While the concentration lately has been on SAD Disorder and what caretakers and family members can do to help a senior through this blah time, one sure way of warming up a senior is to make them a nice cup of hot chocolate on these cold, dreary, long winter days that we have been having. Not only will the cocoa warm them up, but, according to the latest issue of the AARP Magazine, there is a recent Harvard University study that showed that if you serve two cups of cocoa a day for 30 days, a senior’s memory will significantly improve (see the December 2013/January 2014 AARP Magazine Edition, page 16).
They even gave suggestion how to give a little kick to ordinary cocoa:
- Add a touch of cinnamon or even a cinnamon stick to the hot drink. It not only tastes really yummy, but cinnamon helps to moderate blood pressure and cinnamon is really good for women!
- Add some peppermint – either drop in a leaf or a drop of peppermint oil – to give the cocoa a soothing quality which also helps with digestion.
- For the more adventurous elder, a dash of chili powder may just be right up their alley. It has been proven that chili powder helps to calm arthritis, can tend to ease headaches, and helps with insulin control for diabetics.
Hot cocoa is not just for kids but it can bring out the kid in you. Remember that With Age Comes Respect anything goes, so go for it and dish out the cocoa!