You're in your 80s! What can you do to be as healthy as possible? Your annual wellness visit is a good time to talk to your doctor or nurse about your personalized prevention plan. This plan helps prevent disease and disability based on your current health and past history.
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 don't start smoking
Limit alcohol use to 1 drink or less
Wear a helmet when riding a bike and wear protective gear for sports
Wear a seatbelt in cars and not text and drive
Not use illegal drugs or misuse prescription drugs
I will talk to my doctor at least once a year about:
My weight, height, diet, and physical activity level
My tobacco and alcohol use
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 if I need these tests, medicines, or vaccines this year:
Hepatitis B and hepatitis C
Lung cancer (80 and younger, if you smoke now or quit within the last 15 years*)
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