Coffee Consumption and Elderly Adults

For many adults, young and old, a morning cup or two of coffee is a morning ritual that jump-starts the day. Coffee is also the beverage of choice for many people to get through a work day or when they meet up with friends. After a lifetime of consumption, many elders still enjoy this hot and delicious beverage throughout the day. The good news is that family caregivers that might be concerned about their elderly relative’s coffee habits can get some answers. There’s been a lot of research done into whether or not coffee is good for the body and mind, especially for elderly people.

Elder Care Pittsford NY - Coffee Consumption and Elderly Adults

Elder Care Pittsford NY – Coffee Consumption and Elderly Adults

Coffee is quite popular in the United States, but there are plenty of myths about it that many people accept as truth. With all kinds of positive and negative rumors out there about coffee, it’s important for family caregivers to learn the truth so they can help take care of their loved one’s health. Then, once they determine what the proper restrictions or allowances are, they should share the information with other family members and elder care aides so that everyone is on the same page.

When it comes to coffee consumption, studies show that moderate amounts can lower the risk of some health conditions in seniors, from diabetes and Parkinson’s disease to strokes and depression. Coffee contains many healthful ingredients like potassium, magnesium and other antioxidants, all of which contribute to overall health. Coffee is also an easy and satisfying way for many elderly adults to increase their water intake for the day.

Caffeine is closely associated with coffee because it is the essential component that helps people feel energized. Not only does caffeinated coffee give elders an energy boost, it can actually help alleviate fatigue and increase focus and concentration. Doctors agree that moderate amounts of coffee, with up to 100 milligrams of caffeine, are perfectly safe and even healthy for the majority of elderly adults. In other words, most seniors that drink anywhere from one to four cups of coffee per day will see health benefits and won’t suffer any negative side effects.

There are times when elderly people should not be drinking coffee, however. Seniors with high blood pressure should avoid caffeinated coffee because the beverage can elevate it. Other health issues that may require elderly adults to skip coffee include those with a depleted enzymatic system, insomnia, chronic heartburn, acid reflux, ulcers, gastritis, and more. Elders that drink more than four cups of coffee per day can also develop caffeine addiction, dehydration, reduced bone strength, anxiety and may raise their risk of developing heart disease.

Family caregivers should always keep in mind that moderate amounts of coffee are fine for most elderly relatives as long as their doctor approves. Like anything not taken in moderation, excessive amounts of coffee can cause unwanted side effects in an elder. Seniors who are unsure if their coffee habit is good for their health or bad for their health should consult with their doctor. It’s important that family members, elder care aides, and others not give elderly adults in their care more than the recommended moderate amount of coffee each day.


If you or an aging loved one are considering Elder Care Services in Pittsford NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and ansurrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

About Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.

Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)