What health checks do I need at 65?

Blog 24 January 2020

Health is the true wealth, and for those 65 years and over, it’s important to stay proactive. You likely don’t need to hear again that diet and exercise are key. They are. But so are the check-ups that you should book in for at regular intervals.

Here we just want to signpost a few of the things those entering their later years will want to stay aware of. As always, nothing takes the place of professional medical advice. If you feel that you need anything checked out, consult with your General Practitioner.

Visual health

Generally speaking, our visual health gets a good amount of attention. It is usually fairly apparent when some sort of intervention is required.  But while our eyesight tends to deteriorate with age, the good news is that your GP can get a pretty good idea with some quick, easy and non-invasive tests.

A Snellen Chart (the one with the progressively smaller letters) will tell your GP quite a bit about your eye health. Further tests for cataracts and macular degeneration can be performed by eye specialists.

Hearing

Hearing is another aspect of our health that tends to deteriorate with age. Luckily, just like with our eyesight, age related hearing loss is something that can be diagnosed with fairly non-invasive tests. 

The technology is only getting better as well, hearing aids have come a long way in recent years. If you’re experiencing hearing loss, know that you can address it. Some hearing aids these days even feature a Bluetooth connection that makes using your smartphone a breeze. 

Prostate health

Conditions of the prostate may be male specific. But they warrant a mention here specifically because they predominantly affect older men, and older men statistically aren’t too good at getting themselves checked out.

Cancer Council claims that prostate cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in Australian men. With 63% of cases diagnosed in men over 65, it is important to have the conversation with your GP about prostate health.

Bone density and Osteoporosis

Bone density is another important health consideration for those over 65. As we age, our bodies can start to fall behind on replacing the mineral content of our bones. Our skeleton can become brittle and break as the result of minor bumps and falls.

Bone density can be of particular concern for older women. In Australian women over 50 years of age, an estimated 23% have a low bone density. The good news is that more is being learned about osteoporosis and bone density every day. The treatments are improving in efficacy and more is being uncovered about the link between lifestyle choice and bone health.

Skin health

Good skin health is about more than just looking good. Moisturising and avoiding excessive sun exposure are great ways of avoiding a host of skin related issues. As we age our skin will become agitated or injure more easily and heal more slowly. A qualified medical professional, like a dermatologist, is your best bet for anything that you are unsure about.

Live well in The Village

The Village Retirement Group is a collection of communities that brings together like minded retirees looking for more than just a retirement facility. Our communities are filled with those who appreciate and look after their own health. Staying active, eating well, access to medical professionals and engaging in regular social activities are all part of the lifestyle our community member lead with us at The Village.

If you’ve been considering a move into one of our community villages, you can make an enquiry below or book a tour.

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