With the Golden Years upon you and retirement in sight, your 60s pose a world of opportunities. Osteoporosis may start to become a concern, but Atlantic Health System Women’s Health can help ensure that bone health and other medical issues don’t derail your plans. Whether you’re going to travel or just spend more time with the grandkids, the following recommendations can help you stay active and enjoy all that life in your 60s has to offer:
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If you haven’t already, it’s time to form a relationship with a primary care physician. This partnership is critical to your health now and in the years to come. Those over the age of 65 may want to consider finding a geriatric medicine physician who is trained in the unique health care needs of older adults.
- Get an annual wellness exam. After age 60, you may not need as many screenings as you once did, so it’s important to talk to your doctor about what’s best for you. If you are between the ages of 65 and 75 and have ever smoked, an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening may be recommended.
- Review your vaccinations and keep them up to date. Get the shingles vaccine if you haven’t already and start the pneumonia vaccine at age 65 or older. Learn more about vaccinations >
- If you plan on traveling in retirement, take precautions so you don’t become ill while abroad. Learn about Atlantic Health System’s travel medicine program >
- Go for a mammogram every other year, depending on your risk category, and practice self-exams to prevent breast cancer. Learn more about mammograms and breast imaging >
- Take the pap smear off your list of required tests at age 65 if you’ve had three consecutive normal results within 10 years.
- Schedule your colonoscopy. If you’re at normal risk, you’ll only need to have one every 10 years. Learn about our colon cancer screening center >
- Go to the dermatologist for a mole and freckle check. Find a dermatologist now >
You may also want to ask your doctor about screenings and vaccinations appropriate for adult women of any age. These include:
- Hearing test
- Vision test
- Cholesterol screening
- Hepatitis A vaccine
- Hepatitis B vaccine
- Varicella vaccine (chicken pox)
- Measles mumps and rubella vaccine
- Tdap booster vaccine (tetanus)
- Bone mineral density (osteoporosis)
- Diabetes screening
- Try a new activity that involves exercise and social interaction, such as yoga, golf, Pilates or swimming. Learn about our New Vitality program for adults 65 and older >
- Sleep 7 to 8 hours a day and on a regular schedule as much as possible. Learn about our sleep centers >
- Discuss your feelings with loved ones or a mental health professional if you’re experiencing symptoms of depression. Learn about Atlantic Behavioral Health’s services >
- Give back to your community by getting involved with organizations that inspire and interest you. Learn about our hospital foundations and volunteer opportunities >
These recommendations are intended as a guide for women in their 40s who are of general good health to discuss with their physician.