Other Topics in the Program: • Your Home & Community • Your Financial Security • Your Wishes: Expressing Your Health Care Decisions Our Session Today YOUR HEALTH
Today, We’ll Explore: • How staying healthy and long-term care are linked • Knowing family medical history • Healthy living guidelines for women 50+ • Preparing a personal medication record
Increased energy Lower blood pressure Improved sleep Reduced tension and stress Reduced risk of chronic conditions, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some cancers A good example for friends and family What are other benefits you may have observed? Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle
Help you avoid or lessen your chances of developing chronic conditions Minimize the impact of chronic disease Why Are Healthy Behaviors Important?
What Are Risk Factors? • Heredity • Personal behaviors • Environment • Age • Gender Risk factors are behaviors or conditions that increase your chance of developing a disease:
Why Are Risk Factors Important? • Alert you and your doctor to your unique strengths and weaknesses • Help you catch problems early • Allow you to take preventative steps • Improve the quality of care provided • Help guide your medical decision-making
Are You Up-to-Date with Your Health Screenings? • 75% of boomers are not • What screenings are important for women 50+? • How many can we name?
Recommended Tests for Women 50+ • Mammograms • Pap tests • Colonoscopies • Test for: • Depression • High blood pressure • High cholesterol • Obesity • Osteoporosis (bone thinning) • HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (check with health care provider to see if you are at risk) Source: U.S. Preventive Services Taskforce
Benefits of a Medication List Average of four prescription drugs daily (people age 45+) A list of your medications helps you and your doctors: • Avoid potentially dangerous drug interactions • Respond more quickly to medical emergencies • Coordinate care among your health providers • Prepare the best course of treatment for your personal circumstances
Managing Your Meds • How many of you have a list of all the prescription, over-the-counter drugs, and supplements you take with you today? • AARP wallet card • Start completing it, check it against your medicine containers
Next Steps for Completing YourLiving Longer, Living Smarter Plan • Start a chart with your health screenings and immunizations • Keep a record of your medications with you • Complete a family medical history
Thank You • What is of value to you now? • What will be helpful to you in the future? • What questions do you have?