Too late for tea time? The potential of use of caffeine for health in the elderly

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Caffeine has long been studied for its effects on physical performance, but few studies have been conducted specifically in elderly individuals. In several short-term trials, older individuals who used caffeine improved in some but not all measures of exercise performance, but the results may have been confounded by the influences of habitual caffeine use and withdrawal. The mechanism by which caffeine might influence improvement in exercise is not entirely known, nor is it certain whether caffeine acts on the muscle or affects perception of exerciserelated pain and fatigue. Caffeine might also theoretically retard the development of cognitive impairment in the elderly and depression. Epidemiologic studies suggest an association between caffeine consumption and incidence or progression of dementia and depression, which may be stronger for women than men. No prospective trials of have been published using caffeine to treat cognition, and one small trial outlined an effect on mood in older persons. Future studies should clarify the effects, synergies and confounders, and elucidate the optimum form and timing of administration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCaffeine: Consumption, Side Effects and Impact on Performance and Mood
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781631177781, 9781631177774
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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