Senior Health

Healthy Guidelines

These recommended guidelines apply to healthy seniors (65 years of age and older) who have no specific disease or additional risk factors. They're recommendations only. Be sure to talk to your own physician to discuss your personal health guidelines in-depth.

Women's Health Guidelines (65 and older)

Recommended Test Guideline
Weight Annually
Blood pressure At least every 1-2 years
Cholesterol At least every 5 years
Immunizations Tetanus-diphtheria every 10 years
Influenza annually
Pneumococcal, once at age 65
Clinical breast exam Health care provider, annually
Self-exam, monthly
Mammography Annually
Pelvic exam/PAP smear Every 1-3 years
Colon cancer screening Annual stool blood test and flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years OR colonoscopy every 10 years
Diabetes screening Every 3 years OR per health care provider
Eye exam Every 1-2 years as indicated
Hearing exam Every 1-2 years as indicated

Men's Health Guidelines (65 and older)

Recommended Test Guideline
Weight Annually
Blood pressure At least every 1-2 years
Cholesterol At least once every 5 years
Immunizations Tetanus-Diphtheria every 10 years
Influenza annually
Pneumococcal once at age 65
Prostate cancer screening Discuss with provider the benefits and limitations of screening PSA and digital rectal exam
Testicular exam As part of routine exam
Colon cancer screening Annual stool blood test and flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years or Colonoscopy every 10 years
Diabetes screening Every 3 years or per healthcare provider
Eye exam Every 1-2 years as indicated
Hearing Every 1-2 years as indicated

 

Contact Us

Phone:
(585) 784-2999

Email:seniors@urmc.rochester.edu