Epidemiology class: The elderly need to go back to see a doctor and make preventive health care the top priority
Elderly patients should contact their doctors for health visits. Roberto Silvino / NurPhoto via Getty Images The elderly suffer from a higher burden of disease and death due to COVID-1
9, among which elderly people aged 65 and over have a higher rate of hospitalization and death. But that is only part of the sad story. In many cases, the elderly no longer see a doctor, thus postponing standard clinical care for their chronic diseases and preventive care. When the medical clinic reopened, after the first closure in the spring of 2020, many patients did not return. The National Survey and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that nearly one-third (about 32%) of American adults have postponed routine care due to the pandemic from March 2020 to July 2020. Public Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and NPR have found that during the coronavirus outbreak, one in five American households has difficulty when they need medical services. This is usually due to difficulty in making appointments, resulting in poor health in more than half (57%) of the cases. Although emergency medical care is essential, preventive medical care is also important for optimizing health, especially among the elderly. As a geriatrician and professor of medicine, I think one of the best things the American healthcare system can do is to make 2021 the year of preventive care, especially for the elderly. The doctor will discuss how many medications the elderly took during the health visit. Spencer Platt / Getty Images is concerned about issues other than the COVID-19 vaccine. Since the elderly are vulnerable to COVID-19 infection, when the public starts to use the COVID-19 vaccine, they are the first to bear the brunt. This is completely consistent with the public health prevention strategy. Vaccinations for the elderly, including those for influenza, shingles, and pneumonia, are an important part of preventive health care. However, for the elderly, preventive health care is more important than vaccination. Preventive care is important medical care that is consistent with the patient’s other medical conditions and care goals. Preventive screening of the elderly should be based on a personalized prevention plan between the patient and the doctor. Preventive screening ideally can identify problems before they occur-talk about living alone, memory changes, falls, and who is nearby to help if needed. For people over 65 years of age who have received Medicare Part B treatment for 12 months, Medicare allows an annual health check every 12 months, which is usually free. Medicare annual health visits are different from regular follow-ups for chronic diseases. This visit focused entirely on health risks and prevention. With the changes in the COVID-19 pandemic, your doctor or healthcare provider can even visit it as a telemedicine video. The focus of this visit is preventive health care. It includes: a review of your medical and family history, making or updating a list of current providers and prescriptions, height, weight, blood pressure and other routine measurements, detection of any cognitive impairment, personalized health advice, evaluation of risk factors and treatment options, pre-care Plan a schedule or list of appropriate preventive services, such as screening and vaccines. If you have not seen a doctor in the past year, there is no need to worry. I believe they will be happy to receive your letter and work hard to keep you healthy. Therefore, please call your doctor or healthcare provider immediately to schedule an appointment and ask if you are eligible to schedule a Medicare annual health check. As the country begins to surpass the highest number of cases and death rates in the COVID-19 era, the healthcare system and patients need to focus on optimizing their health. [You’re smart and curious about the world. So are The Conversation’s authors and editors. You can get our highlights each weekend.]This article is republished from The Conversation, a non-profit news site dedicated to sharing the ideas of academic experts. Its author is: Laurie Archbald-Pannone (Laurie Archbald-Pannone) of the University of Virginia. Read more: Why do older people recover more slowly? Nearly two-thirds of black Americans cannot live alone, without help-and for the Latino Lauris Laurie Archbald-Pannone (Lauris Laurie Archbald-Pannone), in, from any The companies or organizations that benefit from this article received funding and did not disclose any affiliates other than their academic appointments.