Maintaining Women’s Health During The Senior Years
57% of seniors over 65 years of age in the US are women. The number increases with age because women tend to live longer than men. For women to continue to thrive into their senior years, it’s important to know about women’s health issues. (Institute on Aging)
Key Aspects of Women’s Health
Some of the common conditions that affect seniors – including stroke, heart disease, and depression – affect more women than men each year. This is one of several reasons why women should be aware of their health as they age. (NICHD)
Unfortunately, aging can take its toll on women’s health. That is why senior women need to pay attention to symptoms of problems in these categories and be sure to visit their doctor for regular exams.
Watch for signs of problems in the following areas, as they are common issues for older women:
- Blood pressure
- Blood sugar
- Reproductive Health
Cancer, cysts, and other health problems can strike after menopause. Women over 65 should continue to get mammograms and see a gynecologist.
Besides maintaining healthy teeth and gums, regular dental visits can alert senior women to health problems that commonly include oral symptoms.
Eye and ear exams help seniors stay safe and independent.
Although talking about digestive health and experiencing exams like a colonoscopy can be uncomfortable, the risk of digestive problems increases as women age, and such conditions can be serious.
It’s common for seniors to experience isolation, depression, anxiety, memory loss, and other mental health issues. Women are more prone than men to many of these conditions. (Medline Plus)
Important Screenings and Tests for Senior Women
Women over 65 should have the following screenings and tests:
- Blood pressure and sugar tests
- Breast and pelvic exams
- Colorectal screenings
- Eye screening
- Hearing test
- Bone density test
- Cholesterol screening
- Dental exam
- Skin screening
Take Preventive Steps!
If you have risk factors of certain diseases (hereditary conditions, being a smoker or overweight, etc.) take preventive steps against those specific risks. Often, a change in diet or lifestyle can make a difference in preventing or delaying conditions you are prone to!
Home Care Tip:
Many hospitals and senior centers offer free classes, resources, and other forms of support for healthy living. The social and educational nature of these offerings can empower women to age well, so encourage them to participate.