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Our focus is on you and helping you live your best life, the way you want to live it — now and in the future. We’re here to help in any way we can. 

Your needs may change year to year. But that doesn’t mean your medical group needs to. At The Everett Clinic, you can come to us for any level of care throughout your retirement. We offer affordable, personalized care, from primary care to more than 40 specialties.  

Living well past 60

People in the United States are living longer than ever before, and many seniors live active and healthy lives. There are many things you can do to stay healthy and active as you age.

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Special care for people age 60+

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We're here for you, for all your care needs. 

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How to be a healthier you

  • As you age, you need fewer calories. But you still need the same amount of protein, vitamins and minerals. That means that you should make sure your foods are packed with nutrients and not empty calories.

    Choose foods that have vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates, lean protein, low-fat milk products and healthy fats.

    Here’s what U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends. It’s designed for a person eating 2,000 calories a day.

    • 2 to 2½ cups of fruit
    • 2 to 2½ cups of vegetables
    • 7 to 8 ounces of grains, half of them whole grains
    • 5½ ounces of protein
    • 2 to 3 cups of low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt, or other milk products
    • No more than 6 teaspoons of oil

    You’ll need to adjust these amounts depending on your daily calorie level.

    For more information on eating well, visit ChooseMyPlate

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  • Being active is a good way to stay healthy, no matter what your age. Research shows that it can help you:

    • Do more day-to-day activities
    • Improve your balance
    • Live better with diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis (brittle bones)
    • Stay fit and strong
    • Overcome depression
    • Feel better over all

    Who should exercise?

    Almost anyone, at any age, can do some type of movement. You can still exercise even if you have heart disease or diabetes. In fact, physical activity may help.

    For most older adults, it's safe to do brisk walking, ride a bike, swim, lift weights and gardening.  You'll want to start slowly, at first. And check with your doctor.

    For more ideas, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Safety tips for exercise

    To make sure you're exercising safely:

    • Start slowly, especially if you haven’t been active for a long time. Little by little add more time or work harder at it.
    • Stretch before you start to warm up your muscles. Simply walking and swinging your arms can help.
    • Use safety equipment. For example, wear a helmet for bike riding or the right shoes for walking or jogging.
    • Be sure to drink plenty of fluids (unless your doctor has told you not to).

    Exercise shouldn't hurt or make you feel really tired. You might feel some soreness, a little discomfort, or a bit tired. But you shouldn't feel pain. In fact, in many ways, being active will probably make you feel better.

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  • It's normal to forget things. It's even normal to have some trouble learning new material or needing more time to remember things. Normal aging does not lead to dramatic memory loss or a decline in mental abilities.

    Everyone forgets from time to time. But if you or a loved one is having memory problems that cause problems with day-to-day life, talk to your doctor. 

    Here are some tips for keeping your mind sharp as you age:

    • Get up and move regularly
    • Eat plenty of vegetables and fatty fish
    • Don’t smoke or drink too much
    • Watch your cholesterol and blood pressure

    Here are some ways to keep your brain active:

    • Be social
    • Learn new skills
    • Play challenging games
    • Attend classes, lectures or seminars (there are many online)
    • Keep up family connections
    • Volunteer (online, as well)
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  • If you smoke, it’s never too late to stop. And there is plenty of help. You don’t have to go it alone.

    To make an appointment, call 1-425-339-5410. No referral is needed.

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  • Taking good care of your health should include a complete visit with your doctor every year. If you have Medicare or Medicare Advantage, you have two choices: An annual comprehensive visit (ACV) or an annual wellness visit (AWV).

    If you're covered by Medicare, you qualify for an AWV. This is a preventive visit. Medicare is very specific about what is covered. For more information, visit medicare.gov.

    We think the annual wellness visit is a valuable service. But we believe that doing it as part of an annual comprehensive visit (ACV) is a better way to take care of your health.

    An ACV is thorough. You and your doctor will talk about your ongoing health problems and the medicines you take.

    At the end of the visit, your doctor will give you a written care plan. The plan includes everything you and your doctor plan to do to take care of your health. It includes tests, medicines, specialists to see and any other special care. 

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  • How often: Every calendar year

    What it covers:

    • Medicare health risk assessment (you and your doctor will talk about what things raise your chances of certain medical problems)
    • Family and medical history
    • Health maintenance and disease management treatment plan (what you and your doctor will do to take care of your health)
    • Eye exam
    • Referrals for preventive screening (your doctor will suggest certain screenings you may need)
    • Review and manage ongoing/long-term medical problems (you and your doctor will talk about how to care for your problems; for example, medicines to take or specialists to see)
    • Review and manage any new or acute health problems
    • Develop your plan of care; this includes refills, labs and other tests for the upcoming year
    • Exam, if needed
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  • How often: Every 12 months

    Cost: No cost to you, unless you and your doctor talk about items not covered by Medicare

    What is covered:

    • Medicare health risk assessment (you and your doctor talk about what can raise your chances of certain medical problems)
    • Family and medical history
    • Health maintenance screening (tests or screenings to find early signs of serious medical problems)
    • Eye exam
    • Referrals for preventive screening (your doctor will suggest certain screenings you may need)

    To schedule your visit, call 1-425-399-5755.

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  • Falls can cause major injury and cause a person to go to the hospital, or even a nursing home. There are many things you can do to keep yourself from falling.  It’s important to tell your doctor if you’ve fallen or are afraid of falling.

    What can cause falls?

    • Weak legs and unstable walking
    • Balance problems
    • Poor vision
    • Memory problems
    • Certain types of medications
    • Your blood pressure drops when you are standing

    Even routine activities can lead to a fall. Talk to your doctor and look at ways to keep from falling.

    How to make your house safe to protect you from falls:

    • Have a lamp or light switch that you can easily reach without getting out of bed.
    • Use night lights in the bedroom, bathroom and hallways.
    • Keep a flashlight handy.
    • Turn on the lights when you go into the house at night
    • Have light switches at both ends of stairs and halls.
    • Install handrails on both sides of the stairs.
    • Add grab bars in the shower, tub and toilet areas.
    • Use bathmats with suction cups.
    • Use nonslip adhesive strips or a mat in the shower or tub.
    • Think about using an elevated toilet seat.
    • Keep snow and ice off entrances and sidewalks. 
    • Keep outdoor walkways clear and well lit.
    • Paint outside stairs with a mixture of sand and paint for better traction.
    • Don’t stand on a chair to reach things. If you use something often, put it where you can reach it easily.
    • Use helping devices, such as canes, when needed.
    • Make sure that carpets are firmly attached to the stairs.
    • Think about sitting on a bench or stool in the shower.
    • Remove all clutter in your house. 
    • Don’t walk around in stocking feet. They can make you slip or trip.
    • Wear non-slip, shoes or slippers that fit snugly. Choose shoes with low heels.
    • Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about your medicines.  Ask if any of them can make you unsteady.
    • Watch your alcohol intake. More than two drinks per day can make you unsteady.
    • Have your hearing and eyes tested.
    • Exercise regularly to keep you strong. If you feel dizzy or light-headed, sit down or stay seated until your head clears. If you keep feeling dizzy, tell you doctor.
    • Paint the edges of outdoor steps and any steps that are especially narrow or are higher or lower than the rest. This will help you see them better.
    • Tack rugs and glue vinyl flooring so they lie flat.
    • Remove or replace rugs or runners that tend to slip. Or attach non-slip backing. 
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  • Getting enough sleep and taking care of sleep problems like snoring and apnea is good for your health. Doing so can lower your chances of having problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart attacks, heart failure, strokes, arthritis and even cancer.

    Most adults need seven or eight hours of sleep each night to feel fully alert during the day. This is usually true for people age 65 and older as well. But, as we get older, we might have more trouble sleeping.

    Many things can get in the way of sleeping well or sleeping long enough to feel fully rested. Older adults might get sleepy earlier in the evening. Older adults may have insomnia, which makes it hard to fall asleep when going to bed or staying asleep all night. They might wake up very early in the morning and not be able to go back to sleep.

    Some causes of sleep problems include:

    • Smoking, alcohol or drinks with caffeine
    • As we age our bodies make less of the chemicals and hormones that help us sleep well (growth hormone and melatonin)
    • Some medicines can keep people awake
    • Not being active

    What can you do to sleep better?

    • Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on weekends.
    • Don’t read, snack, or watch TV in bed.
    • Stay away from drinks with caffeine about eight hours before bedtime.
    • Stay away from nicotine and alcohol before bed.
    • Don’t take naps longer than about 20 minutes.
    • Try to move around and be active every day.
    • Ask your doctor if any of the medicines you're taking could be keeping you awake at night.
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