If you are a parent, you know how clear cut the recommendations are for well checks and vaccinations for children of all ages. Once we reach adulthood, though, the timeline seems more nebulous. Because seniors are at a heightened risk for contracting infectious diseases and developing health problems, it’s essential they know and follow the recommended wellness checkup schedule for their age and gender. If your senior loved one resides in one of the fine assisted living centers in Oklahoma City, consider yourself fortunate. These senior care services providers are meticulous about making sure residents keep up with their wellness checks and vaccines. To simplify the process for everyone, we’ve compiled the recommendations below.
Medicare allows seniors one free welcome-to-Medicare visit so your doctor can get to know you and your health history. Afterward, seniors with Medicare Part B are eligible for one free (without any copay or deductible) well visit each year.
To maintain optimal health and wellbeing, women and men who are 65 years and older should have a comprehensive well-care visit once every year. Additionally, senior women and men should have:
Their blood pressure checked annually,
Their cholesterol checked every five years until age 79 (afterward, ask your doctor),
Annual hearing and vision checks,
Colon cancer screenings as recommended by their doctors on an individual basis,
One Hepatitis C test during adulthood.
Additionally, women and men aged 65-75 who smoked 100-plus cigarettes in their lifetimes should have an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening performed once. Senior women should also have annual or biannual mammograms and annual bone-density tests. Senior men should also have prostate cancer screenings as recommended by their doctors.
One of the most important components of senior care in OKC is having regular immunizations to protect this vulnerable population from devastating illnesses. The latest recommendations for both sexes are as follows. Keep in mind anyone who has a suppressed immune system or an allergy should consult with their doctor before having any vaccine.
A tetanus-diphtheria vaccination once every 10 years.
A flu shot every year.
One shingles immunization after the age of 60.
One pneumococcal immunization after the age of 65 if you have never had one before.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of assisted living care in Oklahoma City, contact us at Village at Oakwood. Options for senior care in OKC are plentiful. Not all facilities are equal, though. We pride ourselves on our team of compassionate providers who are dedicated to making the senior years comfortable and enjoyable for each of our residents.