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Top 4 Health Screenings for Seniors in 2014

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Health screenings are an important part of preventive care for seniors, but changing recommendations from health care professionals can make it challenging to keep track of which screenings are necessary for good health. In addition, screenings for individuals over the age of 65 can vary by gender as well. While you should discuss your personal screening requirements with your personal physician, the following outline the top 4 health screenings recommended by Home Care Assistance Vancouver:

  1. Blood Pressure Test – Known as “the silent killer” because there typically are no symptoms, high blood pressure can damage your heart, arteries and other vital organs. Seniors with normal blood pressure should be checked every two years. If your blood pressure is between 120/80 and 139/39, you’ll need a test every year.
  2. Cholesterol Test – Cholesterol is a waxy substance that can clog arteries and lead to heart disease and stroke. Most experts recommend regular cholesterol screening, however ask your doctor during your next visit for a more concise timeline that is tailored to your individual health. If you have an aging parent or loved one who has already suffered from a stroke, maintaining cholesterol levels is of the utmost importance and should be monitored regularly. Ensure optimal health for an aging loved one and click here to learn about professional hourly and live-in stroke care in Vancouver.
  3. Colorectal Cancer Screening – Seniors between the age of 60 and 75 should be screened for colorectal cancer to identify and treat polyps and abnormalities. Generally, stool tests are completed every year, a flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years and a colonoscopy every 10 years.
  4. Diabetes Screening – If you take high blood pressure medicine or your reading is higher than 135/80, you doctor will likely recommend regular diabetes screenings. Untreated diabetes can to serious health consequences, including heart disease, kidney disease, blindness and limb amputations.

In addition to these four tests, senior women are advised to be screened for breast cancer every two years until age 74 and screened for osteoporosis at age 65. There are many other factors that your health team will consider when recommending health screenings, including your family health history, level of sexual activity and behaviors like drinking and smoking.

If you would like to learn more about senior health and wellness or are interested in professional hourly or live-in care services in Vancouver for yourself or an aging loved one, contact a devoted Care Manager today at 778-279-3634 and schedule your complimentary, no-obligation consultation.