As you age your body goes through many changes. But, just because you’re older doesn’t mean you can’t stay healthy. Preventive healthcare is especially important to help you age well and prevent disease and disability.

You should continue to get a well-visit each year. During your visit, your healthcare provider may talk with you about ways to stay healthy like counseling about healthy eating and exercise, sexual and mental health, taking aspirin every day to lower your risk of stroke, preventing falls, misuse of drugs and alcohol, and help to quit smoking. You may also have certain screenings and tests.

General Preventive Healthcare for Seniors

In addition to those specific to women, you may also get preventive healthcare screenings and tests that are beneficial for all adults:

Screenings and Tests for Women

There are several screenings and tests that could benefit most women as they age:

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Please note: The information presented here is based on averages, so if you have a family history of a specific disease, or there are other factors that put you at higher risk, you should see your doctor more frequently to check for these conditions.

The recommendations in this article are not a replacement for your doctor’s advice. They are intended only as general guidelines for preventive care. Please consider the information presented here, but make sure to talk to your doctor about screenings and exams you may need now and on a regular basis, depending on your current health, family history and other individual factors.