57% of seniors over 65 years of age in the US are women. The number increases with age because women tend to live longer than men. For women to continue to thrive into their senior years, it’s important to know about women’s health issues.
Some of the common conditions that affect seniors – including stroke, heart disease, and depression – affect more women than men each year. This is one of several reasons why women should be aware of their health as they age.
Key Aspects of Women’s Health
Unfortunately, aging can take its toll on women’s health. That is why senior women need to pay attention to symptoms of problems in the following health categories, and be sure to visit their doctor for regular exams: cardiovascular, dental, sensory, digestive, and mental.
For example, when it comes to the heart and blood vessels, watch for signs of problems in the following areas:
- Blood pressure
- Blood sugar
- Reproductive Health
Cancer, cysts, and other health problems can strike after menopause. Women over 65 should continue to get mammograms and see a gynecologist.
Screenings and Tests
Women over 65 should have the following screenings and tests:
- Blood pressure and sugar tests
- Breast and pelvic exams
- Colorectal screenings
- Eye screening
- Hearing test
- Bone density test
- Cholesterol screening
- Dental exam
- Skin screening
(Sources: Office on Women’s Health in the U.S. Department of HHS, HICHD, Medline Plus)