Health Maintenance Guidelines
Ages 75 & Over
Check blood pressure and screen for obesity and health risks.
- Diabetes: All non-Caucasians; All Caucasians with sustained blood pressure greater than 135/80, or BMI greater than or equal to 25, or history of gestational diabetes, or family history of diabetes.
- Colorectal Cancer (Options): Colonoscopy every 10 years; Fecal Occult Blood Testing every 3 years with sigmoidoscopy every 5 years; or Annual Fecal Occult Blood testing.
- Alcohol Misuse: Discuss with your provider
- Influenza: Yearly
- Tdap/Td: Adults 65 and older may get one Tdap booster if they have never received it, regardless of when a prior Td was given. After this, Td is required every 10 years.
- Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA): Current evidence does not recommend routine PSA screening for average risk men.
- Mammogram: Every 2 years; optional after age 74
These guidelines may not pertain to patients on chronic medications or patients with personal or family health risks. In addition to the specific tests and immunizations listed here, health maintenance also includes regular monitoring of blood pressure, weight, height, vision, hearing, and risk factor screening for coronary artery disease, depression, diabetes, hypertension, memory change, sexually transmitted diseases, and for tobacco, alcohol and dietary concerns.
Last reviewed: January 2016
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How to calculate your BMI:
> Underweight: Below 18.5
> Normal: 18.6 - 24.9
> Overweight: 25.0 - 29.9
> Obesity: 30.0 and Above
BMI = (Weight (pounds) divided by Height (inches)2) x 703
Weight Management Information & Calculator (MyLifeStages.org, opens to new window)
These guidelines may vary for patients on chronic medications or for patients with personal or family health risks.