Regular doctor visits are important for our everyday health and is even more important for the older adults that we provide care for. Older adults need more medical care than younger adults do as aging presents unique challenges that require frequent doctor visits. Regular health screenings are also important for those living with underlying health conditions.
Annual Check Ups
Regular annual checkups are beneficial for people of all ages. It can help identify potential issues before they start, and early detection of illnesses often leads to more treatment options. This is also a great way for doctors to see how you are improving or if there is room for improvement when it comes to managing your health.
Getting your eyes checked annually is important because it helps to ensure that you can see as best as possible. Regular eye health exams will also check for signs of eye disease or conditions that can affect not only your vision but your overall health.
Visiting a cardiologist regularly is important for seniors living with heart disease or other health related issues such as hypertension. It is also important to see a cardiologist if you have a family history of heart disease or high cholesterol, if they are or have been a smoker, if they have diabetes, or if they are starting a new exercise program.
A colonoscopy test allows for doctors to scan your colon for cancerous polyps, which are abnormal growth of tissue. This is important for those age 50 and older to receive every 10 year or more frequently if polyps are found or if present in a patient’s family history.
Mammograms / Pap Smears
For females, getting a mammogram is useful in detecting breast cancer. Women usually start annual screenings at the age of 45 and biannual screenings at the age of 55. Those with family history should be screened earlier. Pap smears are given to females starting at the age of 21 to 65 years of age. Pap smears are given every three years and are usually can be combined with screening for HPV.
Prostate Cancer Screening
Prostate cancer is detected through a digital rectal exam or by measuring prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels in the blood. The American Cancer Society suggest that men aged 40, 45, and 50 should be checked especially if they have family history.
Regular dental visits are important because they help to keep your teeth and gums healthy. During the dental checkup, your dentist will check your overall oral health for any trouble areas. During the cleaning, your dentist will remove any plaque and tartar buildup and may polish your teeth.
We want you and our seniors to stay healthy so if you have not done so already, make sure to schedule your annual check ups this year to help you stay on top of your health. At White Glove, we offer our employees free health insurance so they can utilize it to get their checkups. Wishing you all stay safe and well always.