It’s that time of year again – time for your annual wellness visit. Under your Medicare coverage, you’re entitled to yearly visits with your doctor so together you can update your personalized disease prevention plan. At your annual wellness visit, you will fill out a questionnaire about your current health status and family health history. To get a full picture of the results of your visit, ask your doctor the following five questions:
1. Am I Taking the Right Medications?
If a whole year has passed, the medications prescribed 12 months ago may not be meeting your needs any longer. You may need to increase or decrease your prescriptions as appropriate, or switch medications altogether.
2. What Type of Exercise Is Right for Me?
Seniors have a precarious balance to strike when it comes to exercise: high-level intensity workouts could cause an injury, but too little exercise could increase the risk of disease. If you are confused or lost about what type of exercise is right for you and how often you should work up a sweat, ask your doctor at your annual wellness visit. They will assess your medical history and offer safe, effective, helpful exercise guidelines.
3. How’s My Weight and Blood Pressure?
Are you overweight? Is your blood pressure too high? Maintaining a healthy body weight and keeping blood pressure within normal range are two of the main ways you can prevent health conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and more. If your measurements are outside of healthy parameters, ask your doctor what you can do to lower your blood pressure and lose weight. From dietary changes to medication options, talking to your doctor at your annual wellness visit is your chance to take charge of your health.
4. Am I at Risk of Certain Types of Disease?
Your doctor will do a complete review of your family medical history because the results can give them insight on the best course of preventative treatment for you. Talk to your doctor about your disease risk and find out if there are additional annual monitoring tests that may be beneficial to add to your check-up.
5. Do You Have My Updated Personal Health Information?
Have you chosen a healthcare proxy? Do you have a “do not resuscitate order”? Your doctor should be fully aware of your wishes and they should have updated contact information in case of medical emergency. Preparation gives you peace of mind and your doctor and family guidance when they need it.
Is it time to enroll in Medicare so you can schedule your annual wellness visit? Contact My Senior Health Plan for assistance and advice throughout your enrollment period.