National Women's Health Week

May 13–19, 2018

Your 70s

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You're in your 70s! What can you do to be as healthy as possible?

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Be healthier with one, or all, of the steps below! Get the conversation started at your next wellness visit with this list.

A wellness 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!

A yearly wellness visit won't cost you anything extra under Medicare. Medicare plans must cover certain preventive care, including a yearly wellness visit, at no cost to you (if your doctor accepts assignment).
Every woman's health is slightly different. Some tests and medicines are not recommended for all women after a certain age. Whether you want a certain test, or whether you want to continue a yearly test like mammograms, is a personal decision you can make with your doctor after talking about the benefits and risks. Find more information about recommended medical tests for seniors online.

To live a healthy life:

Every day I will try to:
  • Eat healthy — go to to get started
  • Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity — talk to my 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
  • Who will make health care decisions for me if I am unable to
Ask if I need these tests, medicines, or vaccines this year:
  • Blood pressure
  • Chickenpox
  • Cholesterol (75 and younger*)
  • Colorectal cancer (75 and younger*)
  • Diabetes (70 and younger*)
  • Flu
  • Hepatitis B and hepatitis C
  • HIV
  • Lung cancer
  • Mammogram (74 and younger*)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pneumonia
  • Shingles
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, or whooping cough
  • Tuberculosis

* 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.

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 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.