preventive measures are available and recommended for people over the age of
65. These guidelines follow the recommendations by the U.S. Preventive Services
Task Force (USPSTF) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and are based on
extensive clinical data.
important preventive and screening measures for seniors.
- Influenza vaccination
- Pneumonia vaccination
- Vaccination against shingles (60 and older; some
doctors recommend starting at age 50)
cancer screening for adults between ages 50 and 75 (younger
starting age in high risk groups)
cancer screening with yearly mammogram
for females between 40 and 75 (younger starting age for high risk groups)
- Prostate cancer
screening with annual rectal exam and PSA (prostate sensitive antigen) in
males above age 50
- Osteoporosis screening with bone
density scan in women above age of 65
- Lipid disorder screening yearly for men above 35 and
women above 45
- Diabetes screening in people with high blood pressure,
high cholesterol, obesity,
or previous high blood sugar levels with or without symptoms of diabetes
- Blood pressure screening at least once a year
- Smoking cessation counseling
recommended by doctors are:
- vision and hearing exams
- skin cancer screening
- cardiac stress
- thyroid function tests
- mental status exam
- peripheral vascular disease screening
these are general health maintenance guidelines, primary care doctors may draft
an individualized plan for each person based on their personal history.
to be performed periodically. As people get older, the benefits of detecting
certain diseases may diminish, obviating the need for further screening.
Accordingly, the patient’s primary physician may help guide patients with their
decisions regarding recommended health screening tests.
associated with certain tests may outweigh the potential benefits. Therefore,
there are times when the right decision for an individual is to not have
further testing for certain conditions.
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