Each year on the second Monday in May, the U.S. Department of Health holds National Woman’s Check-up Day. On this day, women are urged to go for a check-up. Has your mom been for a check-up lately? If you’re not sure, now’s the time to talk about scheduling one. During that medical appointment, make sure your mom’s physician is running the following exams.
Blood pressure is usually one of the first tests your mom’s doctor will run each year. High blood pressure puts her at a higher risk of stroke and heart disease. If it is high, your mom’s doctor will likely recommend diet, exercise, and possibly prescription medications.
For a yearly cholesterol test, your mom’s blood will be drawn and then tested for both HDL and LDL levels. If bad cholesterol levels are too high, medications, diet, and exercise can help lower them.
A yearly blood test to check sugar levels is another important test for an aging parent to have. Pre-diabetes is becoming more prevalent than in prior decades. The test is quick and easy and will uncover if sugar levels are higher than they should be, an indicator of pre-diabetes. Preventative measures can help stop pre-diabetes from progressing into diabetes.
Mammograms help find breast cancer as early as possible. A mammogram is an important test for your mom to have every year or two. You’ll probably have to schedule this screening separately in a mammogram clinic, but ask your mom’s physician first as some offices have the equipment available on-site. Yearly clinical breast exams are also recommended.
As women age, calcium levels may decrease and put your mom at risk for brittle bones. This increases the chance of breaking a bone during a fall. Monitoring the bone density is an important test for aging women from the age of 65 on. According to the National Institutes of Health, retesting every 15 years is satisfactory after getting normal test results. Women showing signs of bone loss should be retested every year.
Once your mom is over the age of 65, a pap smear may no longer be necessary. Typically, these tests are performed yearly, but she’s had multiple negative tests, her physician may say every five years is enough.
What happens if your mom can’t drive for some reason? Getting her to and from medical appointments doesn’t have to be a challenge. If your work schedule conflicts with important appointments, talk to an elder care professional. Many elder care services include transportation as part of their menu of care options.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of elder care services in Plainview, NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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