Presentation on theme: "1 Our Session Today YOUR HEALTH Other Topics in the Program: Your Home & Community Your Financial Security Your Wishes: Expressing Your Health Care Decisions."— Presentation transcript:
1 Our Session Today YOUR HEALTH Other Topics in the Program: Your Home & Community Your Financial Security Your Wishes: Expressing Your Health Care Decisions
2 How staying healthy and long-term care are linked Knowing family medical history Healthy living guidelines for women 50+ Preparing a personal medication record Today, We’ll Explore:
3 Healthy Bingo I got a flu shot this season I know that my tetanus shot is up-to-date If I am under 65, I get a pap smear every 1 to 3 years I eat red meat less than twice a week I have had my eyes checked this year I know my blood pressure numbers I felt well rested every day last week I didn’t stop at a fast food place on my way here today I know my cholesterol level If I am over 50, I have been screened for colon cancer I skipped dessert at the last party I attended I walk (or jog, bicycle, swim) for at least 150 minutes/week Free Space I took advantage of an opportunity to socialize with friends or colleagues this month I have not eaten bacon, pepperoni, or salami during the last month I eat whole wheat bread instead of white bread I don’t smoke I don’t add salt to my food I lift weights or do strength training twice a week I did something positive to relax this week I took the stairs instead of an elevator/escalator every day this week I have no more than one alcoholic drink a day I use skim milk instead of whole or 2% I have had a mammogram within the last 24 months In the last week, I’ve eaten fresh fruit every day
4 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
5 Why Are Healthy Behaviors Important? Help you avoid or lessen your chances of developing chronic conditions Minimize the impact of chronic disease
6 What Are Risk Factors? Heredity Personal behaviors Environment Age Gender Risk factors are behaviors or conditions that increase your chance of developing a disease:
7 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
8 Your Family Medical History https://familyhistory.hhs.gov
9 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?
10 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
11 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
12 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
13 Next Steps for Completing Your Living 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
14 Thank You What is of value to you now? What will be helpful to you in the future? What questions do you have?