September is National Healthy Aging Month

Published: Sep. 28, 2023 at 9:49 AM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Aging into the golden years comes with its own set of challenges, particularly relating to health. Doctors recommend an increased number of medical screenings and procedures for seniors.

Bone mineral density tests are recommended for anyone over the age of 65, but particularly women, to monitor the risk of osteoporosis.

The CDC also recommends receiving pneumonia vaccines every five years or so, and having blood work done once a year to screen for a wide variety of problems including diabetes, thyroid disorders, and kidney dysfunction.

The American Cancer Society says that women should continue to receive mammograms every two years up through age 75.

Men over the age of 65 are at much higher risk for life-threatening aortic aneurysms. This risk can be increased by obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, tobacco use, or a family history of aneurysms. A doctor may recommend lifestyle changes such as exercise and a balanced diet to help prevent an aortic aneurysm.

Both men and women over the age of 65 are at a higher risk for glaucoma, an eye disease that damages the optic nerves. Eye exams are recommended every one to two years for adults 55 and older. Even if they do not suspect any problem, early diagnosis and treatment are key to preventing vision loss.

Remember to communicate regularly with your health provider to ensure that you are properly managing your health and lifestyle.