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4 Ways Seniors Can Lower Their Blood Pressure

By Kevin McClarren, 9:00 am on

Nearly 68 million adults in the United States have high blood pressure, and this condition particularly affects the elderly population. One of the best ways seniors receiving Warren elderly home care can lower their blood pressure is through simple lifestyle changes. If you are concerned about your senior loved one’s health, here are 4 changes that may help naturally reduce his or her blood pressure. 

1. Limiting Salt Intake 

Both fatty foods and sodium can result in raised blood pressure, which can strain arteries and make a heart work much harder to regulate blood flow throughout the body. Instead of adding salt to food, your loved one can try experimenting with fresh herbs and spices like oregano, basil, and cinnamon to add flavor to his or her recipes. He or she should also carefully read food labels for salt content. Adults should consume 1,500 mg or less of sodium daily. 

2. Eating a Plant-Based Diet

Seniors and other adults who followed a vegetarian diet had a lower blood pressure reading than those who ate meat regularly, according to a study featured in JAMA Internal Medicine. This study indicated that when a person ate mostly fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, it reduced his or her need for blood pressure medication. Researchers also indicated in this study that a person who ate a vegetarian diet could expect to see lower blood pressure numbers in about 6 weeks.

3. Avoiding Tobacco Products 

Each time a senior smokes a cigarette, it immediately raises blood pressure and hurts his or her arteries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Seniors who smoke double their chances of having a stroke and heart disease compared to those who do not. Even if your loved one doesn’t smoke, other people who smoke should not do so around him or her because secondhand smoke increases heart disease by approximately 30 percent.

4. Exercising Regularly 

The United States Department of Health and Human Services suggests seniors who get some type of exercise approximately 30 minutes each day can lower their blood pressure. Depending on your loved one’s physical abilities, he or she could try a 30-minute walk or go swimming. Seniors who are able to maintain a regular exercise routine can reduce their blood pressure in about 3 months.

Whether you’re concerned about your loved one’s blood pressure or just want to encourage a healthier lifestyle, Home Care Assistance can help. Our expertly trained caregivers are able to assist with many daily tasks such as exercise, healthy meal prep, and grocery shopping. We also provide specialized Alzheimer’s, stroke, and Parkinson’s care for Warren seniors who require more comprehensive assistance. To learn more and to schedule a free in-home consultation with one of our qualified Care Managers, call 908.450.9400 today.