- Health risks, such as age and family history for certain diseases, can’t be controlled.
- Screening tests and preventive measures aren’t useful if an older adult’s health is poor or they have few years left to live.
A person’s healthcare goals and choices need to be taken into account when making decisions about tests, vaccines, and changing lifestyles.
Screening for Common Diseases and Conditions
Below are general recommendations to help prevent illness in older adults. These guidelines can change over time as knowledge about illness increases. Some people may have different needs for screening, depending on their risks and age.