As men transition into their seventies and beyond, prioritising health becomes increasingly vital for maintaining a high quality of life. With age comes a unique set of challenges and considerations, ranging from physical changes to the management of chronic conditions. 

In this article, we look at some of the key health considerations that men over 70 should keep in mind to navigate the ageing process with grace and vitality. From proactive measures such as regular check-ups and exercise to addressing specific health concerns like bone health and mental well-being, this article aims to empower older men with the knowledge and tools they need to thrive in their later years. 

By adopting a proactive approach to health and wellness, men can embrace ageing as a time of opportunity for continued growth, vitality, and fulfilment.


Regular Medical Check-ups

Routine health check-ups are crucial for early detection and management of age-related conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer.

Recent research suggests that approximately 75% of Australian men are still likely to avoid visiting the GP when they have a health concern. This apparent invincibility, or perhaps apathy, surrounding men’s health is pointed to as a major factor in why men live shorter lives than women.


Physical Activity and a Balanced Diet

Regular exercise is essential for maintaining muscle strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health, even in men over 70 who may also have complicating factors due to their age. 

Activities like walking, swimming, or gentle yoga can be beneficial and should be discussed with a GP to ensure they are done safely and do not affect any other health risk factors.

In terms of healthy eating, a nutritious diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats can help prevent chronic diseases and maintain overall health, as is the case at all ages. 


Bone Health

Older men (and women to a greater extent) are at increased risk of osteoporosis, a condition characterised by weakened or brittle bones where bones become less dense, lose strength and break more easily. It’s therefore very important for older men to ensure an adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D and engage in weight-bearing exercises to maintain bone density.

If you are over 70 years old or at risk of osteoporosis, your doctor might suggest a bone density scan (DXA), which checks the health of your bones.Bone density screenings, typically performed through a DXA scan, assess bone strength and help identify individuals at risk of fractures. 

Lifestyle modifications and early intervention can mitigate the progression of osteoporosis, emphasising the importance of regular bone density testing.


Mental Health


Social connections, mental stimulation, and activities that promote cognitive health, such as puzzles or learning new skills, are important for maintaining mental well-being. Engaging in social interactions helps to reduce feelings of loneliness and stress, while participating in mentally stimulating activities, such as puzzles, reading, or learning new skills, can enhance cognitive function and delay the onset of cognitive decline. 

As mentioned, regular physical activity, sufficient sleep, and a balanced diet also significantly contribute to mental health by improving mood and overall emotional resilience. To support your mental health, it’s important to create a balanced routine that includes social activities, mental challenges, and self-care practices.


Medication Management

Older adults often take multiple medications, which can interact and cause side effects. Regular review of medications with a healthcare provider is important to ensure they are necessary and safe.



Adequate sleep is crucial for overall health and well-being. Older adults may experience changes in sleep patterns, so establishing a regular sleep schedule and creating a conducive sleep environment is important.

The Sleep Health Foundation recommends 7-8 for older adults (65 and over). Whilst these hours are recommended, older adults who are receiving slightly more or less may still be achieving healthy and adequate sleep. It just depends on each individual’s specific needs.

In any case, aim for quality sleep each night (based on your own needs) to allow your body to repair and rejuvenate itself. Poor sleep has been linked to numerous health issues, including obesity, heart disease, and mental health disorders.


Vision and Hearing

Regular vision and hearing tests can detect age-related changes and help prevent accidents or complications associated with impaired vision or hearing.

Fall Prevention

Falls are a leading cause of injury in older adults. 

Australian and international studies have identified that approximately one in three people aged 65 years and over fall each year, with 10 per cent having multiple falls and more than 30 per cent experiencing injuries requiring medical attention. The rates of falls and associated injuries are higher for older people in hospital settings and residential care.

Removing hazards from the home, using assistive devices if necessary, and staying physically active can help reduce the risk of falls.


End-of-Life Planning

While not a pleasant topic, older adults should consider their wishes regarding end-of-life care and communicate them to their loved ones. This may include decisions about advance directives, living wills, and powers of attorney for healthcare.



Ageing is a natural part of life, and with the right approach, men over 70 can enjoy fulfilling and active lifestyles well into their later years. By prioritising regular health check-ups, maintaining an active lifestyle, and paying attention to diet and mental well-being, older men can optimise their health and vitality. It’s never too late to make positive changes to support overall well-being, and by staying informed and proactive, men can navigate the ageing process with confidence and resilience. 

To assist you in this journey, consider scheduling regular health screenings with Healthscreen. Our specialised services cater specifically to the needs of older adults, ensuring you receive comprehensive care tailored to enhance your quality of life. Embrace ageing not as a barrier but as an opportunity to enjoy new experiences, cultivate meaningful connections, and continue to pursue passions and interests. You can book your appointment with Healthscreen today and take a decisive step towards a healthier, more vibrant future.