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Coffee health benefits and risks

Is Coffee Healthy or Not for the Over 55 Active Adults?

We Americans are known for guzzling down at least 4 to 5 cups of coffee a day. This is apart from the cappuccinos, espressos, and the coffee lattes. There are varied views about the health benefits of coffee. Some may proclaim that coffee is bad for your heart while others say it is good. If you are an avid coffee drinker over the age of 55 and are worrying about your coffee consumption – handling all these positive and negative comments can be extremely confusing. Let’s take a look at some of the coffee’s health benefits and its health risks.

Coffee is a stimulant and falls into the same category as chocolates. Firstly, it should be noted that excessive consumption of anything can be harmful to your health. Having said that, getting a basic idea of what is good and bad about coffee will be beneficial in helping you make your mind up about whether to forego that morning pick-me-up with a strong cup of black coffee.

Focus on Indiana

Living in Indiana is a wise choice for seniors looking for retirement properties that are especially master-planned for over 55 retirees. This is a beautiful place, with plenty of things to see and do and with best of all, 55+ seniors are eligible for a tax deduction on the property and household income. In addition, you are not taxed on social security either. So, are you interested in considering Indiana to purchase your retirement properties? If so, you should know a bit about the state and various retirement villages and communities in this state. Here are some insights into what senior independent living in Indiana has to offer.

The Importance of Drinking Water

The Importance of Drinking Water for Seniors

Water is an all-important component in our lives.  Drinking water is vital to our health and lack of it for more than 24 hours becomes a life-threatening situation. 2/3 of the body consists of water and various tissues and organs in the body are made up of water.  As we age, there is a shifting in our need for water and thirst for water.  For example, you would notice that the less water you drink the less thirsty you are.  This can lead to dehydration and serious health complications.  If you are a senior, you should know water is essential for you and strive to consume it, even without a thirst cue coming from the body.

Why Drinking Tea Is Good for Your Health When You are Past 50

Is drinking tea good for your health?  YES!  That’s the answer given by many researchers who have carried out studies on the subject.  The health benefits identified so far, show that seniors are to gain more than the others.  If you thought a cuppa is a cuppa, no matter what color it is, think again!  Green tea has been proven to be more beneficial than other types like black tea and white tea.  Having three or four cups a day can help us, seniors, to keep healthy and live longer.  Let us see what the experts have found about effects of tea drinking.

Though the benefits of tea drinking were known from ancient times, several recent studies have managed to identify some of these chemicals that bring out the beneficial effects on your health.  Tea leaves contain more than 750 chemicals and many of them can affect human health positively.  Among the compounds that are relevant for health and long life are antioxidants, flavonols, flavonoids, polyphenols, and catechins.  So, if you need some reasons to plugin that kettle for a cup of hot tea, here they are.

Omega-3 Rich Oils Help Fight Macular Degeneration in 55+ Seniors

Macular degeneration, the gradual loss of central vision, is one of the leading causes of blindness among 55+ seniors. Macular degeneration occurs in two forms. These are dry macular degeneration and wet macular degeneration. There is no cure for dry macular degeneration and it occurs gradually. Wet macular degeneration occurs quickly and treatment is necessary upon the appearance of symptoms as this is more serious than dry macular degeneration. High blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, obesity, smoking and light exposure can increase your risk of macular degeneration. However, there is good news for those at high risk of macular degeneration. Scientists have found Omega-3 rich oils may help prevent the dysfunction in retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) responsible for macular degeneration and retinopathy.

Why Let Go of Your Crowning Glory After 55?

As we age, our crowning glory, our hair becomes weaker and thinner. Although we exercise and eat well to keep those bumps and lumps away and indulge ourselves in skincare regimes to keep those ever-increasing wrinkles away, we do very little to maintain our aging hair. As we get older the growth cycle of our hair changes. The growth rate slows down considerably. We experience hair and color loss. To combat this, we do perms and color our hair, the result being that it further weakens our hair unless we follow a proper hair care regime.  

Why Choose an Age Restricted Community?

Sun City Arizona was the country’s first 55+ community and has since inspired the development of active adult communities coast to coast. While some residents are retirees, many are on the go baby boomers still working a 9-5 job, and seeking the active lifestyle, and amenities many communities provide. With the focus on a healthy, social lifestyle, calling them “senior” living communities might get you a few eye rolls since many resemble a resort getaway, they’re more like a 24/7 vacation.

According to the Housing for Older Persons Act or HOPA, eighty percent of units within an age-restricted community must be occupied by someone 55+ or better. Some communities set their minimum age requirement at 60+ which they are welcome to do so long as they satisfy HOPA regulations. Depending on the community, there is often a limit to how long younger visitors can stay so keeping the grandkids all summer might be an issue.

Is a Condo Lifestyle Right For You?

Downsizing, less maintenance, or desiring a second vacation home are just a few of the great reasons baby boomers and retirees are choosing condominium communities for their active lifestyles. Buying or renting a condo in a 55+ retirement community can be the perfect option to a single family home in terms of both price, and convenience. Some offer features such as underground parking, elevators, or a doorman, and many communities are located near exciting local attractions with amenities such as fitness centers, and clubhouses. If retiring the lawnmower, and show shovel sound like a great idea, then condo life could be for you!