor)

How to Keep Track of Tests and Screenings

With so many steps to take for preventative care, it’s easy for some tests to be overlooked or forgotten. Seniors should keep track of which services they have had performed and when. Some helpful methods for tracking include:

Keep a checklist of annual screenings to be filled out each year
Ask for copies of test results to keep in a binder
Grant doctors’ offices permission to share files with each other electronically
Sign up for electronic health records websites used by doctors’ offices
Keep a long-term record of screenings, procedures, and other notable medical events to bring to annual wellness appointments

(EverydayHealth)

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