Health in your 60s
Are you still working, retired, volunteering in the community or planning to travel? Busy at home with grandchildren in your life? This is a decade of change for many men, when the routines of the past can disappear and you may have a bit more time to do your own thing. How you spend your time has as much to do with your health as any other influences.
So keep moving at least 30 minutes a day with a walk or a bike ride, a game of golf, gardening, a hit of tennis – they’re all investments in your long-term mobility and energy levels. The range of opportunities open to you is far broader if you are in good health.
- If you don’t already have one, find a GP you feel comfortable talking to
- Make an annual visit to your GP an essential goal each birthday
To learn more, click the following:
- Your family's medical history
- Weight, height and waist measure
- Blood pressure
- Cholesterol levels
- Type 2 diabetes risk
- Skin cancer risk
- Hearing and vision tests
- Osteoporosis risk
- An annual flu shot and other immunisations you may need
- Screening for kidney disease
- Screening for bowel cancer – every 2 years
- Prostate cancer risk – talk to your GP about what action is appropriate for you
With the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure increasing with age, it’s important to have your blood pressure and fasting blood cholesterol and fats measured regularly. If they are within normal limits, a re-check every two years will be enough to keep a watchful eye on things. If your test results are creeping up a little, your doctor will be able to help you make a few changes and tell you when to come back for a review.
- Any erectile or urinary continence concerns
- Any relationship problems
- Other tests relevant to your medical history
- Quit smoking
- Drink moderately – up to 2 standard drinks a day and 2 alcohol free days a week
- Eat a healthy low fat diet with fresh fruit and vegetables
- Keep active and maintain a healthy weight – a 30 minute walk every day will give you significant health benefits
- Keep mentally active -do sudukos, crossword puzzles, play cards with your friends or sign up to learn something new a language, woodwork, yoga
- Challenge yourself often and keep on learning new things
- Socialise as much as possible
- Drink moderately – are you having 3 alcohol free days per week?
- Laugh lots and loud
Depression and anxiety in men are common – one in eight men experience depression and one in five men experience anxiety at some stage in their life. Depression and anxiety are illnesses not weaknesses and you should not feel ashamed or embarrassed to ask for help – the sooner the better. Your GP is a good place to start. Some signs of depression and anxiety are:
- Often feeling down or anxious/uptight
- Drinking or smoking too much
- Withdrawing from family, friends and social situations
- Stressing over small things
- Feeling easily irritated, upset or angry
- Feeling like you’re losing control
- For more information on depression and anxiety checkout the beyondblue website (www.beyondblue.org.au) or call the beyondblue info line 1300 224 636.
- Depression in men in common and treatable
- With the right treatment, most people recover from depression
- It’s important to seek help early - the sooner the better
For more information on depression and anxiety checkout the beyondblue website www.beyondblue.org.au/men or call the beyondblue info line 1300 224 636.
Got your retirement finances under control? What about your health?
Keep on top of your health and you’ll be doing the best you can to assure your future.
Live long, live well.