Doctor Checklist for Older Adults

March 7, 2014

Staying healthy and caring for your body are key ingredients to maintaining an active and overall happy lifestyle. That means you  have to be proactive in your healthcare choices. Let’s be honest, going to the doctor hasn’t been fun since you were young enough to receive a prize when the visit was over. The days of getting a lollipop out of a doctors visit may be long gone, and going to the doctor can be a hassle, so when you go make sure you get everything out of it that you can. Here’s a checklist we’ve put together to help you make sure you’re getting all the appropriate tests for your age.

Age 50 - 59

•        According to an article from USA Today about healthy aging for men,(, men in their 50s need to be screened for colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer. In addition, it’s a good time to ask your doctor about aspirin therapy.

•        A timeline recently published by insurance broker Lockton Companies also notes that men and women over 50 should get a fasting cholesterol panel every five years, a glucose test every three years, and a colonoscopy every 10 years. Women should continue getting pap smears every other year and a mammogram every year. And men over 50 should get a PSA and prostate test every four years.

•        An article from Oprah ( also says that women should begin having their thyroid function tested every five years.


Age 60+

•        The USA Today article goes on to say that, starting in their 60s, men should also be tested for peripheral artery disease and abdominal aortic aneurysm.

•        The Lockton timeline says that age 65 is the time to begin getting bone density testing done.

Keep in mind, there is a lot more to your health than following this checklist and getting the correct testing done at the right time. It is very important that you talk to your doctor about your health, sharing any concerns you may have and asking any questions you have about your health. And our final recommendation is to ACTUALLY LISTEN to the advice they give!

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