Caffeine May Help Seniors
April 1, 2010
I love coffee, but my everyone is always
telling us to quit drinking it.
As it turns out, the evidence continues to grow showing the benefits of
caffeine in fighting Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia.
Although caffeine is the most widely consumed psychoactive drug worldwide and a
particular favourite for senior citizens who thrive on coffee, its potential
beneficial effect for maintenance of proper brain functioning has only recently
begun to be adequately appreciated. Here are some interesting findings you can
ponder the report “Therapeutic Opportunities for Caffeine in Alzheimer’s Disease
and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases”:
● Multiple beneficial effects of caffeine to normalize brain
function and prevent its degeneration.
● Caffeine’s neuroprotective profile has an
ability to reduce some of the characteristics of Alzheimer’s disease.
● Caffeine as a disease-modifying agent for
● Positive impact of caffeine on cognition and
● Studies suggesting that caffeine may be
protective against Parkinson’s disease
According to a study conducted for a Senior Care network, 57 percent of
seniors rarely cook for themselves. And yet, a well-balanced diet is essential
to healthy aging. Seniors whose diets are nutritionally lacking are at
increased risk for a variety of health problems.
Have you thought about joining a local senior lunch club?
Such facilities offer nutritious meals at an affordable price with a
dollop of companionship on the side.
Many older adults don’t realize how much they miss the companionship of
dining with others after a spouse has died. You could find that improves your
diet as well.
Or, if you’d like to remain in your home for meals, why not invite over
friends once a week, take it in turns to entertain each other.