Women in Their 70s: Seniors Can Stay Strong (Video)

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Age 70 and beyond are very important senior years, says Holly L. Thacker, MD, when women want to maintain their independence. The main causes of women entering nursing homes are memory loss, incontinence and a broken hip, so we want to carefully screen for blood pressure levels, bladder function and osteoporosis. Stroke is a concern for women over 70, so we need to make sure your heart and blood pressure are at healthy levels. We’ll make sure you maintain your good health by reevaluating the medications you’re on, and continue to screen for diabetes and thyroid conditions.

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Holly L. Thacker, MD

Holly L. Thacker, MD, Director of the Center for Specialized Women's Health and Executive Director of Speaking of Women’s Health, is nationally known for her leadership in women's health.
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    These are great and actually simple tips provided by Dr. Thacker. To add to Dr. Thacker’s point about sun protection daily, against UVA and UVB rays – look for a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF of at least 15 (recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation – can obviously go up and some dermatologists recommend an SPF of at least 30) – that will indicate that the product protects against both UVA and UVB rays. SPF is only a measure of protection against UVB rays. UVB rays can cause sunburns while UVA rays can cause skin aging.