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Assisted Adult Living Centers Spread Alcohol Awareness Among Senior Citizens

Senior citizens in the United States drink very little or not at all. The older we get, the effects of alcohol on the body become more damaging. Older people do not process alcohol as quickly as younger people do. As a result, he same amount of alcohol has a greater effect on an older person than a younger one. Assisted living communities regularly provide information to seniors in order to spread awareness about this issue. Assisted adult living communities spread awareness so that seniors understand that their ability to consume alcohol is not the same as when they were younger. By providing information about this Assisted adult living centers will hopefully prevent accidents or poor health conditions amongst seniors.

Our bodies takes longer to absorb calcium as we get older. Alcohol obstructs the absorption process even further causing calcium deficiencies amongst senior citizens. For those of us who are serious about looking younger and aging well, it’s important to understand that alcohol accelerates the aging process. Skin appearance is a concern as we grow older even without the alcohol. Nevertheless, alcohol contributes to the aging effect on the skin. Alcohol is also full of calories. Consuming a lot of alcohol results in stored fat around the abdomen. This gives way to the famous term “beer belly.” Some statistics have shown that one drink every evening adds 15 pounds of fat to your stomach in a year. Exercise is extremely important to keep this added fat at bay. Walking one mile will walk off the excess calories of one drink of alcohol. One can of beer, a single shot of liquor, or a small glass of wine or sherry equals one drink. Assisted living facilities provide fitness classes for seniors to make sure they stay active and healthy. Water aerobics, yoga, tai-chi are some of the activities assisted adult living communities offer for their more active seniors. Bed ridden and disabled seniors have nurses that will provide massages and move their limbs in order to reduce stiffness and improve their blood circulation.

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Processing and eliminating alcohol is a much different for women than men. This is because alcohol is stored in fat and women genetically are predisposed to having more fat than men. Prescription drugs, over- the-counter drugs, and herbal remedies are another problem because they can truly be deadly when mixed with alcohol. Reading the labels on all of your medicines will keep you well informed of which ones you do not use with alcohol. Taking aspirin and drinking alcohol can raise the chance of bleeding in your stomach. Cold and allergy medicines when mixed with alcohol can cause drowsiness. Check your cough syrups, many already have alcohol in them. Drinking alcohol while taking some sleeping pills, pain pills, or anxiety or depression medicine can be very dangerous.

Acetaminophen and other painkillers when mixed with alcohol can be damaging to your liver. Always check the warning labels on prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs and herbal remedies and of course always check with your doctor. If you drink 7 to 14 drinks per week, you are considered an “at-risk drinker. This amount of alcohol can result in adverse health and social consequences. Many seniors put themselves in serious risk by taking their medication along with alcohol. Assisted living facilities monitor the dosage of their senior patients to make sure alcohol and medication are not combined. Drinking small quantities of alcohol can prove beneficial to some. There are good things to be said about drinking alcohol if you drink in moderation. But it’s always a good idea to understand where your boundaries are. Every effort is made by assisted adult living facilities to make seniors feel as comfortable and healthy as possible.

800Seniors.com is a leading referral system in the Elderly Healthcare industry. We are located on 5400 Atlantis Court, Moorpark, California 93021. 800Seniors.com provides the perfect match between seniors searching for health care provisions such as Home Care, Home Health, Skilled Nursing, Hospice Care, Medical Supplies, as well as a variety of Assisted Living Los Angeles and Care Homes nationwide. Take the confusion and hassle out of the search. For more information call 1-800-768-8221, visit http://800seniors.com or fax us your details at (805)517-1623.

About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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