Healthy living in your 90s

You're in your 90s! 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 Medicare.gov. 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

Flu

Hepatitis A, B, and C

HIV

Osteoporosis

Pneumonia

Shingles

Sexually transmitted infections

Tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough

Tuberculosis

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, 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.