Senior Care in Cave Creek, AZ
When adults reach age 60, there are many medical screenings that doctors recommend they get. Some screenings need to be done every year, every two years, or at prescribed intervals. The purpose of these screenings is to catch any serious medical conditions early on so that treatment can be started and have a better chance of being effective. For this reason, it is important for seniors to get these routine screenings. When seniors are aware of the state of their health, it is easier for them (and their caregivers) to make necessary lifestyle changes to help them take the best care of their health. Here are just a few examples of some routine medical screenings that seniors should not pass up.
• Blood Pressure
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death among Americans. Fortunately, cardiovascular disease can be prevented if problems are discovered early on and appropriate lifestyle changes are made. Seniors can learn more about the state of their heart health by getting their blood pressure checked once every two years, or more often if they have a history of high blood pressure. Discovering high blood pressure is the first step toward getting it under control.
Seniors should get their first routine colonoscopy at age 50 and once every 10 years thereafter. A colonoscopy can help identify possible colorectal cancer and other colon conditions that can decrease a senior’s quality of life.
• Eye Exam
Everyone’s eyes are unique and eye doctors may recommend different frequencies of eye screenings for different seniors. No matter how frequently it is done, however, routine eye exams are essential for catching problematic eye conditions early on. Eye conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts are common among seniors but they are treatable when detected early.
• Cholesterol Screening
High cholesterol levels can put seniors at risk for heart disease, heart attacks, and stroke. Because of this, it is essential for seniors to get their cholesterol screened regularly. A cholesterol screening can be completed with a simple blood test. If it shows that a senior has high cholesterol, their cholesterol levels can be lowered with medications and/or changes in diet.
• Blood Sugar/Diabetes
Catching diabetes early on is a great way to make sure it gets managed properly. Seniors should take a blood sugar test once every 3 years so that diabetes can be identified early and treatment can begin.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care services in Cave Creek, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
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