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Preventative Screenings Are Key for Seniors

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Fitness: 

30 minutes of moderate exercise daily.

Mental health:

About one in five older Americans have a mental-health disorder. Among those 65 and up, depression affects about 30 percent and anxiety is diagnosed in 20 percent.

Sleep:

7-9 hours nightly.

Major concern for adults 65+: Alzheimer’s disease

Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease—almost two-thirds of them women. Know the signs: memory loss, trouble making plans or solving problems, difficulty completing familiar tasks, confusion with time or place, trouble understanding images, poor judgment, social withdrawal.

Preventative Screenings

Breast cancer: Annual mammograms.

Osteoporosis: Annually for women, beginning at age 65.

Colorectal cancer: A colonoscopy every 10 years or a flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years.

Prostate cancer:  Depending on PSA levels, a blood test for men every one to two years.

Glaucoma:  Testing every one to two years.