A cup of coffee for your health

Published 5:00 pm Saturday, May 28, 2011

The results of two recent studies may make this the best Older American’s Month in history for senior citizens men and women.

A new study indicates drinking coffee regularly lowers the risk of prostate cancer. This follows a report earlier this month saying women coffee drinkers have less breast cancer. The news cannot get much better than that for seniors, who long ago declared coffee their favorite drink. Coffee has been associated in prior studies with a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes, gallstone disease, and liver cancer or cirrhosis.

Men who regularly drink coffee appear to have a lower risk of developing a lethal form of prostate cancer, according to the new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. What’s more, the lower risk was evident among men who drank either regular or decaffeinated coffee.

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The researchers chose to study coffee because it contains many beneficial compounds that act as antioxidants, reduce inflammation, and regulate insulin, all of which may influence prostate cancer.

The study examined the association between coffee consumption and the risk of prostate cancer, particularly the risk for aggressive prostate cancer among 47,911 U.S. men in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study who reported their coffee consumption every four years from 1986 to 2008. During the study period, 5,035 cases of prostate cancer were reported, including 642 fatal or metastatic cases.

What better place to come for your coffee than the Senior Center. Where else can you sit down with your friends and have a cup of coffee for 50 cents.

Upcoming Events

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: SilverSneakers, 8:30 a.m.; Exercise with Evie Anderson, 9 a.m.; cards, 12:30 p.m.; Pinochle and Duplicate Bridge; SilverSneakers, 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Red Cross Blood Drive, 8 a.m. to noon; wood carving, 8:30 a.m.; Tai Chi classes, 9:30 a.m.; cards, 12:30 p.m.; Cribbage Tournament, Duplicate Bridge; Stitching Bee’s, 1 p.m.; open chess, 1 p.m.; photo class, 6 to 8 p.m.

Thursday: SilverSneakers, 8:30 a.m.; Exercise with Evie Anderson, 9 a.m.; cards, noon; Pinochle; Bingo, 1 p.m.; open chess, 1 p.m.; SilverSneakers, 4:30 p.m.

Friday: Tai Chi, 9:30 a.m.; cards, 12:30 p.m.; Bridge Tournament.

Weekly Card Results

Monday Bridge

Tournament result for May 16, three tables

1st Bud Higgins, 2nd Dave Ring, 3rd Millie Seiver, 4th Lois Johnson, 5th John Allen.

Tuesday Afternoon Bridge

May 17

1st Marge Blaser, 1st Joyce Crowe; 2nd Joan Bachynsky, 2nd Dick Titus; 3rd Bud Higgins, 3rd Jim Fisher; 4th Dick Hansen, 4th Larry Crowe.

Tuesday Afternoon “500”

Tournament results for May 24, four tables

1st Arnold Bergstrom, 2nd Ann Voeltz, 3rd Helen Broitzman, 4th Lois Anderson

Friday Cribbage

Tournament result May 20, 1 and three-fourths tables

1st Dorothy Peterson, 2nd Dorothy Schloo

Friday Bridge

Tournament results for May 20, three tables

1st Dave Ring, 2nd Judy Bungum, 3rd Arnie Lang, 4th Quinten Fiala, 5th Mary Johnsen

Duplicate Bridge

1st Joan Bachynsky, 1st Jim Fisher; 2nd Larry Crowe, 2nd Dick Hansen; 3rd Sheryl Ehlke, 3rd Fred Langlock, (tie), 3rd Arne Lang, 3rd Larry Larson.

Weekly “500”

Tournament results for May 17, four tables

1st Arnold Bergstrom, 2nd Marion Zimmerman, 3rd Sally Michoel, 4th Dick Johson.

Weekly Cribbage

Tournament result May 18, 1 and three-fourths tables

1st Eunice Perou, 2nd Hilton Henschen, 3rd Barb Deckman.

Semcac Daily Meals

Monday: Closed for Memorial Day

Tuesday: Vegetable soup

Wednesday: Swiss steak

Thursday: Baked ham. Alternate: roast turkey

Friday: Roast beef