Has it been a while since your mom has gone to the doctor for a thorough check-up? If so, she’s not alone. Many people neglect going to the doctor when they are feeling fine or believe they have their health under control. National Women’s Check-Up Day was created as a means of drawing awareness to the importance of women taking charge of their health to control or prevent health conditions. Many of the conditions that are at the top of the list of the causes for female mortality are ones that women can have an impact on through regular visits to their doctors and lifestyle changes. Regular check-ups can detect conditions and diseases in their early stages when they stand the best chances of being treated or cured.
If your mom has been putting off seeing the doctor, there are several screenings she may be overdue for. Below is a list of some of the screenings that the Office on Women’s Health, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recommends for women age 65 or older.
- Osteoporosis: Women should be tested for osteoporosis at the age of 65. The doctor may recommend periodic repeat testing.
- Breast Cancer: Women should be screened every two years until they reach the age of 75. After the age of 75, talk to the doctor about whether your mom needs screening.
- High Blood Pressure: Blood pressure should be tested at least every two years for women with normal blood pressure. If blood pressure is elevated, it should be tested at least yearly.
- Cholesterol: A doctor should check cholesterol levels regularly. Your mom’s doctor will determine how often testing is needed.
- Diabetes: Women age 65 and older should be screened for diabetes if they have high blood pressure or take medication for high blood pressure.
- Colorectal Cancer: Women should be tested for colorectal cancer through the age of 75.
In addition to seeing a medical doctor regularly, your mom should also see a dentist every six months and an eye doctor at least every two years, or yearly if she has vision problems or wears glasses.
If you are concerned that your mom is neglecting her health, hiring a senior care provider can help ease some of your worries and help your mom take charge of her health. A senior care provider can help you to keep tabs on your what your mom eats or assist her with shopping for and cooking healthy meals. A senior care provider may also be able to drive your mom to appointments and can remind her to take her prescription medications.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from senior care in Martinez, CA, contact the caregivers at A Better Living Home Care Agency. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care. Call 925-566-2366 for more information.