Forget 50 being the new 30, or whatever the “desired” age of the moment happens to be, enjoying life to the fullest means maintaining good health regardless of the number of candles on the cake.
If you are among the 50 million Americans age 50 to 70 – the “Baby Boomer” generation – health care professionals recommend regular screenings and diagnostic tests to achieve a baseline by which to monitor changes – good and bad – and ensure that you can maintain a healthy, active lifestyle for a lifetime.
Your annual medical check-up should include screenings to check your cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure. But other screenings also are necessary to maintain your quality of life, including:
Dental exam – your annual exam will include screenings for tooth decay, gum disease and several types of oral cancers.
Eye exam – every two to four years your eye doctor should check your eye movement, peripheral vision, eye pressure and eyesight. In addition, your eye doctor should check annually for:
Presbyopia – hardening of the lens as we age. Presbyopia is the most common reason we require reading glasses as we age.
Macular Degeneration – a breakdown in the cells of the retina that detects light, resulting in damage to central vision necessary to see fine details. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in people over age 60.
Cataracts – clouding of the lens, resulting in blurred vision. Nearly half of adults develop cataracts by age 80. Cataracts can be removed surgically to improve vision.
Glaucoma – pressure in the eye that leads to damage of the optic nerve. Once this pressure affects your vision, the damage is permanent. Because most people do not experience symptoms, an exam is necessary to detect and treat glaucoma before damage occurs.
Hearing exam – nearly 36 million people suffer from hearing loss, which can affect your quality of life. Because hearing loss occurs over time, regular screenings can help detect small changes that can affect relationships, balance, even risk of depression.
Maintaining your health is easier when you are living the life you’ve always dreamed of in your low-maintenance ranch-style Windsong home. Each Windsong active retirement community was designed to help Boomers achieve a lifetime of resolutions, with walkable streets and a private fitness center in the clubhouse, neighbors with similar life-stage experiences who make great accountability partners, and home designs that maximize accessibility, minimize hassles and provide an opportunities to enjoy an active lifestyle.
Welcome home to Windsong – Where Life’s A Breeze!