The Important Health Screenings


5Prevention is key to a healthy life, especially as people enter the golden years. Seniors benefit from regular medical appointments and the following important screenings:

Blood Pressure – High blood pressure can be treated, but it needs to be caught right away. If it is left undetected, it could lead to various conditions such as a heart attack or stroke.

Cholesterol – High levels of cholesterol could also contribute to the risk of coronary diseases. The physician will determine how often levels should be checked based on the initial results.

Diabetes – If any warning signs of risk factors for diabetes are present, the doctor might recommend getting tested periodically for Type 2 diabetes. If this condition is left untreated it can have detrimental effects on a person’s health, effecting their heart, arteries and kidneys.

Vision/Hearing – Hearing and vision loss can be a common sign of aging. Consistent screening can help to determine the presence glaucoma, cataracts and hearing loss.

Cancer Screenings – It is important to discuss with the doctor the need for colon, breast, cervical and prostate cancer, especially if there is a family history with any type of cancer.

As a relative of a senior, it is important to keep up-to-date on their state of health. If you notice that they are not making or keeping doctor’s appointments, it could be beneficial to enlist the help of an in-home care agency. The professional can help your loved one stay healthy and keep all important doctor appointments to help catch any diseases early on, helping them to live a long healthy life.

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