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Similar to the way we maintain a vehicle or a home, it is important to take care of yourself—body, mind and spirit. As you reach a new decade, it is an opportunity to assess your overall wellness and take steps to stay healthy.

For your best health in your 80’s:

  • Be physically active
  • Be nutritionally smart
  • Avoid tobacco
  • Visit your doctor regularly for check ups
  • Be in-the-know about preventative screenings
  • Take safety precautions

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  • Annual mole and overall skin exam
  • Practice monthly self-exam of all moles

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  • Baseline cholesterol panel—total, LDL, HDL and triglycerides
  • Blood pressure—at least annually
  • Fasting cholesterol test every five years

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Eyes, Ears and Teeth

  • Vision exam—every one to two years
  • Annual hearing exam
  • Semiannual dental visits for exam and cleaning

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  • Annual fecal occult blood test
  • Colonoscopy—every ten years

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  • Tetanus once every ten years
  • Influenza—annually
  • Pneumococcal—one time only
  • Shingles vaccine—one time only

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  • Diabetes check—fasting blood glucose—every three years
  • Screening for memory changes
  • Screening for depression
  • Screening for risk of falls
  • Discuss medication interaction with physicians

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Men’s Health

  • Digital prostate screening with your physician
  • Osteoporosis screening for men with risk factors

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Women’s Health

  • Monthly self breast exams
  • Annual mammogram
  • Internal exam with pap test—every one to three years
  • Bone density test—discuss with your provider