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As You Change So Do Your Health Care Needs

January 18, 2018

Your health care needs as an adult are very different from your needs as an infant, child, and teenager. With each passing decade through adulthood, your health care needs change as your body changes.

What was recommended for you as a child is probably not appropriate for you as an adult. Plus, life can get hectic and it's easy to neglect your health or forget about your self-care during stressful times. That's why it's so important to maintain strong and open communication with your doctor to make sure you're on top of your current health care requirements.

Having the right health plan is the most important thing you can do to take care of your health at every stage of your life.

The Single Life

Being single is a great time to learn and practice healthy lifestyle behaviors that you continue to use later in life. Eating right, getting enough exercise, and seeing your doctor regularly for preventive care and advice go a long way. You'll establish beneficial patterns that will see you happily and productively through the coming years.

Married with Children

Getting married and having children means reproductive health is important. Now you may need prenatal and postnatal care and infant care for newborns. Check your benefits for services that include family planning, contraception, birth defect screenings, breastfeeding support, immunizations, and regular checkups for newborns.

You and your entire family will need preventive care including vaccinations, as well as screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure, and diabetes. Women also need mammograms, with frequency scheduled according to age and current recommendations.

Changing Jobs

If your new employer offers health benefits, be sure you fully understand what's offered. Take advantage of preventive care, and ask about any special benefits that you might not have expected such as discounts on fitness memberships, weight-loss plans, and stress management.

Living Your Best Life

Maybe you lose your family member or friend. Life has its ups and downs, and certain life events can increase your stress level. That's when it's even more important to take good care of yourself and stick with the healthy habits you've established.

Getting the recommended amount of physical activity can boost your mood and help you feel more in control. If you feel blue for an extended period, ask your doctor whether you should see a therapist or counselor, or whether medication might make a difference. One in four Americans will have a mental health issue in a given year. Don't hesitate to ask for help. 

Fit at Any Age

As an older adult, your body and your mind undergo changes. Talk to your doctor about the best ways to maximize your potential after age 65. Continuing to be mentally and physically active is the most important thing you can do for your well-being during this stage of your life.

Your doctor knows best concerning your specific needs. Be proactive and find out what's recommended for you as you pass through the phases of your life.

Sources:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/macros/topics/lifestages.html

http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/140671/CorpBrochure_lifecourse_approach.pdf