"You really got to turn the can around and ask questions, how much salt is in there?" said Pratt about grocery shopping.
As people age their sense of smell and taste are reduced, he said, which can make the problem even more difficult for seniors.
"[Seniors] may in some ways be their own worst enemies, because when they do taste [salt], it might be much higher than it should be," said Pratt.
Although he does think seniors are more aware of dietary issues, such as sodium, because they're being advised by their practitioner to be more aware of the food they eat.
Besides Schenectady County, the DOH is also working with the Broome County Health Department and their community partners to implement the same program.
"If you turn [sodium] down gradually it still tastes good, but you are not getting that huge whack of sodium every day," said Pratt.""