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Published By Right At Home Vancouver on March 15, 2018

We’ve come a long way on women’s health. It wasn’t long ago that the topic was still on the fringes of our conversations about healthcare. To some, it was even taboo!

Now, women in Canada have more treatment options and greater access to healthcare than ever before. But there’s still work to do.

Many women are in the dark about issues like heart disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis, depression, and autoimmune diseases (like type 1 diabetes, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and thyroid disease.) These are among the most prominent health concerns for Canadian women, especially those who are over the age of 65. In fact, over 80% of women aged 65 or older report having at least one long-term health condition.

The good news is, there are things all women (and the people who care for them) can do right now to take charge of their health and live longer healthier lives.

Below, we’ve outlined four positive steps every woman over 65 should take to safeguard her health.

1. Know Your Body

As you age, it becomes increasingly important to be in-tune with your body’s needs, limitations, and warning signs.

Ask yourself: which routines and activities seem to tire you out? What helps you recharge your batteries? How many hours do you need to get a good night’s sleep? If you are in menopause, how is your body adjusting?

This awareness will help you recognize when something’s not right, and raise those concerns with a healthcare provider. No one knows your body better than you, and the more you know, the better you’re able to cope with health issues as they arise.

2. Learn Your Family History

Family history is a risk factor in many common health concerns for women over 65. For instance, you may have a higher chance of developing certain health issues, like diabetes or high blood pressure, if one of your parents or siblings has the same condition. But did you know that factors like the age of their diagnosis could also impact your risk?

To access effective preventative care, women over 65 should give their doctors and other healthcare professionals as detailed and accurate a family history as possible. This information could be the key to catching a potential issue early on.

3. Educate Yourself

As the saying goes, knowledge is power! Staying up-to-date on health-related issues and topics is one of the biggest steps women over 65 can take to protect their health and wellbeing.

Medical science is advancing at an incredible pace, and thanks to the Internet, much of the pertinent information is available at your fingertips. But all that information can be overwhelming without someone there to explain it. If you’re looking to learn more about health issues that matter to you, start with your doctor or local health organizations like Vancouver Coastal Health. They can often direct you to health programs and additional resources to assist with women’s well-being.

4. Take Action

Early detection is crucial when it comes to treating health conditions like high blood pressure, cancer, and heart disease. The sooner you and your doctors discover it, the more likely you are to recover and live well for years to come.

The following health concerns increase with age. Women over 65 are encouraged to get screening tests for:

 

March 8th marks International Women’s Day, an occasion to celebrate the achievements of women and call for action on empowering women around the world. We’re seizing this opportunity to encourage women to take charge of their health and take positive steps towards a living a long healthy life! We encourage you to contact us or join our conversation about women’s health on Facebook.


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