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Healthy living in your 70s

Healthy living in your 70s

You're in your 70s! What can you do to be as healthy as possible? Your yearly wellness visit is a good time to talk about your personalized prevention plan. This plan helps keep you well and healthy. If your doctor or nurse accepts Medicare, you will not pay anything for your yearly wellness visit. The yearly wellness visit is not the same as an annual exam or physical. Learn more at Get the conversation started at your next wellness visit with this list.

Every day, I will try to:
Eat healthy — use the MyPlate Plan to get started
Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity. Each week I will do aerobic activity and exercises to improve my balance and strengthen my muscles. I will talk to my doctor about any conditions that limit my ability to do regular physical activity.
Get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep
Reach and maintain a healthy weight
Get help to quit or not start smoking
Limit alcohol use to 1 drink or less
Not use illegal drugs or misuse prescription drugs
Wear a helmet when riding a bike and wear protective gear for sports
Wear a seat belt in cars and not text and drive
I will talk to my doctor at least once a year about:
My weight, height, diet, and physical activity level
Whether I use tobacco, alcohol, or drugs
Any violence in my life
Depression and any other mental health concerns
Who will make health care decisions for me if I am unable to
I will ask my doctor whether I am at higher risk of or need tests, medicines, or vaccines this year for:
Blood pressure
Breast cancer prevention medicines
Colorectal cancer
Hepatitis A, B, and C
Lung cancer (if I smoke now or have quit within the last 15 years)
Sexually transmitted infections
Tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough
Urinary incontinence

The decision to get any medical test or procedure, at any age, is a personal one between you and your doctor. These age ranges may not apply to every person.

These guidelines are based on recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (link is external), the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the Women's Preventive Services Guidelines, the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.