Health after 50

Selfcare as we age

Most of us can expect to live longer than ever before but will also be living with or managing chronic and often complex conditions during this time. Health issues that progress gradually can detrimentally affect our quality of life, can limit us physically and even cause disability. Whilst these are not typically life-threatening in the shorter term, they can often be better managed through the introduction of lifestyle interventions targeting better health outcomes.

In addition to making healthy lifestyle choices, such as being physically active, losing weight and incorporating better nutrition into our lives, it is important to have regular check-ups to monitor chronic illnesses. It’s also important to regularly review medication performance as well as investigate any new health complaints, including those niggling aches and pains.

Even if you are healthy and have no obvious symptoms, once you reach your 60s we recommend that you consult with your doctor at least annually for a general health check and to discuss the types of preventative screenings you can undertake in order to be proactive in reducing the risk of disease.

We are committed to providing continuity of care and building relationships with you as you age, both in the practice and by regularly visits at residential aged care facilities.

We can help you implement lifestyle changes to avoid and/or manage the following types of health conditions:

  • Heart and cardiovascular conditions such as high blood pressure, low blood pressure, angina, tachycardia, thrombosis, stroke and heart attack.
  • Neurological conditions such as dementia, Alzheimer disease, shingles, sciatica, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease.
  • Respiratory conditions including COPD and asthma.
  • Cholesterol and lipid levels.
  • Cancer such as lung, liver, colorectal, prostate, pancreatic, breast and others of concern.
  • Diabetes, including pre-diabetes or reducing your risk of diabetes as you age.
  • Kidney disease including UTIs and kidney stones.
  • Musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, gout and the like.
  • Hearing loss.
  • Eye conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, dry eye and cataracts.
  • Weight management including dealing with obesity.
  • Chronic pain and/or fatigue.
  • Sleep disorders.
  • Influenza and pneumonia.
  • Mental health such as depression and anxiety.
  • Substance or alcohol abuse.
  • Incontinence and/or increased urination urgency.
  • Fall risk factor assessments including postural hypotension, cognitive check and medication reviews.

If you have one or more chronic health condition, we will discuss how to implement a GP Management Plan (GPMP) and/or Team Care Arrangement (TCA), so you are optimally cared for under the Medicare system. As part of these arrangements your doctor may refer you to an allied health provider, such as an exercise physiologist, dietitian, or podiatrist. You can learn more about care planning here.