There are numerous parts of the body one could focus on, but for this article we shall consider just five of them, beginning with those that are associated only with men of senior years.
To cover all five cases below, it is necessary to have a Medicare Advantage plan such as Medicare Part C. This is because, not only does it cover things like prostate checks and bowel/colorectal screening, but it also offers extended coverage including vision, hearing, and dental.
A male-only problem could be the prostate when it comes to senior years. It is early signs of prostate cancer that need to be checked for and a healthcare plan such as the one above will provide the screening. Early detection is life-saving.
Apart from checking for it with a medical test known as a PSA (prostate-specific-antigen) test, early signs of prostate cancer for a man to look out for include burning sensations upon urinating, needing to go to the toilet in the middle of the night frequently, finding it difficult to stop and start urination, or noticing blood in the urine. There are other symptoms that a doctor will advise about. If you have any of these, you would be wise to get your prostate checked, but it is not a bad idea to have it checked at intervals anyway, to be sure.
For some measurements, 4.0 to 10.0 ng/mL is considered suspicious of prostate cancer and anything above this should be of immediate concern. The percentage of risk between these two scenarios increases from a 25 percent to a 50 percent chance of having prostate cancer. So, this is not to be ignored.
As with many conditions, avoiding certain foods will protect your health in terms of prostate and other cancers.
Colorectal screening on healthcare plans will ensure that colorectal cancer is checked for.
Things to look out for here include blood in stools, changes with stools, rectal bleeding, or trouble passing a stool. Other, perhaps less obvious signs, in terms of them not seeming to be directly connected to the area in question, will include abdominal pain, anaemia, or weight loss.
So, make sure you are screened regularly, but be mindful of the symptoms above as an early warning sign.
Eyes are something that seniors may experience deterioration with. This might be from cataracts that form or from diabetes that occur in later life. Both can be covered by a healthcare plan. It makes sense to take out one of these plans so that you can pick up on health problems sooner rather than later. They encourage you to get these tests done when they are included as part of one of these plans.
Cataracts are the world’s biggest cause of vision loss. They do not just affect the elderly, although they mainly do. Sun exposure will increase the risk. So, that is something to remind grandchildren of. On the one hand, it is good that cataracts develop painlessly, but on the other hand, it means that you gradually find that you are losing sight in your eye until these are sorted out. Regular optical checks will alert you sooner, however, which the right healthcare plan will provide.
Diabetic retinopathy is the name given to the eye complication that results from diabetes. The back of the eye, known as the retina, is damaged by high blood sugar levels. Left undiagnosed, because perhaps someone does not have a healthcare plan that includes vision checks, can mean that blindness results. This is as sad as it is life-changing when something could have been done about it. Thankfully, it usually takes years before diabetic retinopathy reaches a sight-threatening stage. However, we cannot be too careful where our sight is concerned. We don’t want to be joking with a tear in our eye and saying that we “never saw it coming” when it was entirely preventable through managing our health better through a healthcare plan that included the checks.
Loss of hearing is also a sign of old age and can be tested for. It is another of our senses that can be rectified by regular checking and intervention. There is no need to suffer in silence when you have the right healthcare plan that includes it.
Teeth become problematic in later years, which explains why many older people will have a set of false teeth. You can prevent having to lose a whole tooth by having your mouth regularly checked. Then, you might just need a filling when the tooth is only partially decayed. So, it is good when this can be included in your healthcare plan and picked up early.
To summarise, there are at least five areas of health concern for a man of aging years. The prostate, which only relates to men, bowels where cancer can also be detected, and eyes that can deteriorate for different reasons due to old age. Adding to this, hearing loss and problems with teeth. For the last three to be included, you will need a Medicare Part C plan.
We should consider our body as a car and get it checked and serviced regularly. Like a new car, we do not have to worry so much, but when we are older, everything needs close attention to avoid breaking down.