Maintaining a healthy blood pressure is crucial for seniors and older adults. High blood pressure is one of the primary causes of stroke and is associated with several health conditions such as coronary heart disease, kidney failure and heart disease, just to name a few. Contrary to popular belief, high numbers are not just a normal part of aging and there are several things that the senior can do to take control of blood pressure.
Making Changes Within the Diet
One of the ways that a senior can improve blood pressure is by making small changes within the diet. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, (NHLB), this is often one of the first lines of treatment. Dietary changes include limiting intake of sodium and caffeine, abstaining from alcohol, keeping cholesterol levels under control and limiting foods high in fat. Alone, or with the help of a professional live-in home caregiver, seniors can create meals that use spices or herbs instead of salt for extra flavor, and can opt for fresh or frozen foods rather than canned items. These simple measures don’t impact a senior’s regular routine and still allows them to eat their favorite foods.
Increasing Activity and Weight Loss
Increasing activity and losing just a few pounds can make a significant impact on overall blood pressure numbers. As age increases, so does a senior’s percentage of body fat unless something is done to combat the change in weight. Increasing activity can also assist in weight loss efforts and thus promote overall health. Those with limited mobility can even perform exercises from a chair. Recommendations include activity that increases the heart rate for 20-30 minutes, at least three days per week.
Taking Medications as Prescribed
The senior that takes blood pressure medication must remain vigilant. This means taking the medication as prescribed and keeping it on a regular schedule. Although this may seem like a minor task, taking medications as prescribed can make a huge difference in a senior’s overall health and blood pressure levels. Statistics have shown that those who take medications at a regularly scheduled time and per physician orders will have the best result. If your aging parent or loved one is constantly forgetting to take their medications, consider help from a caregiver from a trusted home care agency in Collin County. They’ll be able to provide medication reminders, and can also help with household chores, personal care activities, errands and transportation for medical appointments.
Controlling your blood pressure today can give you the gift of better health for tomorrow. To learn more about how to help an aging loved one control their blood pressure, contact Home Care Assistance at 972-468-6010 today. Our Care Managers can schedule a complimentary consultation where you can further discuss your loved one’s care needs and will be more than happy to answer any of your immediate questions. Find out how our flexible hourly home care plans are helping seniors maintain their independence, regular routines and quality of life.