Steps Toward Better Health: In Your 70s

Woman in 70s

General health

  • Get an annual well-woman visit
  • Get my blood pressure checked
  • Eat healthy
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Get at least 30 minutes of exercise most days (women who are fit and have no limiting chronic conditions)
  • Talk with my doctor about an exercise program that is appropriate (women with low fitness levels or chronic conditions)
  • Quit smoking or don't start up again
  • Limit alcohol use
  • Get a seasonal flu shot
  • Get a pneumonia shot if I haven't had one before
  • Ask what other shots I need
  • Ask about daily aspirin use
  • Talk to my doctor about any domestic and interpersonal violence
  • Talk to my doctor about my risk for sexually transmitted infections and need for screening
  • Talk to my doctor about any hearing or vision problems

Diseases and conditions

  • Talk to my doctor about getting my cholesterol checked if I have a family history of heart problems
  • Get tested for diabetes if I have blood pressure higher than 135/80
  • Talk to my doctor about my family history of cancers
  • Get a mammogram every other year (74 and younger)
  • Get screened for colorectal cancer (75 and younger)
  • Ask about lung cancer screening if I am a current or past smoker
  • Talk to my doctor about osteoporosis screening
  • Talk to my doctor about getting screened for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
  • Talk to my doctor about stress, depression, and other mental health concerns