Middletown Senior Center
21256 Washington Street
Post Office Box 1037
Middletown, California 95461
Phone: (707) 987-3113
Fax: (707) 987-3114
PREVENTING CROSS CONTAMINATION
Before you blame a flu bug for an upset stomach, consider the fact
that food poisoning often starts at home.
How can you avoid it? For starters, frequent hand-washing,
proper cooking temperatures and prompt refrigeration can help reduce the risk
of food poisoning. Just as important is keeping food safe from cross
contamination. Always separate raw meat, poultry and seafood—which may
harbor “unfriendly” bacteria—from food that’s ready to eat.
How well do you prevent cross contamination? Make sure to
integrate these tips into your daily routine.
· Use one utensil to taste, another to
· Keep raw meat, poultry and seafood on the
bottom refrigerator shelf to make sure their juices don’t drip onto other
· Always use separate plates: one for
raw meat, poultry or seafood, another for cooked foods.
· Use two cutting boards: one for raw
meat, poultry and seafood; the other for bread, fruit, vegetables and other
foods that are ready to eat.
· Before using them again, wash knives and
· Keep clean—this includes hands,
dishcloths, counters and other surfaces.
SUMMER PRECAUTIONS: SENIOR CARE
The heat of summer is here, and it is an important time to review
some vital safety tips for seniors. Elderly persons are more prone to the
effects of heat and at greater risk for dehydration. According to the
CDC, elderly people are more at risk because:
· Elderly people do not adjust as well as
young people to sudden changes in temperature.
· They are more likely to have a chronic
medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat.
· They are more likely to take prescription
medicines that impair the body’s ability to regulate its temperature or that
Here are some senior safety tips for the summer months as well as
some ways to “beat the heat”.
· Try to plan activities that require going
outside during non-peak hours when it might be a little cooler.
· Move exercise indoors. Consider exercising
at a gym, walking on a treadmill, or “mall walking” instead of outdoor walks or
· Drink plenty of fluids (non-alcoholic,
caffeine-free as these ingredients have a diuretic effect).
· Additionally, it may be important to
consume food and drink with sodium and potassium to restore electrolyte balance
when losing fluids and drinking a lot of water: broths or soups (contain
sodium); fruit juice, soft fruits, vegetables (containing potassium); sports
drinks that contain electrolytes.
· Stay indoors in cooled spaces as much as
· Be aware of signs of dehydration, heat
exhaustion and heat stroke.
The most common signs of dehydration in the elderly are thirst,
confusion, irritability and poor skin elasticity. Keeping hydrated on a
regular basis is the most important preventative measure. Drink fluids.