Though drinking large amounts of alcohol has proven to be unhealthy for people of all ages, some studies have revealed drinking wine in moderation may do just the opposite for people over 65. If your elderly loved one enjoys having an occasional glass of wine with dinner, he or she will be happy to hear this may offer a variety of health benefits. Westfield caregivers want to share 4 of these advantages.
1. Prevents Falls
More than 1 in 3 seniors over 65 falls each year. Falls can lead to pain, broken bones, and infection, but one study suggests regularly drinking red wine may reduce a senior’s risk of falling. The study, which was presented to the American Chemical Society in 2012, found rats that were fed a resveratrol-rich diet were less likely to fall on a balance beam than those who didn’t have resveratrol in their diet. Resveratrol is a compound found in red wine that is believed to sharpen gross motor skills in the elderly.
2. Decreases the Risk of Heart Disease
Polyphenols are antioxidants in red wine that can increase your loved one’s levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, also known as the “good” type of cholesterol, and protect his or her arteries against damage. High HDL levels can decrease the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol that causes heart disease. Additionally, a study published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Disease Research found the polyphenols in red wine reduce inflammation in the body, which protects the arteries and the heart from damage.
3. Slows the Aging Process
The antioxidants in red wine can help slow down your loved one’s aging process by reducing the amount of free radicals in his or her body. Free radicals are believed to cause oxidative damage to the body, which leads to degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis. Drinking red wine in moderation can stop the free radicals from damaging your loved one’s body over time.
4. Reduces the Risk of Tooth Decay
If your loved one takes medications that reduce the amount of saliva his or her body naturally produces, he or she may be at an increased risk for tooth decay. Red wine can help harden your loved one’s tooth enamel, protecting him or her from decay and the problems associated with it.
To learn more about senior health and wellness, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We offer a program called the Balanced Care Method, which focuses on lifestyle factors that can lead to longevity and a higher quality of life. For more information on the elderly care Westfield families trust, call one of our friendly Care Managers at 908.450.9400 to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.