New blood pressure recommendations by age were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2014 and reported on widely, including articles from Harvard Medical School and the AARP. These sources reported that blood pressure guidelines for people over 60 could be relaxed slightly.
Previous blood pressure guidelines called for a diagnosis of hypertension when blood pressure reached 140/90. Under the new guidelines, people over 60 are not considered to have high blood pressure until their blood pressure readings reach 150/100, according to Harvard Medical School. The guidelines also recommended some changes in use of blood pressure medications based on a patient's race and the presence of diabetes or kidney disease.