High blood pressure is a real concern for seniors across the world. It doesn't discriminate; and affects both the youthful and the young at heart. High blood pressure can greatly increase the risk for heart disease and stroke, 2 leading causes of death in the United States. But how can we help seniors with high blood pressure? Home care might be the answer!
Blood Pressure Basics
A person's blood pressure gauges the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls. High blood pressure is dangerous because it makes the heart work harder to pump blood to the body, and can harden the arteries.
There are several things that can impact our blood pressure. Some we have no control over such as genetics and aging; however, some factors can be controlled such as:
Monitoring salt intake
Controlling stress levels
Increasing physical activity
But how does home care fit in?
Blood Pressure & Home Care
Having a caregiver in the home can help decrease your blood pressure. Why? Because caregivers can help you monitor your body, your eating habits, and other blood pressure contributors.
Here are some examples:
Monitor dietary restrictions: Caregivers can help prepare meals based on the dietary restrictions determined by the primary physician or nutritionist. Low-sodium diets have been proven to help keep blood pressures within normal range. Additionally, there are many senior super foods that can help boost overall health.
Provide enduring social interaction: Play games, watch movies, talk and laugh. Meaningful companionship can help to alleviate stress. Decreasing stress levels also helps keep blood pressures down.
Help staying active: Caregivers when possible encourage movement. It may just be a walk to the mailbox but physical activity is a great way to help maintain a healthy blood pressure.
High blood pressure is sometimes called the "silent killer" because it usually has no warning signs or symptoms. Being proactive in our attempts to help prevent it from occurring is a big part in fighting the disease. If you notice a change, or are concerned about your loved ones blood pressure, consult your primary care physician for help.