Blood pressure can be a difficult thing to manage. As a person gets older, the easier it can be for health problems to arrive. Unrecognized hypertension could cause a plethora of other major
health issues including kidney disease and stroke. May is National Blood Pressure Month and there are some protocols that can be taken to ensure that all is well with the health of older adults.
According to the American Heart Association, the new blood pressure guidelines for individuals have gone up overall. Monitoring blood pressure regularly will help ensure the basic information that is needed to know if medication should be encouraged or not.
Other than medication, there are some other methods that should be used to make sure that the blood pressure of older people is regulated. The first and most notable method would be exercise. Exercise is a very well-known way for the elderly to keep certain health issues under control. Instead of doing the traditional walking, try finding new ways to spice up physical activity. Maybe trying yoga or even a dance class. If walking is the most applicable, think about changing the scenery of the walks with your caregiver or a family member for assistance. Simple arm and head exercises from a wheelchair can even make a difference in how an older adult feels about themselves while increasing mobility. Music will also make exercise more
Another aspect that can play a major role in hypertension or high blood pressure is stress. Managing stress can be strenuous, determining what's going on in one's life. A tactic that could be used to combat stress with older people is meditation. This practice gives a piece of mind; a time to reflect and let go of the distractions around you or in your mind. Mediation is a way to get back control of your thoughts and actions. This peaceful practice could also be a way to manage stress and hypertension.
Blood pressure can be a hard health factor to control, but there are some ways to combat hypertension. When something seems like it is too repetitive or uncomfortable, do not be afraid to tell your caregiver or medical professional.