Living well and feeling good are common goals shared by patients and families at every age and stage across a lifetime.
The key to a healthy outlook—or living at your “healthiest best”—often begins with thorough preventive care established in partnership with your provider and continues with your commitment to following basic guidelines, screenings and recommendations for your health as you encounter life’s milestones.
While some signs of aging are common milestones, others offer warning signs into potential memory disorders or other conditions requiring specialized geriatric care and treatment.
EvergreenHealth’s Geriatric Care team offers a memory assessment that looks at all of the contributing factors to memory loss impacting seniors.
In addition to evaluating neurological influences, the assessment includes a review of medical and family history, lab tests, medications and along with a memory test in consultation with a social worker. Our team than examines the results to determine a diagnosis.
If you’re interested in scheduling a memory assessment for yourself or a loved one, you may not need a referral. Start by checking with your insurance provider and primary care provider, or call EvergreenHealth Geriatric Care directly at 425.899.6800. Or visit Geriatric Services for more information.
Mammograms are the gold standard for early detection of breast cancer. EvergreenHealth follows the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s guidelines that recommend all women receive clinical breast exams beginning at age 30 and annual screening mammograms beginning at age 40.
Women over age 40 don’t need a written referral from their provider for a screening mammogram—you can schedule an appointment with the Breast Health Center directly. In some cases, women under 40 may need to obtain a written order from their health care provider to be eligible for insurance coverage.
Get your blood pressure checked at least once every 1-2 years. Ask your doctor how often you need to get checked.
Get your cholesterol checked once every 5 years.
If you have high blood pressure, ask your doctor if you need to be screened for type 2 diabetes.
At age 50 and then every 10 years; or annual fecal occult blood test (FOBT) plus sigmoidoscopy every 5 years; or sigmoidoscopy every 5 years.
You never outgrow the need for vaccines.
The specific immunizations you need as an adult are determined by factors such as your age, lifestyle, high-risk conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous immunizations.
Some adults incorrectly assume that the vaccines they received as children will protect them for the rest of their lives. Generally this is true, except that:
- Some adults were never vaccinated as children
- Newer vaccines were not available when some adults were children
- Immunity can begin to fade over time
- As we age, we become more susceptible to serious disease caused by common infections (such as flu and pneumococcus)
Here is the CDC's recommended vaccination schedule: