Health Tips 

For Older Adults

If you have a specific medical condition or health need, make sure to talk with your primary care provider (PCP). You and your PCP can decide what medical treatment option is best for you. 

Get regular check-ups and screenings

Visit your PCP at least once a year to check in on your health. When scheduling your visit, be sure to let your PCP know if you’ll need extra time or assistance during your appointment. At your visits, inform your PCP of any health, lifestyle or medication changes. Also make sure to talk about whether you need to schedule recommended screenings and other ways you can stay healthy. Breast, cervical and/or colorectal cancer screenings have been shown to prevent cancer deaths and find early signs of cancer. Learn more about regular check-ups and screenings.

Eat a healthy diet

Aim to eat foods from all five main food groups every day. Follow your PCP’s advice on the foods that are right for you. Keeping up a balanced diet will help you stay healthy. Learn more about how to eat healthy.

Stay Active

Physical activity can help you stay mobile and prevent falls. It can also:

  • Help you keep a healthy weight
  • Lower your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers
  • Boost your mood
  • Improve your balance 

The key is to do activities that make physical activity fun for you. Consider joining a fitness group or weekly exercise class to help you stick with your goals. Always pace yourself, take it one step at a time and slowly make your routine more challenging. You should also check in with your PCP before starting a new exercise routine. If you take a break from your regular routine due to an illness, be sure to start again at a lower level and slowly work to your usual level of activity. Learn about how much exercise adults 65 and older should aim to get. 

Find ways to stay social

Sometimes life can feel lonely. Our friends and family can help us feel connected throughout the aging process. Being social can mean taking walks with neighbors, visiting friends or joining a social club. HPSM also offers some social programs to help members stay connected.

Check in with yourself often

The aging process comes with many changes. Sometimes, these changes can cause feelings of uneasiness, stress or sadness. Make sure to check in with yourself to and notice any changes in your interest in activities. If your symptoms are intense or last for more than two weeks, speak with your PCP. You can also call the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) ACCESS line at 1-800-686-0101 (TTY: dial 7-1-1) to be connected to a therapist. Persistent sadness may be a sign of depression that can be treated.  

Don’t smoke

Smoking harms many organs in the body and causes many diseases. If you smoke, quitting may be the best thing you can do for your health now and over the long term. Learn more about resources that can help you quit.

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