The normal pulse rate for a 71 year-old male is 60 to 100 beats per minute, according to WebMD. Normal pulse rate is the number of times the heart beats per minute while a person is at rest.
It varies with age and is higher for younger people than older people. Babies younger than one year have a normal resting heart rate of 100 to 160 beats per minute. This rate falls as the child grows up, leveling to 60 to 100 beats per minute at the age of 11 to 17 years. Active athletes can have a normal resting heart rate of 40 to 60 beats per minute.