You're in your 60s! What can you do to be as healthy as possible?
Be healthier with one, or all, of the steps below! Get the conversation started at your next well-woman visit with this list.
A well-woman visit is a yearly preventive checkup with your doctor. It's a time to check in on how you're doing, how you'd like to be doing, and what changes you can make to reach your health goals.
In addition to talking with your doctor or nurse about your health, you may also need certain vaccines (shots) and medical tests. You do not need every test every year!
Are you younger than 65? A yearly well-woman visit won't cost you anything extra if you already have health insurance. Most private health plans cover certain preventive care benefits, including a yearly well-woman visit, without charging a copay, coinsurance, or making you meet your deductible. If you don't have insurance, you can still see a doctor or nurse for free or low-cost at a health center near you.
When you turn 65, Medicare plans must also cover your annual wellness visit and other preventive care services at no cost to you (if your doctor accepts assignment). Take advantage of the "Welcome to Medicare" visit in the first year after you get Medicare. Afterwards your doctor will give you a plan or checklist with free screenings and preventive services that you need.
It can be difficult to manage your health while living with a chronic condition like diabetes, heart disease, or COPD. Take it one day at a time and remember that you have to take care of yourself before you can help care for others. Get personalized recommendations at myhealthfinder.
Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity (talk to your doctor about any limiting chronic conditions)
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 one 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
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
Preventing falls with vitamin D and exercise (65 and older*)
Who will make health care decisions for me if I am unable to
Ask if I need these tests, medicines, or vaccines this year:
Hepatitis B and hepatitis C
Osteoporosis (65 and older*)
Pap and HPV (65 and younger*)
Sexually transmitted infections
* The decision to get any medical test or procedure is a personal one between you and your doctor, at any age. These age ranges are suggested by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations and may not apply to every person.
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