As a woman living in their 60’s, you may think that there isn’t much you can do to stay healthy. On the contrary, there is plenty that you can do! Get up, get active, be proactive, and you’ll be able to take control of your health. Here are some tips to get you started:
- Screening tests: Don’t forget to get your bone density screening test done at age 65. If you’re at high risk for osteopenia and osteoporosis, you will want to get the test done before you turn 65. You should also get a mammogram every year, and don’t forget to check to see if you are due for a colonoscopy which you should be getting at least every 10 years, once you turn 50. Additionally, flu, pneumonia, and shingles vaccines, are important to have and are suggested for women to get at age 65.
- Strength training: Yes, you can do it! You may think because you are in your 60’s that you shouldn’t be lifting anything heavier than a fork, but that is not the case. Strength training and cardiovascular exercise, with the approval of your doctor, can keep you agile and prevent muscle atrophy.
- Never too late to quit: If you’re still smoking or drinking excessively, you can still make a change. Now is the time to do it. Any damage that has been done to your body can be reduced, reversed and repaired. So, it is important that you make an effort to quit. According to studies, people who quit smoking at 65 years old add about two years onto their lives and lower their risk for lung cancer and heart disease.
- Use your brain: The older we become, the less we are mentally alert. That is why it is important to pay attention to your cognitive function and do your best to stay mentally active. To do this, you can read, do crossword puzzles, try new things and go on new adventures. You can even learn a new language.
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