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The importance of essential health screenings at 65+

On the aging journey, life introduces health twists and turns you might not have expected.

From skin concerns like melanoma to the silent dangers of hypertension and cardiovascular disease, navigating this intricate path requires vigilance, regular check-ups and a proactive approach to overall well-being. In the face of potential health concerns, there is a positive shift when concentrating on what can be controlled. A proactive approach empowers you to navigate potential health challenges while cultivating a path to aging gracefully with informed choices and well-being at the forefront.

One powerful tool at your disposal is regular health screenings.

Screenings shed light on how early detection can be a cornerstone for preventing and effectively treating a range of illnesses.

Guidelines for screenings in adults aged 65 and older cover a range of tests personalized to factors like gender, medical history, risk factors, weight and family history.


Common screenings for individuals at 65 years and beyond

Annual blood pressure screenings are recommended as they play a crucial role in detecting hypertension, often known as a “silent killer” due to its asymptomatic nature. It also can be associated with heightened risks of cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and heart attacks.

Annual physical exams are vital for overall health because they address prescription medications, lifestyle factors, mental health and more. These appointments offer valuable opportunities to discuss health concerns and to receive necessary immunizations.

Diabetes screening is advised every three years for those in good health. However, individuals with additional risk factors, such as a family history of diabetes, a sedentary lifestyle, or a history of gestational diabetes, may need more frequent screenings.

For lung cancer screening, an annual low-dose CT scan is recommended, especially for individuals aged 65 and older with a history of smoking, regular smokers or those who quit within 15 years of turning 65.

Cholesterol screening is recommended every five years for those with normal cholesterol levels. This screening measures both LDL (bad) and HDL (good) cholesterol, with imbalances potentially leading to health risks such as heart attacks or strokes.

Breast cancer screening is crucial. Mammograms, recommended every one to two years for women up to age 75, are universally recognized for early detection. After 75, consult with health care providers to determine ongoing screening necessity. Tailored and informed breast health practices as individuals age is vital. Remember, early detection through regular mammograms significantly increases treatment success rates.

Cervical cancer screening is a consideration for those aged 65 and older. Typically, women without a history of cervical cancer may no longer need cervical screening tests after 65 if they’ve had three negative tests in the past decade.

Osteoporosis screening is encouraged for those aged 65 and older. Women over 64 are advised to undergo annual bone density scans. Men over 70, particularly those with a family history of osteoporosis, should consider screening.

Various screening options include ongoing assessments for skin cancer, prostate cancer, colonoscopy and relevant health evaluations. Discussions about vaccinations, especially for pneumococcal and shingles, are often part of health management around age 65.

As people age, prioritizing health becomes a dynamic journey. For individuals aged 65 and older, crucial screenings for high blood pressure, cholesterol, bone mineral density and others ensure well-being.

Common health checks, skin assessments, monitoring of blood pressure and cholesterol, eye exams, and immunizations, all form a comprehensive strategy for aging gracefully. These regular screenings that are tailored to individual factors help to proactively manage your health, cultivating a holistic perspective on well-being as you enjoy the golden years with resilience and vitality.

The above should be considered general advice. For any health-related concerns, consult your doctor.


Los Angeles Residential & Assisted Living at Hollenbeck Palms

Experience the freedom you deserve in retirement. When it comes to selecting your ideal retirement destination, choice is paramount at Hollenbeck Palms. Our offerings include four distinct senior residential apartment buildings, all designed to cater to the diverse needs of our residents, including their health. From intimate and well-organized cozy studios to spacious two-bedroom, two-bath suites complete with walk-in closets and full kitchens, Hollenbeck Palms ensures there’s something to suit every preference.

The exceptional living experience isn’t possible without our professional nursing and care staff at Hollenbeck Palms. They deliver comprehensive assisted living services, meticulously customized to individual needs, all within the comfort of your apartment. We go the extra mile in assisting with activities of daily living, allowing you to relish the continuity of living in your familiar surroundings.

Aging with grace, and in one place, defines our assisted living program at Hollenbeck Palms, where we prioritize every aspect of your well-being.

Should you require further details, feel free to reach out to Zhana Dubin, our Marketing Director, via phone at 323.307.4505 or send an email to [email protected].