As you get older, it’s even more important to keep track of your health. Preventive screenings are critical so that your doctor can identify and treat any potential problems as quickly as possible. Many diseases and conditions are more treatable if they are detected early. It can also be very advantageous to have the help of a 24/7 Greater Hartford caregiver who is able to monitor and take note of any changes in health, behavior or habits.
To help you promote your health, wellness and longevity, we’ve listed the three most important health screenings for seniors:
- Breast Cancer Screening – Mammography, the recommended screening for breast cancer, is proven to save the most lives in women ages 50-69. After age 40, you should have a mammogram once every two years. For this test, your breasts are compressed for about 30 seconds while X-rays are taken. Your doctor will look for any abnormalities and schedule follow-up testing if necessary. Home breast exams should also be conducted once every month while in the shower, in front of a mirror or while lying down.
- Colorectal Cancer – This health screening is strongly recommended for all adults older than age 50. Experts suggest that these tests may reduce deaths from colon cancer by around 40 percent. Screening methods vary, ranging from a simple stool sample to anoutpatient colonoscopy procedure. Your doctor can recommend the test that’s right for you.
- Cardiovascular Screenings – These are perhaps the most important screenings for seniors; they are noninvasive, simple to do in the doctor’s office, and detect a host of common, life-threatening conditions that may not show outward symptoms. Cardiovascular screenings test your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar. These tests identify risk for stroke, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer.
In addition to these three tests, doctors indicate that seniors should be screened for osteoporosis, depression, and prostate cancer. Screening recommendations vary based on your individual risk factors, so talk with your doctor about which tests you may need.
If you need transportation assistance or a caregiving companion to you to an upcoming medical appointment, contact Greater Hartford Home Care Assistance at 860.372.4500. Our caregivers are available 24/7 and can also offer in-home assistance for activities of daily living and personal care!