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Top Health Screenings for Seniors: What You Need to Know

Posted by Peggy Tomasello
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Top Health Screenings for Seniors: What You Need to Know

Regular health screenings become increasingly vital as we age to detect and manage potential health issues before they become serious. For individuals over 65, several essential medical tests and screenings can significantly impact overall health and quality of life. These health screenings should be at the top of your list.

 

Blood Pressure Check

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is common among seniors and can lead to serious conditions like heart disease and stroke. Regular blood pressure checks help manage and mitigate these risks. The American Heart Association recommends checking blood pressure at least once a year.

 

Cholesterol Screening

Elevated cholesterol levels can increase the risk of heart disease. A lipid panel test measuring cholesterol and triglyceride levels is typically recommended every five years, though more frequent testing may be necessary for those with elevated risks.

 

Bone Density Test

Osteoporosis is a significant concern for seniors, particularly women. A bone density test (DEXA scan) helps assess bone strength and the risk of fractures. It’s usually recommended for women starting at age 65 and men at age 70, or earlier if risk factors are present.

 

Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal cancer risk increases with age. Several screening options are available, including colonoscopy, recommended every ten years starting at age 50 or more frequently if there are risk factors. Other methods include stool tests and sigmoidoscopy.

 

Diabetes Screening

Type 2 diabetes is common among older adults. Blood tests such as fasting blood glucose or A1C are used to diagnose and monitor diabetes. The American Diabetes Association suggests screening every three years or more often if risk factors are present.

 

Eye Exam

Vision problems like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts become more common with age. Annual comprehensive eye exams are crucial for early detection and management of these conditions.

 

Hearing Test

Hearing loss can affect quality of life and safety. Seniors should have their hearing checked annually to detect any changes and address them with appropriate interventions.

 

Cognitive Screening

Early detection of cognitive decline can lead to better management of conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. Regular cognitive assessments can help monitor brain health and cognitive function.

 

Skin Cancer Screening

Skin cancer risk increases with age. To detect early signs of skin cancer, annual skin checks by a dermatologist are recommended.

 

Regular health screenings play a crucial role in maintaining health and longevity. By staying on top of these essential tests, individuals over 65 can enjoy a better quality of life and take proactive steps to manage their health. Talk to your doctor about the frequency of these important tests and screenings, and follow their recommendations carefully.

 

Peggy Tomasello
Autumn Insurance Agency // tomasello@autumnagency.com

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