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How Coffee Can Help Seniors with Parkinson’s

Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages on the planet. In recent years, research studies have set out to determine the possible health-related benefits realized from drinking a moderate amount of caffeinated coffee. Recent research read by Santa Clarita Parkinson’s care providers indicates that coffee may provide some benefit to a senior diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms and Coffee

Motor issues represent one of the primary symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease, including shaking, spasms, and tremors that can disrupt everyday life and sometimes require regular assistance from a caregiver in Santa Clarita.

Research suggests that the consumption of caffeinated coffee can ease these symptoms, and sometimes significantly so, among seniors diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. A diagnostic rating system is used in analyzing the symptoms of Parkinson’s patients. In the study, randomized patients given caffeinated coffee experienced a nearly four-point improvement in their motor symptom impairment over those that received a placebo, which is considered a marked improvement by medical professionals.

Many seniors with Parkinson’s also experience sleepiness during the day. There was some thought that drinking caffeinated coffee would be helpful in addressing daytime sleepiness, but preliminary research thus far suggests that caffeinated coffee has no significant effect. However, the assistance caffeine offers in addressing motor symptoms is so significant that further research is planned.

Coffee and Preventing Parkinson’s Disease

Although far more research is necessary to determine whether or not caffeinated coffee can help stave off Parkinson’s disease, there is some early evidence on the subject. Lifelong consumption of caffeinated coffee appears to reduce the odds for Parkinson’s disease. While not a preventative per se, the consumption of a moderate amount of caffeinated coffee on a consistent basis does seem to lessen the chances of developing Parkinson’s.

If your senior loved one has Parkinson’s and could use extra support throughout the day, Home Care Assistance can help. Our experienced and compassionate caregivers are highly trained to help with a variety of everyday tasks and provide care with the utmost respect, preserving our clients’ independence and dignity. Visit http://www.homecareassistancesantaclarita.com/ or give us a call at 661.259.9914 to learn more about our flexible hourly care or comprehensive home care services.