Are Your Checkups Regular?

By Ruby Cemental

A doctor visit isn't usually something we look forward to. The dread and discomfort that we sometimes feel can lead to putting off important checkups. A lot goes into our health, especially as we age. Let's take a look at why you should attend your checkups regularly.

Manage Chronic Conditions

If you have a chronic condition, it is important to have regular checkups with your doctor. It might be hard to manage chronic conditions on your own, and your doctor is an important resource. Chronic conditions can change over time, monitoring them is important in ensuring the proper treatment.

Identify New Health Concerns

Your health changes as you age, you'll have health concerns that you probably didn't have before. Going for regular checkups ensures you are as healthy as you think you are. A new medical condition can sneak up on you. If you are not going to the doctor regularly, you might not have your entire health picture. 

Discover Other Treatment Options

Even if you have a diagnosed condition that is being treated, you might be surprised to learn about new treatments or better medications that are more effective. Take the time to let your doctor know of any side effects of your medications or any health troubles that you experience in your daily life. There may be something your doctor can do to help. 

Maintain a Good Relationship with Your Doctor

Having a good relationship with your doctor is even more important as you age. The better you know your doctor the more comfortable you might be with them, which means you might be more honest. Some topics are hard to discuss, even with a medical professional. Knowing your doctor might help take some of that awkwardness away.   

Obtain New Resources

Visiting with your doctor is a great way to discover new resources and gather more information about your current health situation. A doctor can refer you to a specialist or tap into their own knowledge to give you answers. 

Get Peace of Mind

As we age, our bodies don't function the same way they used to. Changes in health can be red flags but some changes are just a normal part of aging. Attending doctor's appointments gives you the peace of mind that your body is doing what it's supposed to or that something needs to be addressed. Either way, you will know!

A little time spent at the doctors can have a big impact on your long-term health. If you need help getting to and from your appointments, we can help! Our transportation services ensure that you get to your appointments and that someone is there with you during the appointment. Our caregivers are trained to help you manage chronic conditions or other issues you might encounter with aging. Contact a Caring team near you for more information.

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