Healthful Aging Starts With Lifestyle Changes and
We’re committed to helping our senior population age healthfully. We encourage you to recommend the following preventive screenings for these members:
Bone Mineral Density Test: Conduct a baseline assessment to determine if a bone mineral density test is appropriate for patients. Certain medical conditions, medications and health indicators put individuals at risk for osteoporosis.
Glaucoma Screening: Speak to patients about having a glaucoma eye exam with an eye care professional to identify any early signs of glaucomatous conditions. With early treatment, glaucoma-related blindness is mostly preventable.
Fall Risk Assessment: Routinely manage fall risk factors to prevent unintentional falls or injuries. For older adults, a fall can have psychological and social effects, result in functional limitations and keep them from being as active as they would like.
Pain Management: Discuss pain management strategies and medications with patients. Undertreating pain can severely affect their health and quality of life.
Medication Safety: Speak with patients about the risks of stopping, skipping or reducing medications prior to your direction, and the benefits of complying with your prescribed medication regimens.
Advance Care Planning: Encourage patients to complete a legal advance directive to make their medical wishes known. Advance directives prevent confusion should patients fall ill.