Better Senior Health (02)

Keeping Food Safe for the Elderly
Even though Americans enjoy a healthful food supply, it is still important for senior citizens to be aware about food safety. As elders, your body may not have the ability to fight off dangerous bacteria like it once used to. So learning about preventing foodborne illnesses is important to your care. This site tells you how to recognize a foodborne illness, and gives a cooking temperature chart so you can make sure meats are fully cooked. It has a refrigerator storage chart, handy for instructing you on when to toss certain foods and condiments. A section on eating out is included, as many people bring home unsafe leftovers. This is a very useful resource for aging adults and senior citizen caregivers.

Senior Nutrition: Is a Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Diet Best?
The elderly are a fast-growing population, and they are also susceptible to health risks from not eating well. This article states that after the age of 50, there are many metabolic and physiological changes which impact on the nutritional needs of an aging individual. Social and economic factors can also impact the quality of nutrition that an elder gets. The nutritional risk of the elderly is no doubt affected by the fact that the low-fat, low-cholesterol diet message has been heard loud and clear by this population, this article states. Even though dietary limits on fat and cholesterol consumption are mostly assumed to be effective in reducing the risk of conditions in young and middle-aged adults, seniors who restrict are of concern. They may not be getting the right amount of nutrients in their diet. This article explores senior health from a nutritional standpoint, and makes great points about why senior nutrition is a necessary topic to explore and educate seniors on.

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Fall Prevention for the Elderly
This website, presented by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control includes valuable information on preventing injuries, specifically in seniors. It provides a checklist and many tips for preventing falls: beginning a regular exercise program, making your home safer, having medicines reviewed by a health care provider and having vision checked. Each tip links to more detailed information to help elders get ideas. The site also has facts and statistics on senior citizen falls, as well as publications related to the topic of senior fall prevention.

Promote Senior Health with Fifty Plus Lifelong Fitness
Mid-life adults have special needs, especially as many people are living longer. Thatís why Fifty Plus exists: to help these people lead more active, healthy lives. This organization runs a Fitness Ambassador Corps, where people can join and promote the mission of the organization. The site also has a database of events so people can get daily, weekly and monthly events in their area. The organizationís newsletter, as well as a library, news section and more information about elderly health, is included. Links include information on Stanford Universityís Health Improvement Program, as well as other links to promote elder health.


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