When reaching the age of 60, different health conditions start to become more prominent. Conditions might include loss of vision, loss of hearing, severe cardiovascular diseases, or certain types of cancer. Often in combination with already existing conditions. Especially because of that, we advise undergoing regular medical check-ups to monitor your state of health and to allow growing older with the maximum quality of life. React to developing illnesses early on will avoid major treatments and long recovery periods that will put yourself, your family and surrounding at stress.
Roughly 70 percent of people between the age of 60 and 80 have some form of cardiovascular disease, which can be any condition affecting the heart or the blood vessels. After 80, it is approximately 85 percent. Cardiovascular impairments can put seriously damage your overall well-being. And additionally, it is one of the major causes of death overall. The good news is that with early detection and treatment, the condition can be moderated. Treatment might include medication or surgery as a last resort, but in the early stages can also be a simple change of lifestyle.
Like many other health conditions, the likeliness for kidney disease increases with age, especially after 60. Experience shows that up to one in three individuals is at risk. It is very unfavorable that kidney disease can fail to show any symptoms until the organ has lost most of its function. For people with other risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease, it is therefore especially important to visit the doctor for regular screening.
When reaching 60, several cancer types become more prominent. Early detection and treatment are key to preserve a high quality of life.
To counteract the development of pancreatic cancer, we recommend having an endoscopic ultrasound and MRI/CT imaging for those at high risk due to their family medical history.
Especially elderly Caucasian people have a high risk of developing skin cancer. For example Malignant skin, which is caused by an excessive accumulation of sunburns and exposure to UV rays.
Roughly one in 20 males and females develop bowel cancer in their lifetime. Screening can help detect bowel cancer at an early stage while it is still relatively easy to treat. This can be examined by an expert through a bowel scope screening, or initially with a home testing kit.
Approximately one-third of all individuals between the ages of 65 and 75 suffer from hearing loss or reduced eyesight. Many do not even recognize it in the early stages or want to deny it. Others will try to suffer through their loss of hearing or vision. However, this is not necessary as modern technology offers a wide range of solutions to mitigate these impairments. When left untreated, these conditions can even lead to withdrawal or self-isolation.
For women in the 60s, we recommend to undergo still regular gynecological exams including pelvic exams, pap smears, or human papillomavirus (HPV) tests. Despite their age, older women are still at risk of developing cervical cancer or vaginal cancer. Important to know that a pelvic exam may even detect several other conditions that can affect your quality of life, for example related to incontinence. Pap smears are recommended for women every three years, an HPV test every five years up to age 70.