By: Heather Harada, Program Coordinator, Keiro
It’s the last day of 2015! How many of you have been cleaning like mad the last few days? My family always did because we wanted to start off the new year fresh. I know I should keep my apartment neat year-round (and I do!), but there’s something about doing a thorough cleaning right before the new year starts.
As the end of 2015 drew near, I also found myself scheduling doctor’s appointments like crazy – the dentist, optometrist, gynecologist, dermatologist, all those “-ists.” And of course, my annual physical. It’s important to see your doctor once a year, or however regularly he/she recommends. Even if you’re healthy, going for an annual physical and getting all your labs done provides benchmarks for how you are doing. If you have health issues later on, your doctors can look back through your medical history to gain a better understanding of your health over the years. So if anything, it’s good to make sure you’re in tip-top shape!
And how to avoid the last minute rush of appointments? I’ve heard a good rule of thumb is to go for your annual physical in your birthday month. That way, you won’t forget and the physicals will be evenly spaced out through the years.
Have a Happy (and Healthy) New Year!
About the Author:
Heather Harada is the Program Coordinator, Research with Keiro. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Science degree in Gerontology from the University of Southern California. In her spare time, Heather enjoys cooking, hiking, and travelling.
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