You're in Your 70s and Feeling Sassy
You may be retired now, leaving more time for volunteer and civic participation, spending time with your grandchildren and other loved ones, and traveling. Studies show women in their 70s have a happier attitude, more time for socialization, and group activities. Atlantic Health System Women’s Health is here to help you stay as healthy as possible.
Let's Talk About Prevention
- Get an annual wellness exam and discuss a personalized prevention plan to keep you healthy. You may need fewer screenings now.
- Speak with your doctor about your weight, diet and activity level; any violence in your life; depression or other mental health concerns.
- You may still need a mammogram every other year, depending on your risk category. Learn more and schedule your mammogram >
- Review your vaccinations and keep them up to date. Get the flu shot yearly and don't forget the shingles and pneumonia vaccine series if you have not received them already. Learn more about vaccinations >
- Your dentist should perform a periodontal exam during one of your twice-yearly cleanings.
- Hearing loss is natural but treatable. You should get a hearing exam every 2 to 3 years.
- See a dermatologist once a year for a full-body exam to check moles and freckles. Find a dermatologist now >
- Do not forget an annual vision screening. Your ophthalmologist will check for eye diseases like cataracts or glaucoma.
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
This is the time of your life to have the time of your life. Take advantage of senior discounts to do something exciting:
- Incorporate balance and strengthening activities into your routine.
- Try a new activity like dance or yoga from our New Vitality series. Learn about our New Vitality program >
- Eat healthy food, including protein, to maintain muscle mass.
- Never stop learning, attend lectures, read books, and try doing puzzles to keep your mind stimulated.
- Try to get seven to eight hours of sleep a night; turn off electronics close to bedtime. Learn about our sleep centers >
- Stay socially active with friends, family and your community; let someone know if you are sad.
These recommendations are intended as a guide for women in their 70s 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.