New Guidelines for Men & Women age 50+ to Stay Healthy & Prevent Disease

August 8, 2008 at 9:37 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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“The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the AARP today released two new checklists designed to help men and women over the age of 50 learn what they can do to stay healthy and prevent disease.

AHRQ and AARP also released an accompanying wall chart, the Staying Healthy at 50+ timeline, that provides information about recommended preventive services and can be posted in both clinical and community settings. These three publications Men: Stay Healthy at 50+, Checklists for Your Health; Women: Stay Healthy at 50+, Checklists for Your Health; and the Staying Healthy at 50+ timeline show at a glance the evidence-based recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force regarding screening tests, preventive medicines and healthy lifestyle behaviors for people 50 and older.

Checklists for Health, available in English and Spanish, are brochures that adults can take along to medical appointments and are designed to help patients and clinicians engage in discussions about necessary preventive screening tests. Unlike diagnostic tests, which clinicians order when they suspect someone has a disease, screening tests help check for problems before symptoms are apparent. Patients can use the checklists to record their screening test history and plan follow-up medical appointments. Both checklists also provide tips about other things to do to stay healthy, such as eating a healthy diet and exercising.

The Staying Healthy at 50+ timeline displays the Task Force’s recommendations for preventive care for men and women age 50 and older in a wall chart, and it is designed to be posted in places such as clinicians’ offices, senior centers, fitness centers, pharmacies and other public locations.

“Equipping people with the tools and information to stay healthy is important for healthy aging,” said Josefina G. Carbonell, Assistant Secretary for Aging of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “We are eager to promote the use of these checklists through Aging Network Community Based Partners that reach more than 10.4 million older people and their caregivers and deliver evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs.”

The Task Force is the leading independent panel of experts in prevention and primary care. The Task Force, which is supported by AHRQ, conducts rigorous, impartial assessments of the scientific evidence for the effectiveness of a broad range of clinical preventive services, including screening, counseling and preventive medications. Its recommendations are considered the gold standard for clinical preventive services.”

Go here to read/download the Men’s Checklist -> http://www.ahrq.gov/ppip/men50.pdf

Go here to read/download the Women’s Checklist ->
http://www.ahrq.gov/ppip/women50.pdf

Go here to read/download the Staying Healthy at 50+ Timeline ->
http://www.ahrq.gov/ppip/50plusposter.pdf

 

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