Geriatric Medicine in Cypress, TX
It’s a fact of life that we are all going to get older. As we age our health needs and care will also need to change, and the medical team at Premier NW Houston Medical Group can provide you with the specialized and unique care to help you live a healthy, full life well into your golden years. Here are the most frequently asked questions regarding senior health.
What are the biggest health concerns facing seniors?
Your family history and your lifestyle will play a big role in your health and any health problems that you may face. This is why it’s important to have a trusted doctor that can help you make healthier lifestyle choices to reduce your risk. Here are just some of the most common health concerns facing seniors that our team can help to prevent and treat:
- Cognitive and mental decline
- Balance issues and fall risks
- Oral health issues such as tooth loss
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disease
- Vision or hearing loss
How often should seniors get routine checkups with their doctor?
There isn’t a hard-and-fast rule when it comes to how often a senior should visit their doctor for a routine checkup. With that said, it’s a good idea that seniors visit their doctor at least once a year for a comprehensive checkup that includes bloodwork. These visits are important, as they also give our medical team a chance to reevaluate a patient’s current medications and discuss any health concerns they may have.
What screenings should seniors get?
The screenings that are recommended by our medical team will depend on the age and the medical history of each of our older patients. For example, a bone density test may be recommended to screen for osteoporosis, a condition that causes weakening of the bones. Women over the age of 65 and men over 70 years old should get this test. Other tests such as blood tests to check blood sugar and cholesterol levels will be based on the patient’s individual health concerns and risk factors, as well as any symptoms they are experiencing.
What vaccines are important for seniors to get?
All seniors should get an annual flu shot and the pneumococcal vaccine. The shingles vaccine is also recommended for adults 50 years and older. We would be happy to discuss which vaccines you should get to protect you and your loved ones.