National Women's Health Week

May 13–19, 2018

Your 90s

go to your 20s
go to your 30s
go to your 40s
go to your 50s
go to your 60s
go to your 70s
go to your 80s
go to your 90s

You're in your 90s! What can you do to be as healthy as possible?

90s lady

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.

In addition to talking with your doctor or nurse about your health and safety, you may also need certain vaccines (shots) and medical tests. You do not need every test every year. You may decide to stop doing some tests you used to get every year.

The 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).
Your doctor can help you with more than just tests and vaccines. If you are feeling sad or having trouble driving, eating, sleeping, using the bathroom, or getting dressed, talk to your doctor or nurse. He or she can help you figure out how to do the things you want to safely. Find more senior-friendly health information 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 ways to get active if I have health conditions that limit my mobility
  • Get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep
  • Reach and maintain a healthy weight
  • Get help to quit or don't start smoking
  • Wear a helmet when riding a bike and wear protective gear for sports
  • Wear a seatbelt in cars and not text and drive
  • Limit alcohol use to one drink or less
  • 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
  • Flu
  • Hepatitis B and hepatitis C
  • HIV  
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pneumonia
  • Shingles
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, or whooping cough
  • Tuberculosis


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.