4 Important Things to Do Before the End of the Year
Make sure you stay on track with your preventive health this year by doing these 4 things.
1. Get your physical
Having a physical each year is one of the most important things you can do for your health. An annual physical makes it easier for your doctor to spot problems earlier when they are easier to treat. Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO members pay a $0 copay for a preventive physical exam every 12 months.*
If your primary care physician (PCP) advises against getting a physical now, ask if a different kind of preventive visit that can be done via telehealth/telemedicine would be right for you. For example, an Annual Wellness Visit can be done through telehealth/telemedicine. At an Annual Wellness Visit, your PCP will review your health status and spend time learning about your lifestyle, daily activities, nutrition, and any stress you may have. Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO members pay a $0 copay for an Annual Wellness Visit every 12 months.*
2. Check your medications
Your doctor can review your medications to make sure they are safe and right for you. Your doctor can check for possible side effects from using multiple medications, and make sure your prescriptions are current and still needed. Whether you are using telehealth/telemedicine for a virtual doctor appointment or seeing your doctor in person, use your Doctor Visit Book to write down all your medications and review them with your doctor at your next appointment.
3. Get your screenings
Preventive health screenings can save your life. Screenings check for illness or disease before you have signs or feel sick. By getting the screenings you need, your doctor is more likely to find diseases earlier when they are easier to treat. Check with your doctor to see which screenings are right for you. Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO members pay a $0 copay for many screenings. See the list of preventive screenings our HMO plans cover.
4. Make a plan
Are you sticking to your health goals so far this year? If not, take time to review them and make adjustments if needed. Two of the most important parts to any healthy lifestyle are physical activity and nutrition:
- Physical activity—Regular exercise is one of the keys to staying healthy and can help improve your strength, stamina, energy, and mood. It also helps you to maintain your independence. If you are already active, review your program to see if you need to increase or decrease your activity. If you’re not as active as you would like to be—it’s not too late to start. There are many ways to be active. Walking, gardening, climbing stairs, or doing yoga are all ways to be active.
- Eat healthy—Good nutrition is especially important for older adults. It can increase your energy level and help you fight off illness or recover from an injury. Make sure you stick to your nutrition goals for the rest of the year.
Need help with your health goals?
Care Managers are available to help you reach your health goals. Find out what a Care Manager does and how they can help you.
*A copay may apply if you receive services that address a medical condition during an annual physical or Annual Wellness Visit.