First, your knees start to go. Then, food doesn’t taste the same. As our bodies age, we often cannot do things as well as we used to. Maybe your joints are stiffer than in years past or your memory is not as sharp. Some of these changes are normal parts of aging, but others are early signs of a serious problem.
Today, many people remain active well in to their later years. To help you stay healthy and enjoy a good quality of life after age 65, you should see your doctor at least once a year for a head to toe check up.
We call this a Senior Assessment. It is a more detailed examination than your usual doctor’s visit. Whether or not you consider yourself a “senior,” your doctor can help you stay active and healthy.
During these check ups, we will ask you:
• Are you able to live alone or do you need help?
• Do you have the help you need at home?
• Have you fallen in the last 6 months?
• Do you have a Living Will or Advanced Directive?
• Do you have trouble controlling your bladder?
• Are you having trouble seeing or hearing?
• Are you having trouble remembering things?
• Do you have to use a cane or walker?
• Do you feel sad or down?
• Can you get out of a chair, walk 10 feet, and sit back down in less than 20 seconds?
• Can you keep track of your medicines or do you need help?
• Do you feel safe driving at night?
If you have not had a check up like this in the last 12 months, make an appointment to see your doctor.