Since the beginning of the pandemic, it’s been reported that many seniors have been cancelling doctor’s visits and other healthcare appointments in order to remain in the safety of their homes.
This is understandable as it's a known fact that one of the most vulnerable groups are those aged 60 and older.
If you are one of those that have resolved to minimize doctor visits, we encourage you to take note of these 5 important doctor’s appointments you should never miss.
1. Routine Checkups
A routine checkup is one of the most commonly missed types of doctor appointments. You don’t want to miss this appointment, though, as it can help identify issues before they becomes more serious.
During a routine checkup, your doctor will check things like your weight, skin, heart, lungs, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and other vital signs.
A routine checkup also gives you the opportunity to ask your doctor any questions you might have or address concerns you might have.
2. Follow Up Exams
Doctors schedule follow up exams for many different reasons, including post-operation or after a serious illness. These exams are important because they can help ensure issues that arise don't become bigger problems.
3. Eye Exams
Regular visits to the Ophthalmologist are important, especially as one gets older.
Even in the absence of any symptoms related to the eye, it is recommended that ones over age 65 have regular eye exams every 1-2 years. This will help to ensure any signs of eye disease is detected earlier, so that treatment can start right away.
For example, macular degeneration is an age-related medical condition that affects the eyes. It may result in blurred or no vision in the centre of the visual field. If caught early on, there are a variety of treatment methods that can be employed.
And the same can be said for glaucoma, a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve and the leading cause of blindness for people over the age of 60.
These are just a few examples that show the importance of regular visits to the Ophthalmologist.
Regular dentist appointments are vital to good teeth and oral health. It is recommended that teeth be cleaned and inspected once every 6 months. Cavities that are left unchecked can create painful dental issues that have the potential of impacting your overall health.
5. Flu Vaccinations
Studies show that people 65 years and older are at high risk of developing serious complications from flu compared with young, healthy adults. One of the reasons for this higher risk is related to the changes in immune defenses that come from increasing age.
The CDC recommends a flu vaccine as the best way to protect against flu and reduce the risk of serious outcomes such as hospitalization or even death in older people.
Please do speak with your doctor or medical professional for further recommendation or information concerning a flu vaccination.