Posted on Feb 19, 2016
High Blood Pressure and Seniors and In Home Help
High blood pressure typically has no signs or symptoms and can be dangerous for elderly if left unattended for a long period of time. High blood pressure can be caused by other medical problems or as a result of other medications taken. Obesity, family history, smoking, and long term periods of stress are major risk factors for high blood pressure. As we age, we become even more susceptible to blood pressure issues.
Learning to combat high pressure can include visiting a doctor to have the condition properly diagnosed. If simply visiting the doctor makes a senior loved one nervous, be sure to let the clinic know so they can find ways to properly diagnose. The morning of the blood pressure screening, remind your senior loved one to avoid coffee, wear short sleeves, and absolutely no smoking before the test. It is important to get a correct diagnosis to properly treat high blood pressure and to prevent further damage to the body.
While there are medications that can help to reduce high blood pressure, there are other ways to help make your senior loved one feel better and lower any stress they may feel on a daily basis. If obesity seems to be a cause for the high blood pressure condition, encourage your loved one to start in small steps toward weight loss. A thirty minute walk around the neighborhood or inside the local shopping mall on poor weather days is a great way to start the journey toward better health. If your loved one is a heavy smoker, perhaps talking with them about the many benefits of quitting smoking will inspire them to give it up for good.
Time spent with those we love is wonderful in reducing stress and boosting overall sense of wellbeing for our senior loved ones. While they might not have the typical day-to-day rush of routine and tight schedule-keeping, it can still feel stressful to spend more time alone than they have grown accustomed to. Take the time to stop in for a visit or have a casual conversation by telephone whenever possible. The little bit of laughter and feeling of being included will help a senior loved one to feel less separated and important in your family’s life.
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