Food-borne illnesses can be extremely dangerous for all individuals, but senior citizens are even more at risk due to potentially weakened immune systems. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six people get food poisoning every year and nearly 3,000 of these people die from it as a result. This is largely due to the fact that while you were once able to fight off diseases that were caused by bacteria in your food, you may have lost the ability to do this as you began to age. That is why it is so beneficial for aging adults to enlist the help of a culinary-trained in-home caregiver in Mesa who is able to monitor nutrition and prepare healthy, age-appropriate meals. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommend that seniors avoid the following foods, which could potentially put them in danger:
- Lunch meats and hot dogs. These can be safe if they are reheated until they are steaming but still keep in mind that low-quality processed meats are not very nutritionally beneficial.
- Raw eggs. Seniors should try to avoid eating cookie dough, certain salad dressings and eggnog that include raw or slightly cooked eggs within their ingredients.
- Raw shellfish including mussels, clams, oysters and some sushi.
- Refrigerated seafood including smoked salmon. Canned seafood such as tuna fish is typically safe for seniors to consume.
- Feta, brie and other types of unpasteurized cheese.
- Raw sprouts such as radishes. Because these types of sprouted vegetables are grown in humid conditions, they are prone to developing bacteria which gets trapped inside of the plant.
In addition to avoiding potentially dangerous foods, seniors should also be sure that their refrigerator and freezer are kept at the recommended temperature levels and cooking surfaces clean and free of bacteria and disease-spreading germs.
For peace of mind when it comes to health, get the help of an hourly or 24/7 in-home caregiver from Mesa Home Care Assistance. Our trained and experienced caregivers can do everything from grocery shopping and meal preparation to washing the dishes and keeping living quarters clean. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call (480) 699-4899.