Make Sure Dad Knows These Important Health Tips
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
While most health tips are applicable to men and women, there are certain things that men need to watch for. With Father’s Day around the corner, it’s a good opportunity to check in with Dad (or Grandpa, a neighbor, or friend) and remind them how to stay healthy and safe as they age.
Protect Your Prostate
Why? Approximately 3 million American men have some type of prostate disease. In fact, more than half of all men over age 65 develop benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and almost all men over 85 (about 90%) have it, making it one of the most common health problems for older men. LEARN MORE
Practice Safe Sex
Why? Many men remain sexually active in their later years. It’s important for all men (and women) to use protection during intercourse, and to get tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. LEARN MORE
Why? Aging skin is more susceptible to sun damage, which boosts risks of skin cancer. Use sunscreen year round and, for added protection, wear a wide-brimmed hat. LEARN MORE
See the Dentist
Why? Men should have their teeth cleaned and checked for cavities by their dentist at least once a year. If they wear dentures, ask the dentist to check them for proper fit at each visit. The dentist will also check for signs of diseases of the mouth and gums. LEARN MORE
Why? Interacting with friends, family and neighbors can help keep men mentally, physically and emotionally fit. It can also give your brain a boost and lift your mood. LEARN MORE
For more information, check out our tip sheet on Good Health in Later Life for Older Men.