Middletown Senior Center

21256 Washington Street
Post Office Box 1037

Middletown, California 95461

Phone: (707) 987-3113

Fax: (707) 987-3114


Nutrition Snippet




     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 prepare food.

· Keep raw meat, poultry and seafood on the bottom refrigerator shelf to make sure their juices don’t drip onto other foods.

· 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 mixing spoons.

· Keep clean—this includes hands, dishcloths, counters and other surfaces.




     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 inhibit perspiration.


     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 activities.

· 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 possible.

· 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.