It's Sensational to be in Your 60s
Retirement may be in sight. If you have kids, they might be out of the nest and creating nests of their own. Whether the plan for your 60s is to work, travel or become a grandparent, Atlantic Health System Women’s Health is here to help you stay healthy along the way.
Find a Doctor
There’s still time to form a real relationship with a primary care physician in addition to your gynecologist. This partnership is critical to your health in this decade and the ones to come.
Let's Talk About Prevention
- Get an annual wellness exam. In your 60s, you may not need as many screenings as you once did. Talk to your doctor about which ones are necessary.
- 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 >
- Go to the dermatologist for a mole and freckle check. Find a dermatologist now >
- Get a mammogram annually or every other year, depending on your risk category. Talk to your doctor about any changes in your breasts 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.
- Get a bone density test at age 65 to screen for osteoporosis. Learn about bone density screenings >
- Schedule your colonoscopy. Learn about our colon cancer screening center >
- Have an open conversation with your doctor about weight, nutrition and lifestyle.
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
Get Moving, Stretch Out, and Get Some Sleep
- Keep moving and try a new activity that involves exercise and social interaction like yoga, golf, Pilates or swimming. Learn about our New Vitality program for adults 65 and older >
- Try to get seven to eight hours of sleep a night, and sleep in a regular schedule as much as possible. Learn about our sleep centers >
- Give back. Join clubs or volunteer at organizations that inspire and interest you. Learn about our hospital foundations and volunteer opportunities >
- Make sure to talk to somebody if you’re feeling sad. Learn about Atlantic Behavioral Health’s services >
These recommendations are intended as a guide for women in their 60s who are of general good health to discuss with their physician.
We're here to help you navigate all your decades. Call 1-800-247-9580 for a referral to a physician to discuss these recommendations.