How to improve blood circulation among the elderly

A healthy and steady blood flow is possible even in your senior years. While elderly people are prone to experiencing poor blood circulation, researchers are finding ways to avert such impairments or at least delay the process.

Here are some methods that may improve blood circulation in the elderly. Be sure to consult your doctor first before trying any of them.

Moderate Exercise

It's no secret that people's activity level decreases as they age. This leads to a progressive loss of muscle fibres, making exercise more difficult. The good news is, Dallas-based Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital’s Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine found that older adults aged 60 and above can improve their blood circulation just by brisk walking for 30 to 50 minutes.

The findings confirm that it’s never too late for elderly men and women to take charge of their health. You can do it, too. Start small with simple and moderate exercises. Be sure to talk to your physician. More importantly, consult a professional who can help you achieve your exercise goals.

Geriatric Massage

Geriatric massage is not like any other form of massage. It’s specially designed for older adults who need help with the following:

  • Body pain
  • Loss or weakened bodily functions due to ageing
  • Poor blood circulation
  • Limited movement of certain body parts

Geriatric massage therapists are everywhere, but you need to check with your doctor first. If you’re allowed to go, ask for a recommendation. You can also ask friends and relatives to help you find a suitable therapist.

Hot Therapy

Temperature-related therapies are often used for muscle and joint pain. But they also help improve blood circulation in the elderly.

Heat opens up blood vessels and thus increases blood flow. It can also enhance movement of body parts and flexibility of tendons and ligaments by decreasing muscle spasms.

Massages can help improve blood circulation

Since heat comes from various sources and can be applied dry or moist, it’s best to ask your physician or therapist which source and temperature is best for you.

Elderly people are also strongly encouraged to employ professionals who can safely apply heat.

There’s another temperature-related therapy you might be interested in. It’s called aquatic therapy or hydrotherapy, a form of therapy done in a warm, shallow pool.

Like any other temperature-related, hydrotherapy requires professional supervision.

Healthy Diet

There are many causes of poor blood circulation. Clogged veins due to high blood pressure is one popular cause. Fat and simple carbohydrates like sugar are often blamed for blood circulation problems. Elderly people can benefit simply by avoiding these main culprits from their diet.

Improving your blood circulation will depend on a number of factors: the root cause of your circulation problem, your eating habits, your lifestyle and many more. Talk to your doctor before trying any of these suggestions and be sure to ask for personalized advice.