Age-Related Changes in Vital Signs
Vital signs are objective measures of the physiological functions of the body that are used to monitor acute and chronic diseases. It involves four standard measurements namely pulse or heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, and body temperature. It is important to regularly monitor your vital signs to have an update of your health condition and prevent potential risks. You may ask help from a home care provider to have an accurate measurement.
However, our vital signs undergo changes as we get older. These changes include:
- Body Temperature
As you get older, it becomes difficult for your body to control its temperature. A decrease in the amount of fat under the skin makes it harder to stay warm. Aging also decreases the ability to sweat, which makes it harder to identify if you are becoming overheated.
- Heart and Breathing Rate
When exercising, it may take longer for seniors’ pulse to increase and also longer to slow down afterward. Their highest heart rate is lower than it was when they were younger. Older adults’ lung function also decreases slightly. Healthy seniors can usually breathe without effort.
- Blood pressure
Older individuals may easily get dizzy when standing up too quickly due to a sudden drop in blood pressure. This condition is called orthostatic hypotension. A provider of home health care in Hawaii may assist your senior loved ones with transferring or positioning to avoid risks.
With 3GS Direct Care Services Provider, LLC, a Medical Home Care in Honolulu, Hawaii, we can assist you and your loved ones in maintaining good vitals despite aging changes. We can also help you with other healthcare needs to achieve optimum health. Contact us today for more information.