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Can Stress Make a Difference in Blood Pressure?

By Hilary and Greg Eldridge

Hypertension affects approximately 85 million people throughout the United States and if you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult suffering from this condition, it is important that you understand the various factors that influence this condition. This enables you to monitor your parent’s condition, ensure that they are managing it in the way that is right for them, and get them the level of care that is right for them to help them stay healthy as they age in place. 

One pressing risk factor for many people is stress. Suffering stress can increase the chances that your aging parent will develop high blood pressure and can make high blood pressure more difficult to control. Stress is not just an emotional response or a mental health issue. Instead, it has true physiological effects as well. When a person is experiencing stress, the blood vessels constrict and the heart rate increases. If this is temporary, the effect will dissipate, but if they are struggling with consistent stress, this effect will continue, creating a high blood pressure issue.
If you believe that your aging parent is suffering excess stress that might be negatively impacting their blood pressure, it is important to take steps to help them ease their stress. This can include getting them involved in a support group, providing additional companionship and emotional support, encouraging them to enjoy more of their favorite activities, and handling challenging tasks for them, such as taking on their bills so that they do not feel stressed about the possibility of missing them.

Starting home care for your aging loved one can be one of the best decisions that you can make for your senior during your caregiver journey with them. A care provider can act as a supplement to the care that you are giving them, as well as step in to fulfill care needs that you are unable to provide comfortably, safely, or effectively. This means that you can experience reduced caregiver stress, focus your energy, effort, and attention on all aspects of your life more effectively, and still feel confident that your parent is getting everything that they need as they age in place. When it comes to helping your parent manage serious medical conditions such as high blood pressure, this care provider can be an invaluable addition to the care routine that you have for your senior. This can include helping them to make good lifestyle choices during their daily life, providing safe and reliable transportation, offering companionship and support, and providing reminders to help them remain compliant with their medications, treatments, and guidelines. When it comes to helping your aging loved one cope with stress, this care provider can offer a variety of services tailored to improving their mental and emotional health, easing their stress, and supporting their coping mechanisms in their daily life. They can also be invaluable in easing your own stress in your role as a caregiver, which not only protects your health and well-being, but ensures that you can give your loved one the best care possible as they age in place.

Source
https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/GettheFactsAboutHighBloodPressure/Common-High-Blood-Pressure-Myths_UCM_430836_Article.jsp
https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/MakeChangesThatMatter/Changes-You-Can-Make-to-Manage-High-Blood-Pressure_UCM_002054_Article.jsp
https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/MakeChangesThatMatter/Managing-Stress-to-Control-High-Blood-Pressure_UCM_301883_Article.jsp

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring caregivers in Snellville, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.