Caffeine often receives less than positive and perky headlines. However, when used in moderation, caffeine has many health benefits. Most elderly individuals can continue to enjoy the full caffeine version of their favorite beverages and even feel like they are receiving advantages from doing so. Read on for some interesting caffeine benefits for seniors, presented by Home Care Assistance of the Lehigh Valley.
Scientists at Coventry University discovered that caffeine enhanced muscle performance while additional studies have found consuming caffeine can provide an endurance boost during exercise and help people push through mental barriers.
Participating in low impact sports and keeping up with routine hearing exams can help with balance control. Coffee can also assist. Researchers who used actual caffeine as well as a caffeine placebo found that parameters such as postural stability and reaction times were improved by moderate caffeine consumption in research participants over the age of 75.
Decreased Risk of Cognitive Decline
A University of Florida study found that drinking three to five cups of coffee daily cut the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s but up to 70 percent. For seniors worried about memory decline, a daily cup of coffee could be a simple way to fight forgetfulness.
One study by Johns Hopkins University showed participants who ingested caffeine had improved memory consolidation a full 24 hours later that reflected a deep level of memory retention.
As with all lifestyle and dietary habits, consult physician about appropriate daily amounts of caffeine. If your senior loved one could use additional help at home to maintain overall health, don’t hesitate to reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our live-in, hourly, and respite caregivers in the Lehigh Valley can grocery shop, prepare healthy meals, and assist with physical activity to help seniors enjoy a healthy, happy life. To learn more, call 484-350-3874 and request a free in-home consultation today.