What is preventive healthcare? — Preventive healthcare is any medical treatment or test that you do to prevent a health problem. Some of the most important preventive steps you can take are listed below.
All people age 65 and older should ask their doctor which forms of cancer screening might be appropriate for them. As you get older, some screening tests might no longer be needed. If your doctor suggests that you no longer
need a screening test, such as a Pap test, mammogram, or colon cancer test, this does not mean that he or she thinks you are “too old to care about.” Rather, since many cancers take a long time to develop, screening as you get older might not be helpful and can even be harmful. That’s
because screening can lead to unnecessary treatment for findings that will never cause problems for you.
All people age 65 and older should get screened for vision loss every 1 to 2 years. Some forms of vision loss can be slowed or stopped with the right treatment.
Women age 65 and older should get screened for osteoporosis (a bone thinning disorder).
Men should get screened for a condition called “abdominal aortic aneurysm” once between the ages of 65 and 75 if they have ever smoked or have a close relative who died from or needed surgery for an abdominal aneurysm. This condition is a swelling of the main blood vessel that feeds the lower half of the body.
Why is my age important? — As people get older, the way their body responds to medical problems changes. For instance, people become less able to fight infections. As a result, it is more important for them to get certain vaccines. The way people respond to medicines can also change as they get older. That’s because the liver and kidneys, which break down medicines, do not work as well as they once did.
Certain diseases also become more common as people age. Most forms of cancer and heart disease, for example, develop more often in older people than they do in younger people.
What else can I do to stay as healthy as possible? — You should:
bladder or bowels – Not being able to control your bladder or bowels is called being “incontinent.” If you have this problem, don't be embarrassed to bring it up at the doctor's office. Many treatments are available.
If one of your family members or someone who is supposed to take care of you is mistreating you, stealing money, or taking advantage of you in any way, tell your doctor. He or she can get you the help you need .
Stay socially connected – Social connection is important to good health. Let your doctor or nurse know if you spend almost all your time alone. He or she can help you find ways to meet new people and become involved in new activities.