Must-Do Health Screenings for Seniors

Senior Health: Essential Wellness Exams

By Will Reid, 9:00 am on

Some seniors become lax on essential health screenings for a variety of reasons, and sometimes because they simply don’t want to. If you provide home care in Cincinnati for a senior loved one, it’s crucial to ensure your loved one is routinely checked for certain health issues, including the following.

Cholesterol

There are many benefits to routinely checking cholesterol, including minimizing the risk of heart disease, stroke, or other life-threatening diseases. Maintaining healthy levels of cholesterol is very important, especially for seniors who smoke, have diabetes, or have a family history of heart-related events, and a simple blood test is all it takes to get results.

Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is one of the most important screenings for seniors because high blood pressure often has no outward indicators but can lead to many dangerous conditions including stroke, blood clots in the brain, and dementia among other things. Blood pressure should be checked at least once every two years, more often for seniors over 65.

Diabetes

All seniors, especially those who are overweight or high-risk, can benefit from annual diabetes screenings, which are proven to help detect prediabetes and allow for preventative treatment before it becomes type-2 diabetes. If not controlled, diabetes can lead to serious health issues and even death.

Depression

Depression is not uncommon among seniors, especially those who live alone or have a chronic health condition. Detection through screening at your loved one’s primary care or specialists office can lead to comprehensive treatment including therapy and medication.

For more information on senior health and wellness, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Cincinnati. As a leading provider of hourly and live-in home care in Cincinnati, senior wellbeing is our number one priority, and we are available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 513.891.2273 to speak with a Care Manager and learn more about how our care services can promote a happy, healthy, and safe lifestyle in the comfort of home.