Men’s Health Month 2020

The Importance of Men’s Health Month for Older Men 

Men’s Health Month began in 1992 to address health concerns men of all ages face. 

Throughout June, the Men’s Health Network and other groups promote awareness of preventable health issues and teach the importance of early detection and treatment for younger men through country-wide screenings and educational campaigns.

This month is the perfect time for older adult men to empower themselves by reassessing their health and participating in screenings and educational opportunities.

The Purpose of Men’s Health Month

According to menshealthmonth.org, men have an average life expectancy of five years shorter than women. 

There are several reasons why, but one is because men are more hesitant to see a doctor. Research finds that women visit the doctor twice as often as men.

Men’s’ health needs change with age, and many may chalk up body aches or joint pain to getting old. 

Demetrius Porche, DNS, RUN, and editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Men’s Health, said: 

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Source: Enhanced Homecare

“Men put their health last. Most men’s thinking is, if they can live up to their roles in society, then they’re healthy.” 

Consequently, senior men must make those regular doctors’ visits and work with their doctors to create an appropriate care plan.

Another factor is that men are more vulnerable to certain health conditions, which can go unnoticed without regular visits to the doctor.

Many focus on conditions like heart disease, hypertension, and high cholesterol. However, men face unique problems that often go unaddressed, such as premature ejaculation, testosterone deficiency, and prostate cancer. 

That is why Men’s Health Month aims to bring more attention to preventable health conditions and promote early detection and treatment in men of every age.

It is also a chance for doctors, other health care workers, and loved ones to give their patients and men in their lives the extra push to take control of their health and schedule routine doctors’ visits. 

Men’s Health Month for Seniors

Older adult men should refresh themselves on health information, pay attention to their bodies, and schedule annual checkups. 

Doing so isn’t only important for long life, but a happier, more high-quality one, too. Besides, there is still plenty of time to make the right changes that promote well-being. 

The National Council on Aging found that about 80% of seniors ensure chronic health conditions like heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. 

But by eating right and getting active, you can alleviate or even prevent these issues so your golden years truly shine.

General Health

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Source: Johns Hopkins University

Doctor’s visits aren’t just for those times when you feel unwell; they’re also important to stay on top of your health, too. 

According to Johns Hopkins, senior men should regularly schedule screenings for:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Blood pressure
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Depression
  • Diabetes mellitus, type 2
  • Lipid disorders
  • STDs

Illness

Research from the Health in Aging Foundation found that 40% of men who become sick put off seeing a doctor for several days, and 17% would delay “at least a week.” 

Seeing a doctor when you are unwell is particularly crucial for older men.

Prescription Medication

Seniors should keep a comprehensive list of prescribed medicine and doses to ensure they are taken as directed. 

It’s crucial to let your practitioner know about the medications you take, so they can create a proper plan for your needs and avoid adverse drug interactions. 

Vaccines

Getting vaccinated is crucial at any age, but it’s especially important for seniors because the immune system declines as we get older, making it more difficult to fight off diseases and longer to recover.

Eating Right And Staying Active

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As we age, our nutritional needs change. Senior men in particular need more calcium, vitamin D, fiber, and potassium. 

Health experts typically suggest a 20-35% caloric intake from fats. For men older the 50 to determine their caloric intake, experts recommend:

  • 2,000 for inactive men
  • 2,200 to 2,400 for moderately active men
  • 2,400 to 2,800 for active men

Depending on mobility and physical capabilities, older adult men should try to include half an hour of physical activity into their day, five times a week.

It doesn’t have to be a rigorous workout, either. Even taking a walk can be enough to satisfy the recommendations. 

Plus, there are tons of indoor exercises for seniors for those days when you can’t get out of the house.

The important thing is to do what you can to improve your strength, balance, and flexibility.

Sunscreen

Melanoma is the most common type of cancer, but also the most preventable. Nearly half of seniors are diagnosed with skin cancer in the US.

However, being proactive can lower your risk and stop more damage from harmful UV rays:

  • Avoid prolonged sun exposure from 10 AM to 4 PM
  • Wear protective clothing, such as hats and sunglasses
  • Use SPF 50 or higher to any uncovered part of your body

Men’s Health is Important for Everyone

Men’s’ health is not an individual or gender-specific concern, but one that has a much wider impact. After Congress officially recognized Men’s Health Awareness Week in 1994, former Congressman Bill Richardson said:

“Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men’s health is truly a family issue.”

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Sources
  • “Men’s Health Awareness Week.” Senior Living, 24 May 2018, www.seniorlivingsystems.org/mens-health-awareness-week/.
  • “Men’s Health Month: Bringing Awareness To Men’s Health Issues During The Month Of June.” Unicity Healthcare, 8 June 2018, www.unicityhealthcare.com/mens-health-month-bringing-awareness-mens-health-issues-month-june/.
  • “National Men’s Health Month: It’s Time To Get Active and Healthy.” Capital Senior Living, 21 Oct. 2019, www.capitalsenior.com/blog/national-mens-health-month-seniors-exercise-nutrition/.

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