Healthy Aging Month is an annual health observance month to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older. Healthy Aging Month provides inspiration for adults to improve their physical, mental, social and well-being.
September Healthy Aging Screenings
Screenings are a test physicians use to detect certain diseases or health conditions before any obvious signs or symptoms arise. Screenings are not just for those over 40. A screening for heart disease is recommended when you are in your 20’s. This can be done by having a blood test where your cholesterol levels would be checked. A mammogram is a screening for breast cancer and women should be proactive. Let’s make September the month for screenings and get yourself checked out.
Common screenings include:
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Cancers: Skin, Colorectal, Prostate, Breast, Lung, and Cervical
Screenings should start at an early age so you can gauge your baseline. As a general guideline, cholesterol should be below 200. If your cholesterol is 150 at age 22, then 180 at 25, you can see that there’s been a steady increase over the 3 years. If your cholesterol is 160 in your 20’s and 160 in your 30’s, you may have less to worry about. If you get your cholesterol test done in your 40’s for the first time, and it is 180, you will have more questions than answers. So get checked out while you are young so you have a point of reference.
Health Screenings Recommendations By Age
The chart is just a guideline and will vary depending on each individual’s medical evaluation. Again, a doctor will make recommendations, based on your examination and medical history, to determine what the best plan is for you. Please call LaGrange Medical Center & Urgent Care at 708-352-0330 and make an appointment with one of our physicians. For the month of September, focus on you.
Schedule a Screening for Healthy Aging Month
Please take a moment to focus on yourself in September. Visit your doctor. Please make an appointment for a medical exam and let them make the proper recommendations. If you don’t have a physician, we have two physicians at LaGrange Medical who will take great care of you. We invite you to read about Dr. Khan and Dr. Byrd.
Most insurance companies will pay for preventative health measures. If you or someone you know does not have insurance, there are free screenings offered throughout the city of Chicago at various times of the year. Just search, “free health screen” on the internet.
Call us today at 708-352-0330 to schedule your September Healthy Aging Month screening appointment! We are conveniently located at 6170 Joliet Road in Countryside, Illinois.