STOCKHOLM (AFP) – Middle-aged people who drink moderate amounts of coffee significantly reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a study by Finnish and Swedish researchers showed Thursday.
I don't know any Finnish or Swedish coffee drinkers, but I was raised by a bunch of Norwegiean coffee drinkers. Close enough?
I grew up in a family of Norwegian women. Coffee was vitally important to them, not just the two cups of morning coffee which I live for, but also afternoon coffee, which never interested me, and the after-dinner coffee, which would keep me awake forever.
I did drink coffee at an early age, albeit diluted by a lot of milk in my early double-digits. In my later teens I asserted my individuality by asking for...GASP...black coffee. Oh, that shocked them almost as much as when I got me a boyfriend.
So...a recap of the Norwegian coffee drinkers I knew:
Eldest aunt: died at 96, no Alzheimer's. She was physically incapacitated due to arthritis, but hung in there until her husband passed away. After that...all she wanted was to join him in heaven.
Middle aunt: died at 92, had dementia but not from Alzheimer's. It was from Normal pressure hydrocephalus: "If normal pressure hydrocephalus is diagnosed early, the internal fluid pressure may be lowerable by putting in a shunt. This can stop the dementia, the gait problems, and the incontinence from getting worse." (All those links are from where I copied that from.) She chose not to have a shunt... (This is the birdwatching Aunt with All the A names.)
My mother, the youngest sister: died at 85. She had other physical problems, but she had her wits about her up until the end. Dammit, though, she should have had a few more years. She was the premature child of a tuburcular mother. Yes, lung problems did her in.
Well, that's my maternal family story of coffee vs. Alzheimer's. A moderate amount of anything won't hurt you. Who knows if it helps.
P.S. Paternal comments from my "Far" are welcome. I know you drink some coffee. But you keep your mental saw sharp in many other ways, by always reading, learning and doing new things. My father is quite amazing.