The Over 65 Health Checklist

As we get older we become more prone to certain diseases and illnesses and therefore the number of doctor visits and appointments increase. Although in some cases there is nothing we can do to prevent getting sick, early detection does enhance the chance of survival. It is important to ensure that you do not miss any doctor’s appointments because some diseases do not necessarily have any symptoms that you can notice but they can end up being fatal.

If you are already 65 or heading to 65, it is important to have a health check list to help you monitor all aspects of your health and ensure that your doctor finds any hidden illnesses during their early stages so that you have a better chance of surviving them.

The following is an over 65 health check list that may be helpful in monitoring your health past 65;

Physical exam

Once you hit the 65 year mark, you should make an appointment to have a physical exam done every year. During this exam your doctor will check your BMI, weight and height among other things to ensure you are fit and healthy.

Blood pressure

It is important to have your blood pressure checked at least once a year once you turn 65 if you do not have any other health complications like diabetes and heart disease. However, if you do suffer from these diseases you may have to have your blood pressure checked more often.

Colon screening

The older you get, the higher your chances of contracting colon cancer. For this reason, getting a colonoscopy every 5 years once you turn 65 is advisable. You may have to have a colon screening every few years if your family has a history of colon cancer.

Diabetes screening

For anyone over 65 and in good health and within an acceptable body weight, it is recommended that they get checked for diabetes every 3 years. For those who are obese, the frequency should be higher as they have a higher risk of getting diabetes.

Dental exam

It is recommended that we all visit a dentist at least once a year for general cleaning and routine checkup, it is even more important for anyone over 65 to ensure that they do not miss their yearly visit to the dentist because they are more prone to having dental problems.

Hearing test

If you find yourself having trouble hearing, you should make an appointment to have your hearing checked out. Ideally, you should have this done once a year after you turn 65.