There’s no denying that as we get older, our bodies start to change and they aren’t what they use to be. While we may feel young at heart, not the same can be said for our physical body and it’s important that we look after it. However, by being mindful of our health throughout our lives and by being proactive in taking the appropriate checks on our health, we can ensure we’re doing everything we can to live a long and happy life. When you reach your sixties there are often extra health check ups that are good to book in for, some of which your doctor may prompt you to do, as was the case with my mam when she turned the big 6-0 and other times you’ll need to research and book in yourself.
Not sure where to get started? In today’s guide, I’m going to take a dive into what you could be looking out for and keeping an eye on, all to ensure you’re living life to its full potential at any age.
Eyesight is one of the most common parts of our anatomy to go as we age, so it’s important to make sure you’re taking regular tests, at least once every year over the age of 60 to ensure you’re receiving any treatments you may need. Not only will vision tests help you make the most out of your life, but there’s, of course, a huge safety risk you’ll want to think about.
You need to be able to see where you’re going!
Cancer Screening Tests
The older you get, the more at risk you are to certain kinds of cancer, which will vary dramatically depending on the lifestyle choices you’ve made throughout your life. Some of the most common forms of screening are bowel screenings, breast screenings, cervical screenings, and more. If you find any kind of symptoms, it’s always a good idea to get checked because the earlier you can address these issues, the better you can be at resolving them.
Like vision, hearing is another sense that will begin to decline over time, especially when you start to head into old age and especially depending on your lifestyle in earlier life, such as working in loud environments or with heavy machinery. To counter this, go to your doctor to carry out hearing tests and to see whether hearing aids can make a huge difference.
Hearing problems can affect you slowly, and most of the time, you won’t even realise they’re happening because it’s such a gradual process, so take regular checkups to keep on top of this.
Blood Pressure Tests
Your blood pressure can be such a huge indicator of other problems your body may be experiencing, as well as a problem itself. It’s relatively effortless to get a blood pressure test either from your doctor, or you can even get a test you can use yourself at home which you can buy online, or you may even be given one by your doctor if required.
While old age does inevitably bring medical health conditions you’ll need to be aware of, it’s important to remember that many of these can be addressed if discovered early, and there are plenty of remedies that exist to help make your life and your wellbeing better. Be proactive in looking after yourself, and you’ll be actively taking steps to live the best version of your life possible.