Though most health concerns affect senior men and women almost equally, some conditions are a higher risk for females. This makes it crucial for your elderly loved one to keep up on her annual health checkups. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of senior home care Vancouver families trust, has put together a list of a few serious conditions your loved one can get screened for regularly.
Bone Mineral Density
Women aged 65 and older should receive a bone mineral density test to determine their risk for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis causes the bones to become weak and could result in your loved one breaking her bones during a fall. Eating a diet rich in calcium and getting regular exercise can keep your loved one’s bones from weakening over time.
Your loved one should receive a breast cancer screening every 2 years until she is 74. After the age of 75, she should talk with her doctor to determine if getting breast cancer screenings in the future is the best route for her health. Mammograms can help catch breast cancer in its earliest stages when it’s most treatable. Getting regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight can help your loved one prevent breast cancer.
High Blood Pressure
Many senior women have undetected high blood pressure, which can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and eye and kidney problems. Getting regular blood pressure screenings is the only way to discover high blood pressure because it has no symptoms. If your loved one has normal blood pressure levels (120/80 or lower), she should have her blood pressure checked every 2 years, and once a year if her levels are between 120/80 and 139/89. If your loved one’s blood pressure has risen over 140/90, talk to her doctor about treatment options to reduce it. A nutritious diet, regular exercise, and medication can all keep blood pressure levels in a healthy range.
As women age, many develop intolerance to insulin. This results in a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. If your loved one has high blood pressure or takes medication for high blood pressure, she should be screened once a year for diabetes. Left untreated, diabetes can damage the kidneys, cause heart disease, and affect eye health. Maintaining a healthy weight, eating a nutritious diet, and getting regular exercise can lower your loved one’s risk of getting diabetes.
Some senior women may have difficulty transitioning into a healthier lifestyle. If your loved one needs help with regular exercise, nutritious meal prep, and medication reminders, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our live-in and part-time caregivers can assist her with these and many other daily tasks. We also offer comprehensive Alzheimer’s, post-stroke, and Parkinson’s care Vancouver seniors can rely on. For more information and to schedule a free consultation, call one of our Case Managers today at (778) 279-3634.