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Preventive Measures—at Any Age?

seniors elderly man woman Here are some preventive tips to keep you healthy after 50.


Many groups have screening guidelines that may differ from one another. Here is what the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) suggests:

Men and Women

Men Only

Women Only

Your doctor may want you to have other screenings. If you are worried about any health problems that run in your family, talk to your doctor about whether you should be tested. You should also talk to your doctor about any changes you have noticed in your health, such as vision or hearing changes.

Other Things You Can Do

There are other things that USPSTF says you can do to maintain your health and lower the risk of health problems.

Make sure to get a flu shot every year. You may also want to get shots to lower your risk of pneumonia and shingles. Talk with your doctor about which immunizations are right for you.

Also, women who have a family history of breast cancer may want to speak with their doctor about medicines used to lower their risk.

Tips for Every Day

  • If you smoke, talk to your doctor about ways to quit.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat a healthful diet that is low in fat and rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Reach or maintain a healthy weight.
  • Limit alcohol.

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Last reviewed November 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board  Last Updated: 11/3/2021