The guidelines keep changing a bit. Seniors had a higher allowed blood pressure number that was considered okay than they do now. https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/reading-the-new-blood-pressure-guidelines This article is helpful at looking at all people and blood pressure targets. This article states In 2017, "new guidelines from the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and nine other health organizations lowered the numbers for the diagnosis of hypertension (high blood pressure) to 130/80 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) and higher for all adults. The previous guidelines set the threshold at 140/90 mm Hg for people younger than age 65 and 150/80 mm Hg for those ages 65 and older." It goes on to say why they made the change to seniors needing to have lower numbers. Normal is less than 120 for everyone now.