Talk to your doctor about:
- Fall prevention
- Improving bladder control
- Pain management
- Physical activity
It’s recommended that you get your blood pressure (BP) checked at every doctor visit. Work with your doctor to determine your target BP. To help manage your BP: maintain a healthy weight, reduce your salt intake, stay active, and limit your alcohol consumption. If you take BP medication, follow your doctor’s instructions.
It’s recommended that you get a flu shot every year, because flu viruses are always changing. Adults age 65+ are at greater risk of serious flu complications, so it’s important to get vaccinated. Talk to your doctor about getting an annual flu shot.
Many health conditions can be treated, improved or prevented by taking medications. But for medications to work, the instructions must be followed. Review your medications with your doctor at every visit.
This is the third most common cancer in adults. Screening is recommended beginning at age 50. There are different types of screening tests available. Talk to your doctor about the best way for you to get screened.
Diabetes puts you at higher risk for glaucoma, kidney disease, high blood pressure, blindness and other serious complications. If you have diabetes, ask your doctor about the following:
- Retinal eye exam every year
- HbA1c testing (recommended: every 3-6 months)
- Screening for kidney disease (a urine test) (recommended: every year)
- Blood pressure should be below 140/90
- Statin treatment reduces heart attacks and stroke
It’s recommended that women between the ages of 50 and 74 have a mammogram every year or two. Screening at an earlier age may be needed, depending on your risk factors. Ask your doctor if you could benefit from a mammogram. Molina covers one mammogram every year.
You may need medications to relieve joint pain and reduce inflammation. Ask your doctor if medication could help you.
Osteoporosis causes bones to weaken, and women are at an increased risk. Screenings for women are recommended starting at age 65. If you’ve had a recent bone fracture, it’s even more important to get screened. Ask your doctor about receiving a bone scan.