The elderly are amongst the age group that drinks coffee the most, with almost 75 percent of Americans 55 years old and older drinking at least one cup of coffee a day. Although drinking coffee in moderation can help to improve energy, mood, and health, overconsumption of coffee can affect your loved ones’ health, and cause problems with hydration and sleep. Here at Rittenhouse Village At Portage, we ensure all residents in our senior living community consume everything in moderation to stay healthy. Read on to find out more about the effects of coffee drinking on you or your loved ones!
Coffee can Reduce Risks of Chronic Conditions and Ailments
Many people drink a cup of coffee first thing in the morning as it helps to wake the body up. Coffee is great at making people feel more awake and enhancing cognitive functions. Studies have also shown that coffee can help reduce the risk of ailments and conditions like liver disease, depression, type 2 diabetes, and even Parkinson’s disease.
Further research conducted has even shown that people who drink about 3-5 cups of coffee daily have a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Coffee can Result in Sleep Issues
However, when more than four cups of coffee a day have been consumed, it can result in restlessness, anxiety, heart palpitations, headaches, and more. This is because the overconsumption of caffeine will stimulate the nervous system excessively, resulting in sleep issues, stomach problems, and jitters. Mature adults also take a longer time to metabolize caffeine as compared to younger adults as the caffeine stays in their nervous system for a longer period of time.
Coffee can Result in Dehydration
When the elderly turn to coffee instead of water when they are feeling thirsty, it may lead to dehydration. For adults aged 65 and above, dehydration is one of the most common causes of hospitalization. It could also result in increased blood pressure.
Furthermore, substituting coffee for water can irritate the stomach of the elderly, especially those who have gastritis and stomach ulcers. Too much coffee can also interfere with the effectiveness of some kinds of medication like thyroid medication, antidepressants, and stereopsis drugs.
How Much Caffeine Should You Take?
You or your loved ones should stick to around 400 milligrams of caffeine daily, which is approximately 4 cups of brewed java. However, it is important to note that some other foods also contain caffeine, such as energy water, protein bars, hot cocoa, chocolate, pudding, and more.
Although coffee is a drink that many people sip on habitually, it is still considered a stimulant. It is important not to drink too much coffee every day, and to remember that consuming in moderation is key.
Here at Rittenhouse Village At Portage, we ensure that everything is served in moderation, including coffee to ensure our residents remain healthy and happy. If you are looking for a senior living community rich in amenities and balanced meals, feel free to check out Rittenhouse Village At Portage today. Do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or to find out more about what we have to offer.