Americans love their coffee. It seems like around every corner is a Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, or some other coffee shop. While so tasty, one has to wonder if all that caffeine is good for you. The good news, especially for seniors, is that caffeine actually has many benefits as long as you are not drinking an excessive amount.
In large quantities, the negative effects could be reduced bone strength, increased blood pressure or dehydration. Most likely you would need to consume over 5-7 cups everyday for these effects to occur, according to the Mayo Clinic. Drink coffee in moderation and drink a lot of water before and after and you should be OK.
On the other end are the health benefits. Lowered risk of heart disease and increased muscle strength are positive aspects suggested by studies on the topic. Other studies over the years have indicated a correlation between caffeine and lowered chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Drinking three cups of coffee a day may help, even after memory problems have begun. People over age 65 who had higher blood levels of caffeine developed Alzheimer’s disease at least two or four years later than those with low caffeine levels. Others did not experience increased memory loss. So don’t second guess that second cup. Chances are, it is helping you.
Each person reacts to caffeine differently, so don’t please don’t take this study as an OK to start drinking more than your average amount. We do not want to see a sudden spike in jittery and sleepless New Hampshire home health care patients. You should speak with your doctor or home health care professional if you suspect caffeine consumption is affecting you or your loved one in anyway.