If you’re a man, aged 65 or older, you should visit your healthcare provider for regular checkups even if you feel fine. Annual health screenings can help you identify potential problems and even avoid major health issues in the future. Below is a sample screening schedule that will help keep your health on track.
- You should see your primary care physician at least once a year for a physical exam.
- This is also a good time to discuss any changes in mood, memory or mobility.
- Once a year during your regularly scheduled physical but if you have hypertension, diabetes or a history of kidney problems, you should have your blood pressure checked more often.
- Once every three years if your cholesterol levels are normal. If you have a history of high cholesterol, you may need to have it checked once a year during your regular physical.
- After age 65 and until age 75, you’ll want to have a colonoscopy once every 10 years unless you’re at risk for colon cancer.
- You should also have a flexible sigmoidoscopy every five to 10 years
- A P.S.A. blood test for prostate cancer is only recommended for men in overall poor health or are at risk for prostate cancer.
- Seniors who are smokers or have a history of smoking should discuss screening options with their doctor.
- Adults over the age of 65 should consider a pneumococcal vaccine, especially if you’ve never had one.
- Seniors should get a flu shot every year.
- If you’ve ever had chicken pox, you should consider getting the shingles vaccine.
- Dental health is a vital part of overall health. Be sure to see the dentist for a cleaning and exam at least once a year.
Eye and Hearing
- You should have an eye exam every one to two years, especially if you have vision problems or are at risk for glaucoma.
- You should have your hearing checked at least once a year.