Seniors over the age of 50 have a 90 percent chance of developing high blood pressure. If left untreated, this can lead to a variety of severe health conditions, but this can be prevented. When providing Prescott Home Care for your elderly loved one, help keep his or her blood pressure in the normal range to reduce the risk of kidney disease, heart disease, and stroke.
Reduce Salt Intake
Salt causes the body to retain water, which makes the heart work harder to remove the excess fluids. This causes the blood pressure to increase. Your loved one should opt for low-sodium or no-sodium options when buying canned goods or prepared food to reduce his or her salt intake. Additionally, instead of adding salt to flavor food while cooking, your loved one should use no-sodium spice mixes or herbs.
Encourage Exercise and Maintaining a Healthy Weight
The stronger your loved one’s heart is, the more efficiently it can pump blood to the body. Cardiovascular exercises that raise the heart rate all strengthen the heart muscle. Encouraging your loved one to stay active can help keep his or her heart strong and working well. Being overweight can make your loved one’s heart work harder to pump blood throughout the body, but exercise can also help him or her shed extra pounds. Talk with a doctor to determine a healthy weight for your loved one and how much his or her daily calorie intake should be before making any dietary changes.
Convince Your Loved One to Stop Smoking
Nicotine causes the blood vessels to constrict, making it more difficult for blood to flow through and putting more pressure on the heart to pump the blood. Studies done by the American Heart Association have shown that when people smoke, their blood pressure increases and remains high for several minutes after the cigarette is finished. If your loved one already has borderline high blood pressure, these increases caused by smoking can be dangerous.
Suggest Drinking Less Alcohol
Experts recommend senior men and women consume only one alcoholic drink per day. Drinking more than this can cause a variety of medical problems, including high blood pressure. Having several drinks in one day can temporarily raise your loved one’s blood pressure for up to two hours after he or she finishes drinking. Over time, excessive drinking can cause the condition to become chronic.
Helping your loved one maintain healthier habits can lead to a higher quality of life. If you want to learn more about ways to help promote your loved one’s health, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can assist with a wide variety of daily tasks, including exercise, nutritious meal prep, transportation, and much more. We also offer specialized Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and stroke care Prescott families trust. For more information, call one of our qualified Care Managers at (928) 771-0105 to schedule a free in-home consultation.