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Managing Alcohol Consumption

Aug 31, 2016 by Comfort Keepers of Fredericksburg

The negative effects of alcohol can be felt by anyone, regardless of age, but for older adults the risk of injury increases greatly due to existing conditions, such as diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease. Similarly, our tolerance to alcohol decreases exponentially as we age because there is less water in the body to dilute the alcohol taken in. To put this into perspective, the NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) recommends that, for adults 65 years or older, alcohol consumption be limited to 3 drinks a day and 7 drinks in a given week – and that’s for those who are at optimum health and not taking medication. Consumption beyond that on a consistent basis places seniors at risk for developing arrhythmia, stroke, hypertension, various types of cancer, and alcoholic liver disease – just to name a few.

But what exactly should you be looking for to identify whether your senior loved ones are having a difficult time managing their own alcohol consumption? 

Signs Indicating a Potential Drinking Problem

  • Drinking immediately after any stressful situation
  • Incorporating drinking into daily routines, such as around meals or before going to bed
  • Sneaking drinks in secret
  • Lying about drinking habits
  • Change in overall demeanor, whether it be body language or appearance
  • Increased hostility or refusal to engage with friends and family
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities or pastimes

These are just a few of the things to be on the lookout for, but the key is to try and recognize any drastic changes in behavior and appearance. Even if your loved ones don’t have a history of alcohol abuse, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it isn’t happening now. Recognizing the signs is the first step, but open and honest communication combined with a treatment program will be what helps your loved ones return to a healthy lifestyle.

Comfort Keepers® Can Help

At Comfort Keepers in Fredericksburg, we understand that you can’t always be there to see that your aging loved ones are making the healthiest choices. That’s where we come in. Our professional caregiving team can help promote positive emotional and physical well-being and keep your loved ones engaged in favorite hobbies or pastimes, help with meal preparation, and take them to any scheduled medical appointments. It’s in home senior care the way it was meant to be.

We look forward to providing quality home care for your loved ones, while giving you peace of mind. For more information about how we can help, please feel free to contact us or call at (540) 205-8743

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