Over 60 Health Check

BY EXECUTIVE MEDICINE

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Full Health Checks For 60+ Years of Age

At Executive Health, we look after your health through your sixties and beyond by conducting a full medical check-up and ongoing care.

We care about your health and the health of your family. That’s why we focus on the early detection and prevention of illnesses so you can continue to thrive in your personal and professional life.

With a range of tests specifically designed for your needs as you age through your sixties and beyond, our health assessments evaluate your current state of health and any health risks and provide you with an actionable plan to improve your health and well-being.

OUR FULL HEALTH CHECK-UP Service

We offer a range of comprehensive health assessments and have suitable testing procedures delivered in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, regardless of your age, current health status, or medical history.

All our health assessments incorporate blood and urine testing and a physical examination.

Our most detailed assessments are perfectly suited to you in your sixties, especially individuals with a more complex medical history and who may have more risk factors associated with their health.

The biggest risk factor for illness is age, so the older you are, the more time you will need to have a thorough assessment to meet your needs fully.

Our full health assessments take approximately two hours at our practice, which is conveniently located in the Grace Hotel, 77 York Street.

You can request to book here.

Dr John Cummins, Founder of Executive Medicine

TESTIMONIALS

Here are a few kind words from recent clients of Executive Medicine.

“I had a complete checkup with Executive Medicine and a really fantastic experience with Tim Reus and Dr. John Cummins. They analyze and try to understand all your health concerns and explain everything clearly, showing different possibilities and solutions for what you need most. They take in account your diet, exercise habits, lifestyle, and more and put all that together with your exams to evaluate your condition and point what you need to work to get better results with your health. Strongly recommend Executive Medicine team.”

Dan Takayoshi – Sept. 2023

“Executive Medicine and Dr John Cummins provides a service that should be one that all have available to them. Having an annual check allows for a wholistic and proactive approach to your health and well-being, including early detection of any health issues. The care the team provides is fantastic. Highly recommended.”

Daniel Davis – Nov. 2023

“My organization has used Executive Medicine for our executive fitness assessments, and they were amazing. Truly professional and great communication. We will continue to utilize their services for years to come. I cannot recommend them high enough for health assessments.”

Blair Moses – Dec. 2023

You can verify and read more of our client’s generous reviews on our Google Business page located here.

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Staying Healthy in Your 60s

Key Takeaways

  • Routine health checks for individuals over 60 are crucial for early detection of diseases and managing age-related risk factors, with assessments often tailored to personal and family medical histories.
  • Health checks for seniors typically include physical examinations, blood tests, and various screenings such as echocardiograms, mammograms, and bone density scans to evaluate overall health and detect early signs of disease.
  • Our over-60 health check is comprehensive, checking blood pressure, heart health, and mental well-being, complemented by lifestyle recommendations on diet, physical activity, and preventive healthcare measures.

Understanding the Importance of Health Checks for Seniors

Ageing gracefully requires a proactive approach to health. Routine health checks for seniors function as the annual car servicing, keeping the body running smoothly for years to come. These health assessments aim to catch potential health issues early, facilitating timely treatment and management.

Besides disease detection, regular health checks offer an opportunity to reassess health goals, discuss preventive measures, and get updated on the latest medical advice tailored to your health profile.

These health assessments are your personal health audit, a comprehensive review of your current health status, and a roadmap towards improved health.

Risk Factors in Seniors

With age, our bodies undergo changes, increasing the risk of health issues. High blood pressure, heart disease, and kidney disease are risk factors associated with these conditions. Monitoring and managing these factors is crucial to reducing the health risks of developing related issues.

Due to the heightened vulnerability of seniors, regular screenings for cancers such as prostate cancer and bowel cancer are important. These screenings are designed to identify early signs of cancer, enabling more effective treatment.

Routine blood tests are also recommended for monitoring conditions like type 2 diabetes.

For seniors, maintaining good vision and hearing is also of great importance. Conducting regular visual and hearing assessments can help detect any early impairments, enabling proper management of potential issues. Seniors should consider the following routine tests:

  • Visual and hearing assessments
  • Blood and urine tests to monitor kidney function for those at high risk of kidney disease
  • Regular skin checks for seniors at a heightened risk for skin cancer

Immediate medical assessment is advised if any changes are noticed during these checks.

Personal and Family History

The type and frequency of health checks can be influenced by our personal and family medical history. For instance, for women over 60 with a personal or family history of breast or ovarian cancer, we’d recommend more frequent screenings in addition to the standard biennial mammogram. In cases of a family history of relevant cancers, including cervical cancer, physicians may suggest alterations in the screening intervals, such as a more frequent cervical screening test.

For seniors with a family history of colorectal cancer, doctors often recommend more frequent and earlier screenings, such as colonoscopies. A family history of diabetes can also influence the frequency of fasting blood glucose tests. Regular audiology screening is also important for seniors, especially if there’s a family hearing loss history.

Health Assessments for Seniors: What to Expect

Health assessments for seniors are twofold. They aid in evaluating an individual’s overall health and well-being and offer an opportunity to identify potential health concerns in the early stages. Being proactive about your health can mean the difference between catching a condition in its early stages and dealing with the aftermath of a late diagnosis.

Our standard health assessment for seniors typically encompasses a physical examination, laboratory tests, and an in-depth review of the patient’s medical history. Healthy individuals in their 60s are advised to undergo recommended screenings for their age group, such as mammograms, bone density scans, hearing exams, eye exams, and kidney tests tailored to their current health status and family medical history.

Physical Examination

A physical examination is a fundamental part of our health assessment. It provides our physician with an opportunity to:

  • Evaluate your overall health
  • Identify any potential health issues
  • Thoroughly evaluate all major bodily functions
  • Pinpoint areas of concern

A typical physical examination for seniors may include a digital rectal examination (DRE) to identify abnormalities in the rectum, faecal occult blood testing, and an examination of major body areas, including the head, neck, chest, back, abdomen, and extremities. Potential health issues that can be detected during a physical examination of elderly individuals include visual and hearing impairments, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, dementia, osteoarthritis, and diabetes.

Blood Tests

Blood tests, including the specific blood test for cholesterol levels, are a vital component of health assessments for seniors and are included in our testing. They can detect high cholesterol levels, a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease, monitor kidney function, and assess the risk of diabetes. Regular cholesterol and lipid checks are recommended for seniors, with those at high risk of cardiovascular disease needing to undergo testing more frequently.

Diagnostic tests commonly used to identify diabetes in elderly individuals include the fasting blood glucose test, oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), and fingerstick blood glucose test. The information obtained from blood tests can provide a comprehensive picture of a senior’s health, offering insights into their overall well-being and highlighting any areas of concern.

Screenings

Beyond physical examinations and blood tests, health assessments for seniors incorporate a variety of screenings. These screenings can help detect health issues early when they are most treatable. An echocardiogram, for instance, uses ultrasound technology to create a dynamic image of the heart, helping identify existing heart conditions or symptoms such as chest pain.

Screenings for cancers such as breast and colon cancer are also recommended for seniors. Regular mammograms can help detect breast cancer at an early stage, while colon cancer screening can identify cancer or precancerous polyps in the colon or rectum.

Bone density scans are also recommended for individuals over 60 with risk factors, such as low body weight, to help detect osteoporosis at an early stage.

Key Health Check Components for Seniors

While health checks are personalized to each individual’s needs, key components are generally included in a senior’s health check. These include blood pressure checks, heart health assessments, and mental health evaluations. These elements are critical in pinpointing potential health issues and devising an effective treatment plan.

Consistent blood pressure monitoring can aid in detecting and managing hypertension, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. Heart health assessments involve various tests such as ECG tests, stress tests, and echocardiograms to evaluate heart function and detect potential issues. Mental health evaluations, on the other hand, can help identify cognitive decline, depression, and other mental health concerns in seniors.

Blood Pressure Check

Regular blood pressure checks are essential to a senior’s health check. Consistent blood pressure assessments play a crucial role in identifying and controlling hypertension, thereby mitigating the likelihood of heart disease and stroke. A blood pressure check measures the force exerted by blood on the walls of arteries. For seniors, the normal range is a systolic pressure of less than 120 and a diastolic pressure of less than 80.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a common condition in seniors and is often referred to as a silent killer due to its lack of noticeable symptoms. If left untreated, it can lead to serious health problems, including heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease. Regular blood pressure checks can help manage hypertension and reduce the risk of these conditions.

Heart Health Assessment

Heart health assessments form an essential part of a senior’s health check. They involve various tests to evaluate the heart’s function and detect potential issues. An ECG test, for instance, captures the electrical impulses of the heart, helping identify various cardiac conditions such as irregular heart rhythms and coronary heart disease.

Other tests that may be included in a heart health assessment include stress tests and echocardiograms. A stress test assesses the heart’s performance under physical stress, while an echocardiogram uses ultrasound technology to assess the structure and function of the heart. These assessments can help identify alterations in the heart’s dimensions, which are crucial markers of heart health.

Mental Health Evaluation

Another significant component of a senior’s health check is mental health evaluations. They play a vital role in identifying cognitive decline, depression, and other mental health issues. These evaluations often include a variety of psychological tests and consultations with healthcare professionals to evaluate a senior’s mental well-being.

Dementia is a common condition in seniors and can be identified through a dementia screen administered by a healthcare professional. Cognitive evaluations such as the Mini-Mental Status Examination (MMSE) and Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive (ADAS-Cog) are also commonly used. Brain imaging scans can aid in identifying underlying conditions like strokes, tumours, and other factors contributing to dementia.

Lifestyle Recommendations for Seniors

Lifestyle recommendations are a necessary part of a comprehensive health check. A healthy diet, regular physical activity, and preventive measures can significantly impact a senior’s health and well-being, reducing the risk of age-related health issues. These lifestyle changes can also help manage chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

With regard to alcohol consumption, it is advised for seniors to limit their intake to a maximum of 10 standard drinks per week and not exceed four standard drinks on any single day. This can help prevent health issues such as liver disease and hypertension and also reduce the risk of falls, which are a common cause of injury in seniors.

Healthy Diet

It is vital for seniors to maintain a healthy diet. A balanced diet for seniors should include:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Lean proteins
  • Low-fat dairy

Incorporating fibre-rich foods like wholegrain cereals, wholemeal bread, and legumes is also beneficial for their health. This can help seniors maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Lean proteins are also beneficial for seniors, as they help maintain muscle mass and strength. Some of the most advantageous sources of lean proteins include:

  • Lean meats
  • Fish
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Beans
  • Peas
  • Lentils
  • Low-fat cottage cheese

A balanced diet and regular exercise can help seniors maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Physical Activity

Another essential lifestyle recommendation for seniors is regular physical activity. It not only helps maintain physical health but also enhances mental well-being. Seniors are advised to participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, if not all, days. Some examples of physical activities that seniors can engage in include:

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Dancing
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi

These activities can help maintain muscle mass and enhance mobility, both of which are crucial for the overall well-being of seniors. Balance exercises, such as single-limb stances and heel-to-toe walks, can also help improve balance and stability, reducing the risk of falls.

Preventive Measures

Preventive measures are crucial in maintaining health among seniors. This includes:

  • Regular dental care, as good oral health, is linked to overall well-being
  • Regular skin checks, especially for seniors at a heightened risk for skin cancer
  • Use lotions with a minimum of SPF 30 to help protect the skin from sun damage.

Vaccinations are another key preventive measure for seniors. They can help protect against common illnesses such as the flu, pneumonia, and shingles. Regular check-ups with healthcare providers and staying up-to-date with recommended vaccines can help seniors stay healthy and prevent serious health complications.

FAQ’s

How much does a full-body checkup cost in Australia?

A complete body checkup in Australia can cost around AU$ 2,000, including MRI scans, genetic screening, laboratory tests, and sleep health evaluation. It offers comprehensive health assessment but comes with a significant cost.

What tests do you need when you turn 60?

When you turn 50, you must ask your doctor about screening tests for heart problems, cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, osteoporosis, and regular eye tests and dental check-ups for overall health. Maintain a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet, regular physical activity, limited alcohol intake, and avoiding smoking to promote general well-being.

What are the health checks for 60+ year-olds?

For individuals aged 60+, health checks typically involve examining blood pressure, assessing diabetes and heart disease risk, and undergoing tests for blood cholesterol and glucose levels, in addition to skin cancer screenings. These evaluations aim to identify and mitigate potential health risks.

What lifestyle adjustments can help you stay healthy in your 60s?

In your 60s, prioritising regular exercise, a balanced diet, and mental well-being is crucial for maintaining good health. These lifestyle adjustments can make a significant difference in your overall well-being.

What health services and resources are available in Sydney for individuals in their 60s?

In Sydney, individuals in their 50s can access public health clinics, private doctors for complete health assessments, and community programs and support groups to meet their health needs. These resources provide a variety of options for maintaining good health.

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