May is National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month. If you are a family caregiver for an elderly parent, it is important to understand this condition and the risks that your aging parent faces in relation to this condition. Hypertension is one of the most common and most impactful issues of older age, and understanding it can help you to give your parent the care that they need to either reduce the risk that they will develop it as they age in place, or that they will be able to manage it properly if they do develop it.
Some things that you should know about hypertension during National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month and throughout the rest of your care journey with your senior include:
• Approximately 75 million people throughout the United States are currently living with high blood pressure
• This number accounts for 32 percent of the total adult population, or 1 in every 3 adults throughout the country
• Another 1 in 3 adults throughout the nation is currently living with a condition referred to as pre-hypertension, or elevated blood pressure that has not yet reached the point at which it can be described as high blood pressure
• According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only approximately 54 percent of people who are living with high blood pressure actually have their condition properly under control
• Hypertension is a contributing factor for more than 410,000 people throughout the country each year
• Approximately 1,100 deaths each day are associated with high blood pressure
• High blood pressure is a risk factor for two of the top leading causes of death in the country, cardiovascular disease and stroke
• Experts believe that the statistics of high blood pressure may underestimate the true prevalence of the disease because an estimated 1 in 5 people are unaware that they have high blood pressure and therefore would not be able to report it for inclusion in statistics for each state
If your aging parent has been diagnosed with high blood pressure, or they are at increased risk of suffering from this condition, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elderly care for them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent on the schedule that is right for them regardless of how much care they need, how often they need it, or how much care you give them regularly. This means that whether your parent’s needs are mild or complex, you can work with the elderly home care services provider to devise a course of care, management, support, and assistance that will help them to stay safe, healthy, comfortable, and happy throughout their later years. Through a highly personalized approach to their care, this care provider can help your loved one live the quality of life that they desire and deserve, remain as independent as possible, and find meaning and fulfillment in this chapter in their life.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Peoria, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
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