The 60s: Your Guide to Staying Healthy for Life
By the Decade
It shouldn’t be surprising, but if you’re a woman, most likely you’re busy with a capital B-U-S-Y. Over the years, your health may have fallen off the priority list, but now it’s time to give your well-being the VIP treatment. Starting today, it’s important for every woman, at every age, to create a foundation of good health.
In our on-going special five-part series, our team of obstetricians and gynecologists (OB/GYNs) at the Bingham Memorial Women’s Center have been discussing how you can stay healthy throughout your life—by-the-decade.
This month, Dr. Rex Nielsen, OB/GYN at Bingham Memorial Women’s Center, provides advice for women in their 60s. These include healthy strategies and important screenings that should be scheduled regularly, along with simple things women in their 60s can be doing on a daily basis to manage their health.
In Your 60s
Additionally, it’s never too late to start exercising. No matter what age you start, you get the benefits, Dr. Nielsen says. Just be sure to clear any new regimen with your doctor first.
Screenings to schedule
Also, ask if you need a shingles vaccine (at age 60) and a pneumonia shot (at age 65). Colonoscopies are recommended every 10 years, so you’re due again.
Do it Yourself: Keep your mind sharp by trying something new, whether it’s enrolling in a class or taking on a new hobby.
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Women in their 60s are at risk for melanoma (skin cancer), high cholesterol, breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, and stroke.
Recommended yearly tests and screenings in your 60s:
*Aspirin Therapy: talk to you doctor to see if daily low dose aspirin is appropriate for you to lower your risk for cardiovascular disease. View the 30's Infographic
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