As parents we don’t even hesitate to schedule regular doctor, dentist, optician appointments for our children, but when it comes to ourselves we very rarely schedule in advance. How many of us literally wait until we are ill, we have toothache or our eyes are starting to fail us?
Yet all doctors agree that it really is vitally important for adults to receive regular checkups as they are a great time to talk about healthy lifestyle choices and review any immunizations that might be due or new vaccines that may be available.
To assist you planning when to schedule all your relevant appointments, we have listed below a month by month Wellness Calendar to help you plan your New Year’s strategy.
Starting a new diet or fitness routine on January 1st can often leave you falling short of your goals. Try starting one at the beginning of a new week or birthday, you might find you have more success.
Winter is a good time to schedule a yearly eye exam. Trying to have your eyes tested in the height of allergy season is not a good choice when eyes are often swollen or irritated.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2015 only 64 percent of adults ages 18 to 64 visited a dentist. As we age an annual or bi-annual dental appointment is a must as we are at a higher risk of gum disease and cavities. The reason this is the best time to schedule an appointment is because summer months get busy with children being off school and December can often be busier with patients trying to use their insurance benefits before the year end.
Allergy season begins this month. Consider seeing an allergist in the early part of the month. If you do take allergy medication ensure your prescription is up to date.
May is Stroke Awareness Month. Never underestimate the power of being informed. Familiarize yourself with the possible signs as outlined by the CDC.
June, July and August
The summer months mean more time exposed to the sun. Ensure you have plenty of new sunblock available at all times together with bug spray. Check expiration dates on any products you had left over from last year to ensure you are getting full protection. Also familiarize yourself with water safety rules.
This month is the perfect time to schedule your annual exam as if you like to have a flu shot it will be available at this time of year and saves you two visits. It also gives you plenty of time to see any specialists before the end of the year if needed.
National Breast Cancer Awareness month often brings “specials” that you can take advantage of with your local screening center.
If you were planning on 2 dental check-ups per annum then this is the month to do it before waiting rooms get crowded with patients looking to use their insurance and flexible spending benefits.
If you normally have a flu shot, December is not too late to schedule it and flu season usually peaks from December to February.