Steps to take to be healthy: men ages 65 and over
You should visit your doctor often, even if you feel healthy. The purpose of these visits is to: screen for health care issues, rate your risk for future health problems, support a healthy life and make sure you have all your shots. Help you get to know your doctor
Blood pressure:Each 1-2 years, based on your risks.
Cholesterol testing: Each 5 years, based on your risks.
Diabetes (High blood sugar): Each 3 years, based on your risks.
Osteoporosis (brittle bones): Bone health is of worry for all aging adults, so don’t skip this in your plan to being healthy. Men should check with with a doctor about their own risks and make a plan for testing between the ages of 50 and 70.
Colon cancer testing: Age 50-75, testing for colon cancer is in the form of fecal tests, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy. Testing, based on the test, is done each 5 or 10 years.
Immunizations: At age 65 or older, get a pneumococcal shot if you have never had one, or if it has been more than 5 years since you had the shot. Men in this age range should also have an yearly flu shot, tetanus boosters (each 10 years), and a shingles or herpes (cold sores) zoster shot after age 60.
Hearing test: Older adults go through age-related hearing loss often, so be sure to have your hearing checked if you have any hearing loss warnings.