Preventative care is the foundation of good health. Fortunately, most health insurance covers the essentials of preventative care. Here are some elements that you should consider:
Immunizations: Even adults should make sure their immunizations are in order. In fact, some immunizations (e.g., pneumonia and shingles) are available only to older adults. Nut even folks in the prime of life want to make sure they are up to date on basic vaccines. An annual flu shot and (hopefully soon) a coronavirus shot can make a big difference.
A visit to the dentist every six months will keep you smiling. An eye exam every year or two is a good idea.
How often you need to see a doctor for a physical will depend on your age, your overall health, and how well you keep track of things like your blood pressure at home.
Screening tests can be very helpful in heading off serious illness. Things like blood pressure monitoring, cholesterol checks, bone density scans, mammograms, cervical cancer screening, colonoscopies, and cardiac checks can help stop problems in their early stages. Consider a sit-down with your doctor (or a telemed appointment) to discuss what screening schedule is right for you.