Your life and priorities might have changed now, and you may have realised the importance of good health.
Staying healthy now means you can make the most of your plans for the years ahead – life travel, family time and retirement.
Learn about the health habits of Aussie men in their 60s today, get simple health tips and find out which health checks you need to tick off.
How healthy are Aussies men in their 60’s?
According to the data in the Medibank Better Health Index*:
- 32% have high blood pressure and 12.3% have cholesterol problems.
- 5.9% have cataracts.
- 13.6% have had the flu in the last year.
- 8.6% suffer from anxiety. This is lower than males in any other age group, but still up from 5.3% in 2007-08.
- 10.8% suffer from depression, this is also lower than males in any other age group.
- 7.5% suffer from sleep disorders.
Tips for your 60s and beyond
- Visit your doctor (GP) for regular check-ups and relevant screening.
- Keep physically active. Take up golf, tennis or walking, or try something new to keep fit and feeling good.
- Keep your mind active. Challenge yourself by learning new things, and try new hobbies.
- Look after your mental health. Older people may be more at risk of loneliness, which can impact your physical and mental health. Talk about your problems or concerns with a friend or family. See your GP or a psychologist if you think you might need professional help.
- Watch your drinking habits and remember it’s never too late to quit smoking.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Watch your food intake, take time to prepare nutritious meals and eat lots of fruit and vegetables.
- Socialise at much as you can and enjoy time with your family and friends.
Health checks to have now
- Check yourself. Here are some simple health checks you can do yourself at home.
- Visit your GP for regular check-ups and screening. A prostate examination might be recommended. Talk about any emotional concerns, anxiety, stress and depression you might be experiencing.
- Screen for bowel cancer. Once you’re over 50, you should be screened every 2 years. Through the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, many people 50 and over are automatically sent free FOBT kits.
- Keep your weight and waist in check. Measure your waist and check your BMI ensure you are at a healthy weight.
- Visit the dentist every 6 to 12 months. Or as recommended by your dentist. Good oral health not only contributes to a great smile, but also to your general health and wellbeing. If you are a Medibank member with extras cover you can get 100% back on your annual dental check-up, except x-rays, at a Members Choice dentist.
- Get your hearing tested. Talk to your doctor if you need a referral.
- Get the flu shot. An annual flu shot is recommended for people 65 years and over.
- Get your eyes tested regularly. Our eyesight changes as we get older. An eye test is not just good for checking whether your glasses are up to date. It’s also a vital check on the health of your eyes. An eye test can pick up eye diseases, such as glaucoma and cataracts, as well as general health problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure. If you have health insurance, check if you have optical cover. If you are a Medibank member, you’ll get 100% back up to your annual limit for prescription glasses, contacts and more at any recognised optical provider Australia wide.
* Roy Morgan age breakdown: private definition grouping 60-69 year olds. Research spanning July 2007 to June 2016.