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The 50s, 60s
and Beyond

3 Osteoporosis. Women should
have their bone density measured
between ages 55 and 65, depending
on risk factors such as family history
and smoking. Kecia Gaither, MD, a
member of the American Congress of
Obstetricians and Gynecologists, says
bone density screening is especially
important for African-American women,
who often don't get enough vitamin D
because the pigmentation in their skin
reduces vitamin D production.
3 Infectious diseases. People older
than 60 should have the shingles vaccine, and those older than 65 should
get the pneumococcal vaccine.

Staying active can

Prioritize You

3 Colorectal cancer. Starting at age
50, women at normal risk should have
a colonoscopy. "There are some new
tests on the horizon, and more advances
may be coming in the future," Lillie
says. "But for now, colonoscopy is the
gold standard."

help keep
bones strong.

PHOTO BY GLOW IMAGES

Getting outside for
a walk is a great way
to exercise.

No matter your age, Gaither reminds
women to see their dentists and eye
care professionals regularly.
And don't forget to talk to your doctor about your mental health, personal
health and safety. "My plea would be:
Please be open and talk about your concerns," Lillie says. "Your physician is
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