As you age, it is important that you stay consistent with regular health screenings and visits with the doctor. Many people assume that they only need to visit the doctor if something is wrong with their health. But, these screenings are important to help with early detection and preventive treatments, helping you to maintain good health for as long as possible.
Ongoing Health Screenings
The foundation of good health should be based on regular checkups at all ages, and it is a good idea to have a physical exam at least every two years, or more often if recommended by your doctor. This exam usually involves weight, height, and BMI calculations, as well as a blood pressure check, diabetes screening, blood tests and a urinalysis if needed.
Dental checkups should be twice a year, and it is also a good idea to maintain regular eye exams at least every two years. Also, consider visiting a dermatologist once a year to check for the risk of skin cancer. Another recommendation is to get an annual flu shot, and stay up to date with any other immunizations that might be recommended by your doctor.
Recommended Health Screenings at Different Stages in Life
In addition to the regular checkups, there are certain tests that should be done as well:
- In Your 50’s: It is usually recommended to being colorectal cancer screening in the 50’s. Women should have an annual breast exam, mammogram, and pelvic exam, including an HPV test and a test for bone density. Men should have a testicular exam and a prostate cancer screening if needed.
- In Your 60’s: The above tests should be maintained each year, and it is also a good idea to add in tests for peripheral artery disease. Certain tests can identify heart problems such as high cholesterol, irregular heartbeat, or other types of heart disease.
- In Your 70’s: Continue maintaining the above health screenings. Also, as you get older, it is common for hearing to decrease. If you haven’t already had hearing tests, then make sure to have your hearing checked to see if you can benefit from hearing aids or other treatments.
To maintain these regular health screenings, it is a good idea to have a high quality health insurance plan to cover the costs. Contact us today to learn more about insurance plans for seniors.