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Friday, December 28, 2012

Tips for Seniors: Health Screenings Available

The month of October welcomes the seasonal changes of fall, Halloween and most importantly, Breast Cancer Awareness month. States across the nation host breast cancer walks and other fundraisers that not only serve to increase awareness but also to encourage donations towards the prevention of breast cancer. Thanks to these efforts, breast cancer awareness has increased over the years. Many lives have been saved because women of all ages are learning the importance of receiving regular mammograms to detect the disease early on.
As men and women alike grow older, there are other health screenings that become important for seniors to have. Some of these tests are well known but some may not be. This is a compiled list of screenings as well as immunizations that seniors need in order to maintain good health with age based on recommendations from the National Institute of Aging and the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force.
Health screenings for both men and women age 50 and older:
Blood pressure and cholesterol levels should be tested regularly.
Diabetes tests should be administered for those who have high blood pressure.
Colorectal cancer screenings are important, especially if cancer runs in the family.
Vision tests help detect diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts.
Hearing screenings can be important to determine whether seniors need aids.
to continue reading the rest of the screenings, click on this link: http://www.comfortkeepers.com/information-center/news-and-highlights/ScreeningsForSeniors

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