Preventative Care Tests for Ages 50+

By: Matthew Funeral Home
Monday, November 23, 2020

Taking care of yourself, and your health is vital to living a longer, happier life. As you reach an advanced age, it is important to take a few extra steps to ensure that you are on top of potential health concerns. This article will discuss important preventative care tests that allow your primary care physician and other doctors to assess your overall health, and screen for potential problems. Talk with your doctor about care options, and which preventative care tests are recommended for your health needs. 

Costs of Tests

The cost of these tests should not stop you from taking these, as the medical costs down the line from something a test could have caught can be astronomical. Most of the tests mentioned below can help doctors identify signs of life-threatening conditions such as cancer or cardiopulmonary issues. Most health plans, as well as Medicare, pay for preventative tests. Your doctor can help you with further cost support options, or connect you with low-cost or free options in your area. 

Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can lead to a heart attack, kidney damage, eye damage, and even stroke. Most people should get their blood pressure checked by their doctor every 2 years, or more often if it is high. Your doctor may want to monitor your blood pressure more often if it is above average.

Cholesterol

One of the main risk factors of heart disease, one of the top causes of death in America, is high cholesterol. People over the age of 40 should talk with their doctor to determine how often screening is needed, but the average person should get tested every 4-6 years at least. 

Colon Cancer Screenings

Colon cancer is the third most common type that affects older Americans, with over 100,000 new cases yearly. There are a number of different tests that can be used to screen for signs of cancer in the colon. Getting one or more of these tests, as determined by your physician, can make it easier to identify any potential issues. Colonoscopies, Sigmoidoscopies, stool DNA testing, fecal occult blood tests, and CT colonography can all be used to screen for colon cancer. 

Mammograms

Mammograms are the best way to screen for early signs of breast cancer development. According to the American Cancer Society, women over 40 should get a mammogram yearly. Family history and other factors can help your doctor determine how often you may need to get tested.

Bone Mineral Density

A bone mineral density test checks your risk of developing osteoporosis. This is a condition that weakens bones and can make falling even more dangerous. Most health experts suggest that women receive this test at age 65, and age 70 for men.If you are at high risk for developing osteoporosis, your doctor may recommend that you be tested sooner.

Diabetes Screening

Diabetes affects about 10% of all Americans. Almost 28% of all those with diabetes are undiagnosed. Diabetes can lead to eyesight problems, including cataracts and blindness; kidney disease; and even limb amputation when not properly managed. Ask your doctor about how often you should be screened for diabetes. 

 

Matthew Funeral Home does not provide medical or healthcare advice via articles.  This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for medical advice. 

For almost 50 years, Matthew Funeral Home has been serving the Staten Island community. We can help with almost every aspect of your loved one’s memorial service. Our family is here to serve yours, every step of the way.

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Alcohol Abuse and Grief

When grieving, many people turn to things that can comfort or distract them from the pain. It is not uncommon for some people to reach for a bottle of alcohol for this. For many people, alcohol can...

A Guide to Sympathy Meals

When a friend or family member passes away, people may send sympathy meals to the immediate family. Sympathy meals are a good way to show your support for the family while providing them with a mea...

Aging Loved Ones and Care Options

The elderly stage of life can be a difficult time for many people. As time goes on, you may notice that your aging loved one is moving slower, unable to take care of themselves properly, or becomin...

Donating to a Charity Post-Mortem

It feels good to help others. Whether you donate your time or money, helping a charitable cause is a good way to help those in need. It is not uncommon for altruistic individuals to leave some sort...

Grief After The Loss of A Pet

Pets are always there for us. They greet us at the door when we come home, they keep us company, and they comfort us when we need cheering up. Your pets aren’t just animals, they are an essential p...

Jewish Funeral Rites are Eco-Friendly

While green burials tend to be a newer concept, making choices in your funeral plans to be more eco-friendly is not. In fact, the Jewish faith and tradition tend to follow more eco-friendly practic...

Showing Support If You Miss The Funeral

Funerals are a time to say a final goodbye to those lost, and a chance to come together in mourning. The funeral is also a time to provide support to those closest to the deceased. If you are unabl...

Remembering Those Who Served

As Memorial Day is on the horizon, we look for ways to honor those who have fought for our country. Memorial Day for many people is a time for barbeques and parades. But, many people have lost a cl...

Event: Learn About Memorial Day

Matthew Funeral Home is offering an opportunity for children of the community to learn about Memorial Day. Join us for a memorial mass and a tribute to those who served our country on Monday, May 3...

Religious Holidays and Losing the Older Generation

With religious holidays such as Easter, Ramadan, and Passover just around the corner, it is common for those of faith to follow their respective traditions. As more of the younger generations becom...