The healthy range for blood pressure is the same for all ages. However, according to The Merck Manual of Geriatrics, blood pressure tends to rise for most people aged 65 and over.
According to HighBloodPressureInfo.org, the ideal blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg and lower. Yet, the average blood pressure raises as people age. For instance, the average blood pressure for people aged 60 to 64 years old is 134/87 mmHg.
Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure. The Merck Manual of Geriatrics explains that high blood pressure can lead to other health complications, such as heart failure and stroke. According to HighBloodPressure.org, high blood pressure is 140/90 mmHg and above.
Isolated Systolic Hypertension
According to The Merck Manual of Geriatrics, two-thirds of people in developed countries over age 65 have isolated systolic hypertension. This means that only the systolic pressure reading, the top number, is elevated to 140 mmHg or higher. The Merck Manual of Geriatrics explains that an elevated systolic pressure shows greater risk of cardiovascular disease than an elevated diastolic pressure.