If you had to give up caffeine right now, could you do it? If you think you’d struggle, we understand. Your senior loved one who’s been drinking coffee for years probably feels the same way! But reducing your senior’s caffeine intake will provide them with numerous worthwhile benefits! Below, we’ve listed a few of those benefits along with some tips that can help them kick the habit…or at least cut down.
Decrease Side Effects
Did you know? Seniors are much more sensitive to caffeine, all thanks to the aging process! Typical symptoms of too much caffeine include the jitters, feelings of anxiety, a racing heart, headaches, or feeling out of breath. For your senior, those symptoms are amplified and can be harmful to their bodies if they consume too much caffeine. It’s better to play it on the safe side and reduce their amount of caffeine to lessen or prevent these symptoms.
If your senior seems to stress out a lot, the solution could be very simple: less caffeine! The more caffeine we drink, the more our bodies produce and release cortisol, AKA the stress hormone. Cortisol is responsible for increasing a number of things, including heart rate, blood pressure, blood glucose, muscle tension, and respiration.
Tips to Cut the Caffeine
- For seniors who suffer from sleep disorders, or who just don’t get enough rest, try cutting off their caffeine intake at least 4 hours prior to their bedtime. They can still consume caffeine, it will just be during they day so it doesn’t interrupt their sleep.
- Help your senior learn to not rely on coffee or tea to stay hydrated! Instead, introduce them to healthier, non-caffeinated alternatives like fruit-infused water. It tastes great and is just as satisfying, without the caffeine!
- Bonus! If your senior really doesn’t want anything besides their coffee, you can dilute the caffeine and increase hydration by watering it down a little bit.
For further guidance on keeping your senior’s diet healthy and balanced, call Home Care Assistance and talk to our experts! We are here to help you with all of your senior care needs.