Senior Health (cont.)
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Common Medical Treatments and Tests for Seniors
An array of screening and preventive tests is available and recommended for people over the age of 65 (many doctors may suggest some of these at younger adults). These are recommended guidelines by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and are based on extensive clinical data.
Some of the important preventive and screening measures for seniors (and some adults) include:
Other screening tests for seniors often recommended by doctors are:
Many of these tests are recommended to be performed periodically. However, as people get older, the benefits of detecting certain conditions may diminish and further screening may be unnecessary. Sometimes potential risks of a certain test may outweigh its proposed benefits. Therefore, there are times when the right decision for an individual is to not have further testing for certain conditions. Each person's primary care physician or geriatrician can draft a personal health screening schedule. This is typically based on each individual's health history and shared decision making between the patient and the doctor.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/30/2016
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