March is Caffeine Awareness Month and people everywhere are raising a cup of tea or coffee to its benefits. A cup of coffee in the morning doesn’t just taste good, it serves a greater purpose by putting people on a path to better health. Caffeine is popular around the world for the stimulating effects that it has on the central nervous system, but it has also been proven to help seniors protect themselves from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and Parkinson’s.
1. Blocks Tau
Caffeine can block certain receptors found in the brain that help to build tau. Tau is a protein that tangles around brain cells causing them to die. This process increases the probability of cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s patients, people with Parkinson’s, and those who show signs of dementia.
2. Increases Brain Power
Cognitive studies show that people that consume caffeine have better long-term memory. Some people who drink coffee actually retrieve information stored in the brain quicker than non-caffeine drinkers. Recalling words or names may be easier for adults who drink that morning cup of java.
3. Delays Alzheimer’s
Coffee may be able to delay Alzheimer’s in seniors who are showing signs of memory loss. Caffeine blocks brain inflammation, which has a direct link to a decline in cognitive abilities. The positive benefits of caffeine suggest that people who drink moderate amounts of caffeine may show a substantial slowing of Alzheimer’s.
4. Stops Type 2 Diabetes
According to senior care agencies in El Dorado County, many people who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes will develop Alzheimer’s during their later years. Caffeine has been shown to significantly lower the risk of a person developing type 2 diabetes.
Drinking tea or caffeine is a good way to stay healthy long into the golden years. Another way you can promote your senior loved one’s health is with help from Home Care Assistance. We offer part-time and live-in care in El Dorado County and help local seniors with everything from running errands and cooking healthy meals to providing companionship and mental stimulation. Schedule a free in-home consultation by calling (916) 358-3801 or (530) 409-4411 and learn more about our comprehensive senior care services.