As we get older, our bodies become more vulnerable to a variety of health risks. Keeping track of your health with simple in-home checks can help detect and diagnose serious conditions early on. While these easy self-inspections can be helpful, whenever something doesn’t seem quite right, it’s always best to make an appointment to see your physician.
Examine Your Moles
Many people fail to notice abnormal moles or other changing spots on their skin. Examine moles on your neck, back, legs, and arms for bleeding, growth, or change in shape or coloration. Anything unusual could be a sign of skin cancer, which is especially common as people age, and usually treatable. If you’re having trouble examining your own skin, enlist the help of a family member or hourly in-home Greater Hartford caregiver and consider tracking your moles using online resources such as skin-analytics.com.
Abnormalities with Eyesight
Your eyes can tell you many things about your overall quality of health. In a room with good light, pull your eyelid down in front of a mirror and check to see how pale the skin is underneath – this can be a sign that your diet lacks iron. Try dimming the lights and checking for blurred vision, eye pain, or halos around light sources, which can be signs of glaucoma. And don’t forget to see an eye specialist at least once a year after the age of 65 for regular check-ups.
Listen to your Heart
Doctors recommend checking your heart rate on your wrist, just below your thumb. If you find it hard to locate, checking for a beat on the carotid artery is also effective. Both a too-slow and a too-fast pulse can be problematic. Listen for one minute and check for normal ranges for your age. Another way to check for heart health is by wearing a heart rate monitor, which can provide you with resting heart rate and maximum heart rate. If you detect an irregular heartbeat, call your doctor right away.
Seniors should be careful about assuming that every change in their body is natural. Strange growths, aches, or just feeling a bit “off” can be the first sign of a greater problem. Early detection can help prolong lives. When in doubt, check it out and make an appointment with your doctor.
If you would like some in-home help maintaining a healthy, independent and dignified life, contact the professional and caring staff at Home Care Assistance of Greater Hartford by calling 860-372-4500. We would be happy to schedule a free in-home consultation to discuss your needs, concerns and lifestyle.