In terms of your health, preventative care is always more effective than reactionary care. Being able to diagnose a possible health issue may save your life. As we age, preventative care is even more important since your risk of developing a life-changing condition may be higher.

It is estimated that 9 out of 10 Americans have at least one chronic condition by age 80. If you are in the lucky 10% without chronic health issues by the age of 80, you are in the minority. Most people will have to manage some sort of illness or condition as they age.

A few examples of age-related diseases include:

  • Hearing and Vision Loss
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Osteoporosis

Fortunately, medicine has improved exponentially through the past decades. There are many screenings which give Seniors a jump-start in managing their health. Each person has different predispositions and risks for age-related conditions. It is best to consult with your primary doctor to review your own needs.

There are vaccines and screenings which have become part of normal medical advice and testing. It is important to begin perhaps when you are a bit younger to develop a baseline for later results. Examples of testing to begin in your 60’s to develop a baseline include: (Consult with your doctor to determine which tests would be best for you and your health history.)

  • Blood Pressure
  • Bone Density Test
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Colonoscopy
  • Hearing Test
  • Kidney Test
  • HPV Screening
  • Cancer Screenings
  • Vision Test

Knowing about any health concerns early will allow your doctor to address any condition or illness, hopefully at a stage that can be controlled and managed. Don’t avoid your doctor or the testing that is recommended.

Get ahead of any health issues by practicing preventive medicine.

Resources:

NCBI: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK570572/

Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health/milestone-medical-tests-you-should-take-in-your-60s-70s-and-beyond