Senior Health: Recommended Screenings for Women Over 65

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Turning 65 is cause for celebration. After all, movies are cheaper and retirement could be in the near future! Make the most of these golden years and make sure you’re in tip-top shape. If you’re a female 65 or over, make sure you’re getting these screenings:

 

  • Women aged 65 and over:

    • Blood pressure Women over the age of 65 should get their blood pressure checked every two years. Women with abnormal blood pressure should get it checked every year.

    • Cholesterol Get your cholesterol checked every five years if you have normal levels. Talk with your doctor about more frequent screenings if you have other health concerns like diabetes or heart disease.

    • Osteoperosis Women over 65 should get a bone density scan (DEXA scan) at least once

    • Vision Make sure you see your ophthalmologist every two years

    • Hearing Get your hearing checked every year

    • Colon Women should start colon cancer screenings at the age of 50. These include colonoscopies every ten years, an annual stool test, and a flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years. If you’re at greater risk for colon cancer, you’ll want to talk with your doctor about more frequent screenings.

    • Breast Women over 65 should get a mammogram every 1-2 years and should check themselves monthly for lumps

    • Diabetes If you have high blood pressure or cholesterol make sure your doctor tests you for diabetes

    • Emotional health Talk with your doctor if you’re feeling depressed, anxious, lethargic, or fatigued

    • Skin Women over 65 should check their skin monthly for abnormal moles and should see their dermatologist for an exam annually

       

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