As both men and women age, health screenings become an important prevention mechanism for early detection of a potential health crisis. SeniorAge Senior Activity Centers partner with medical professionals to offer a variety of screenings at the center. Some of these services include:
- Hearing Tests
- Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
- Foot Clinics
- Flu Shots
- Bone Density
- Falls Risk Assessment
The Senior Foundation of the Ozarks also hosts an annual Fearless Aging Expo which provides opportunity for a variety of free health screenings and wellness checks. This event is held each spring and promotes healthy aging practices and houses over 100 vendor resources in our community.
We believe it is extremely important for seniors to attend regular check-ups and take part in preventative health screenings to ensure health, happiness, and longevity. Below are some of the screenings recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), created by the Centers for Disease Control:
Breast Cancer Screening
Woman over the age of 40 should receive a screening mammogram for breast cancer every 1 to 2 years. The benefits of screening to reduce breast cancer mortality are found to be strongest for women ages 50-69.
Both men and women should be screened for this type of cancer after the age of 50. There are a variety of screening methods and frequency recommendations, so ask your doctor what he or she recommends for your specific health situation.
High Blood Pressure Screening
Beginning at age 35 for men and age 45 for women, periodic screening for high blood pressure and high cholesterol can effectively reduce the risk of developing the serious cardiac problems associated with these conditions. In addition, adults of all ages should be screened for obesity and counseled about its related health issues.
Beginning at age 65 or 60 if additional risk factors or present, women should have a bone density screening to assess risk for developing osteoporosis. While osteoporosis is more common among women, men should still undergo screening tests.
Though an age was not associated with this recommendation, the USPSTF recommends that all “elderly adults” should have an annual vision test. Vision problems can be the source of more serious complications and can increase a senior’s risk for falls or accidents at home. Early screening and detection can not only helps to preserve vision, but to promote independence for seniors.
Many seniors suffer from depression and/or other mental health problems, so screening for these issues is an important counterpoint to physical health screenings.
In addition to these screenings, your primary care physician may recommend other tests based on your personal health history, family history, and other risk factors. Regular visits to your doctor are critical to help prevent serious illness as you age.