My Health Checkup for Better Senior Care

Posted on September 2nd, 2010

BY:  Beverly Bernstein Joie, MS, CMC
President Elder Connections

Health Checkups

As a person ages there are essential checkups for the elderly that should not be ignored.  In fact health checkups become more important than ever.  As you age your body starts breaking down just from aging.  It is very important that your health is monitored to be able to function as easily as you can.

Dr. Richard Besser, ABC’s Senior Health and Medical Editor, reported recently that colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.  Of the 50,000 people who die each year, it’s estimated that 20,000 lives could have been saved. As astonishing as that sounds, a colonoscopy is the only test that can detect and simultaneously remove precancerous polyps at the same time.

Eliminate Worry

It’s recommended that your first colonoscopy be performed at age 50.  If there are no problems, followup is typically in another 10 years.  And every two years, for the elderly.

My Story

Just this week, my husband and I found ourselves at this juncture — facing our ten year anniversary and the essential need for another colonoscopy.  I can not tell you that I was delighted by the need for this health checkup.  I gauged each life event — my son’s wedding, the birth of my granddaughter all with the realization of how much time remained between me and my next colonoscopy.  The test itself is not a non-event.  It’s the preparation for the test which may turn you off.  But,  what does an overnight of bathroom running gain us?  In one word — our health and maybe even our life.

As it turned out, my husband’s test was perfect.  But, in my case, Dr. Robert Atkins found two polyps.  These polyps were removed at the time of the test and then whisked to the lab for a biopsy.  The good news is no cancer.  I will return in five years and instead of my unrealistic whining, this essential health checkup is my turn for better senior care for me.

Now it’s Your Turn

Caring for your aging parents is one of life’s toughest jobs.  Getting a colonoscopy is rather easy — and can save your life.  Are you willing to save your own life?  Schedule your colonoscopy today.  You’ll be one step closer in taking care of your senior years.

Dr. Robert Atkins’ office is located at Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists, 933 Haverford Road, Bryn Mawr, PA. 


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