Seniors often walk away from medical appointments confused and sometimes reluctant to follow the regimens that their physicians have prescribed. To prevent this from happening, it’s important for seniors to take control of their appointments, proactively engaging with their doctor, asking questions and learning more about treatments and possible health risks.
Home Care Assistance, a premier Oklahoma home care agency, presents five questions that every senior should ask their doctor during a medical check-up.
- Are My Medications Still Appropriate?
Many people take the same prescriptions for years with little thought about their continued efficacy. It is a good idea to review current medications with the doctor and see if they need to be increased or discarded altogether.
- How is My Weight?
Being either too heavy or too thin can predispose people to health problems, especially seniors who are typically more prone to developing chronic problems. Inappropriate weight can lead to heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other illnesses.
- Is My Blood Pressure Normal?
People who consistently maintain blood pressure levels that are too high are at risk for acquiring catastrophic ailments. Excessive pressure in the blood vessels leads to damage that can result in hemorrhagic stroke, cardiovascular disease and kidney problems.
- Am I at Risk for Any Diseases?
Family history and any past medical issues should be brought up for discussion at the appointment. Any strong, hereditary links to illnesses should be explored so that preventive measures can be initiated. Extra monitoring for cancer markers and other disease indicators may become part of a patient’s routine check-up.
- What Is the Best Exercise Program for Me?
Physical activity is vital to maintaining good health, and there are appropriate and effective exercises for nearly everyone. Physicians can guide people toward the best routines that are safe and that enhance wellness.
If you have an aging parent or loved one who may need additional help with daily activities as the result of changes in health, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Oklahoma today and learn more about our Balanced Care Method and flexible hourly and live-in care plans. Call 405-285-4191 – we’re here to help 24/7.