Helping Seniors With High Blood PressureWednesday, June 17, 2020
Helping Seniors With High Blood Pressure
Simple Things to Help Take Control
Reports show that between 30 and 50% of Americans over the age of 50 have chronic hypertension (NCBI). Hypertension leads to many other health conditions that can be very severe in nature.
McGregor wants to show you some ways you can help your senior loved one keep that blood pressure under control.
Reduce Alcohol Intake
As always, check with their physician; they might still be okay to enjoy a nightcap, but limiting alcohol intake is one way you can help keep that blood pressure in check.
Cut Through the Smoke
As if lung and oral cancer aren’t ominous enough, hypertension is another illness that can be triggered by smoking. Stopping the habit will have an impact on blood pressure numbers.
Get Some Exercise
Target 30 minutes of exercise per day in their schedule. That can be a walk, some senior yoga, water aerobics - any activity that gets the heart pumping. Check with their doctor before starting any fitness plan.
Dehydration can cause blood pressure to rise in seniors. Keep them hydrated to avoid the risk of hypertension.
McGregor has great medical programs to help our residents stay healthy and live a long life. We can help monitor blood pressure and come up with dietary and fitness programs to help reduce the stress associated with transitioning to an adult care facility.