Routine and Preventive Care
The CDC reports:
If everyone in the US received recommended clinical preventive care, we could save over 100,000 lives each year.* Regular health exams and tests can prevent problems before they start and detect conditions earlier, when chances for treatment and cure are better.
Talk to Your Doctor
Ask questions and talk about how you are feeling. Topics to discuss may include weight; feeling sad, down, or hopeless; and concerns you might have about falling.
Regular Check Ups
Make sure to have your teeth cleaned and vision checked regularly.
Get an annual flu shot. If you are 65 or older, talk to you doctor about the pneumonia shot.
Know your numbers like blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol.
Stay up to date on your colorectal cancer screening, mammogram, and other tests recommended by your healthcare professional. Early treatment is key.
Contact your health care provider to learn which preventive care is right for you.
Contact your doctor to learn which healthy lifestyle programs, like the Diabetes Prevention Program, are right for you.
Annual Wellness Visit
Medicare offers an annual wellness visit to your health care professional.
Get the Most out of Your Doctor’s Visit
Communicating well with your doctor is an important part of getting good medical care. The National Institute on Aging provides articles and worksheets that will help you prepare for a medical appointment, discuss sensitive topics, manage your medications, choose a new doctor, and coordinate help from family caregivers.