A Guide to Preparing for Your Next Wellness Visit

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Getting older comes with the normal aches and pains, but it shouldn't stop you from doing what you love. There are many things you can do to make sure your body and mind are healthy and well. The first step is going for your annual wellness visit with your primary care provider (PCP).

Preventive care is one of the best ways to help you reach your health goals. All you have to do is call your PCP and make an appointment. It can give you peace of mind.


You're covered under Medicare

If you've had Medicare Part B for longer than 12 months, you can get a wellness visit once every 12 months. You pay nothing for your wellness visit if your doctor accepts Medicare . Just be sure to ask when you call to make your appointment.

If you're new to Medicare, you'll be covered for your "Welcome to Medicare" preventive visit once within the first 12 months you have Medicare Part B. During your visit, your PCP will ask about your medical history, health conditions, and prescriptions. They'll also make sure you're up to date with screenings and shots.

And if you don't have a car or a ride, there's no need to worry. Many health plans offer transportation to and from doctor appointments. Just talk to your insurance provider about arranging for a ride.

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What to expect during your wellness exam

It's important to get regular checkups — even when you're not sick. Checkups can help your PCP find or prevent health problems early. This is when they're easiest to treat. Your doctor will give you a complete exam, checking things like height, weight, hearing, and vision. You can ask questions and discuss any health concerns.

You can also develop or update a personalized prevention plan with your PCP. This plan can help prevent disease and disability based on your current health and risk factors. During your visit, your PCP will ask you to fill out a questionnaire called a health risk assessment. They may also perform a cognitive impairment assessment. This helps look for signs of Alzheimer's disease or dementia.

Questions to ask

Going to the doctor can feel overwhelming. Below are some questions that can help you prepare and feel confident that you're getting the most out of your appointment. It's your doctor's job to answer any questions you may have, so don't be shy.

1. Do I have a condition or problem that needs treatment?

2. What kind of exercise should I be doing?

3. What type of diet and which foods would be to my benefit?

4. What should I do next and why is that important for my health?

Feel good about your health goals

Getting a wellness exam is the first step in taking charge of your health. You'll feel great knowing that you checked it off your to-do list.

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