In 2014, approximately 67 million adults in the United States had high blood pressure. That means 67 million people in this country were at risk for suffering from heart disease or having a stroke.

Many people don’t know they have high blood pressure. There’s no way to tell definitively except by getting your blood pressure checked regularly. That is why they call high blood pressure the silent killer. If you are in charge of the elderly care your parent receives, it’s critical that you take your elderly parent to have their blood pressure checked by a doctor at least once a year. You can also visit most pharmacies throughout the year and have their blood pressure checked via one of the blood pressure machines that are available. But a blood pressure machine cannot replace the expertise of a doctor.

Is there anything that would indicate your parent could be at risk for high blood pressure? Yes. Here are a few questions to discuss with your loved one.

  • Does high blood pressure run in our family?
  • Does your mom or dad smoke?
  • Does your mom or dad eat an excessive amount of salt?
  • Does your mom or dad drink a lot of alcohol?
  • Does your mom or dad exercise? Exercises reduces the risk of high blood pressure.
  • Is your mom or dad overweight?
  • Is your mom or dad living with stress?

If your loved one has their blood pressure checked regularly and has high blood pressure, there are things they can do to control it. Mainly, if your parent is involved in an activity that increases their risk of high blood pressure, they need to stop that activity.

  • Stop smoking.
  • Reduce sodium intake.
  • Reduce alcohol consumption.
  • Find ways to relieve stress.

Find out what a healthy weight for your mom or dad should be and help them to lower their weight until they meet that goal.

Having a healthy body often means adopting a healthy lifestyle of eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It also means getting plenty of exercise. Be sure to discuss what physical activities are okay for your parent to do, with their doctor.

If your parent suffers with high stress, find activities they can do that will help lower or alleviate that stress. Through education and living a healthy lifestyle, your senior parent can continue to live without high blood pressure. If they already have high blood pressure, they can learn to manage it.


If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Edina, MN, and the surrounding areas, please contact the friendly staff at CareBuilders at Home Minnesota. Call today 612-260-2273.