Preventative HealthPreventative services are important for everyone, but especially for older adults.
Hot Springs, Ark. – What are preventative services? Preventative services are important for everyone, but especially for older adults. This is because your risk for developing health problems increases as you age. You can prevent health problems or detect them early on if you see your doctor regularly. Your doctor can provide screening tests, vaccinations, and health advice that is appropriate for your age, gender, medical history, and family history. Here is a list of the preventative services that are especially important:
Influenza Vaccine (Flu Shot): This vaccine can help prevent you from catching the flu and you should get it every year because flu strains change. About 85% of all deaths from the flu are in adults 65 years of age or older.
- Pneumococcal Vaccine (Pneumonia Shot): The pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV) can help prevent pneumonia. For those who already have pneumonia, it can help prevent life-threatening complications. This is especially true for older adults because they are more likely to actually get pneumonia and develop complications.
- Breast Cancer Screening (Mammogram): Almost half of all new breast cancer cases are in adult women 65 years of age or older. Normal recommendations are for women between the ages of 50 and 74 to have a mammogram every two years. Depending on your breast cancer risk factors, your doctor may recommend you have a mammogram more often.
- Colorectal Cancer Screening: 2 out of every 3 new colorectal cancer cases are in adults 65 years of age or older. Starting at age 50, it is recommended you have regular screenings. Your doctor will recommend the screening test that is appropriate for you.
- Diabetes Screening: Diabetes is very common in older adults, affecting around 1 out of 4 adults age 60 and older. Even if you don’t have any symptoms, your doctor may test you for diabetes if your blood pressure is regularly higher than 135/80 mm Hg.
- Cholesterol Screening: High cholesterol is a risk factor for both heart disease and stroke. Men 35 years of age and older and women 45 years of age and older should be checked on a regular basis.
- Osteoporosis Screening (Bone Mass Measurement): The risk of developing osteoporosis increases as you age. Women 65 years of age and older should get a bone mass or bone density test.
- Skin Cancer Checks: There are many warning signs of cancer. Most can be successfully treated if they are caught early enough. Check with your doctor to discuss your risk factors and how often you should be checked.
- Prostrate Cancer Screening: Prostrate cancer is the most common cancer in men and it is recommended that men of all ages have regular screenings. The main risk factors include your age, family history, and race.
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By Jessica Vincent
County Extension Agent - FCS
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture
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U of A Division of Agriculture
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