In Your 70s
This is the time to give and accept help, and reflect on achievements and the legacy you want to leave.
These are guidelines only. Your healthcare provider will personalize the timing of each test to meet your specific healthcare needs.
- Full checkup — Including weight and height.
- Sleep habits — Discuss at your annual exam.
- Thyroid (TSH) test— Discuss with your healthcare provider.
- HIV screening — Get this test if you are at risk for HIV infection (unprotected sex, sexually transmitted disease, or used drugs with needles).
- Blood pressure test — At least every two years.
- Cholesterol panel — Total, LDL, HDL and triglycerides; discuss with your healthcare provider.
- Bone density screen — Get a bone mineral test at least once. Talk to your healthcare provider about repeat testing.
- Blood glucose or A1c test — Get screened if you have sustained blood pressure greater than 135/80, take medicine for high blood pressure, or are at risk for developing diabetes.
- Breast awareness — Know how your breasts normally look and feel so you can report any changes to your healthcare provider.
- Mammogram — Yearly, starting at the age of 40.
- Clinical breast exam —Yearly.
- Pap test — Discuss with your healthcare provider.
- Pelvic exam — Yearly.
- Sexually transmitted infection (STI) tests —Both partners should get tested for STIs, including HIV, before initiating sexual intercourse. Get a chlamydia test if you have new or multiple partners.
Mental health screening
- Discuss with your healthcare provider.
- Fecal occult blood test, flexible sigmoidoscopy — Talk to your healthcare provider about which screening test is best for you and how often you need it.
- Colonoscopy — Get screened for colorectal cancer through age 75. Talk to your healthcare provider about how often you need it.
Eye and ear health
- Comprehensive eye exam — Every 1-2 years.
- Hearing test — Every three years.
- Skin exam — Monthly self-exam of skin and moles and as part of a routine full checkup with your healthcare provider.
- Dental cleaning and exam— Discuss with your dentist the right frequency for you.
- Seasonal influenza vaccine — Yearly.
- Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis booster vaccine — Every 10 years.
- Pneumococcal vaccine — One time only.
- Herpes zoster vaccine — (to prevent shingles) — One time only; discuss with your healthcare provider.
Sources: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention