Two new Sunrise Senior Living blog posts seem to say yes: one reports on a new study that suggests moderate drinking, say, a glass of wine with dinner, may “have a positive effect on bone health.” The other shares research from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that “found a potential link between daily consumption of cheese and a reduced risk of diabetes.”
When paired with other healthy lifestyle behaviors (such as exercising, engaging socially and intellectually, getting a good night’s rest, etc.), it seems that these cocktail hour favorites may actually be good for you. Plus, a wine and cheese social offers the added benefit of social interaction.
Many assisted living communities host a Happy Hour type of event on a regular basis, serving wine, beer, soda (or other non-alcoholic options for those who may be limited in consumption by a specific medication or diagnosis), appetizers or finger foods. These events are a great opportunity for residents to mingle with one another, and also to enjoy a comforting ritual. For many seniors in assisted living, it also probably brings back memories of a favorite pastime: whether they had gathered with colleagues for a drink after work, or enjoyed a cocktail before dinner with family and friends.