Steps Toward Better Health: In Your 90s and Beyond

Woman in 90s

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
  • 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
  • Talk to my doctor about preventing falls
  • 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

  • Get tested for diabetes if I have blood pressure higher than 135/80
  • Talk to my doctor about stress, depression, and other mental health concerns