Make it a point to tell your elderly parents, uncles or aunts that aging is normal and feeling good about aging helps in making you look better as you age. Meanwhile, nobody could blame elders, even youngsters, when they feel bad about getting old.
But then again, those in their mid-ages think they’re younger. While it is quite humorous to note, most people find it satisfying when they’ve looked a certain way as they’ve aged.
As we reached the senior years or adult old aged, our body systems also changes depends on our health conditions and other related situations. This is natural because of the human cycle and it is natural aging changes. Plus, common conditions like arthritis and diabetes or the side effects of the medications you have taken can leave senior adults at higher risks for food-related illness and even with food poisoning.
To help us avoid food-related illness and to protect older people when handling, preparing and consuming liquids and foods by simply following these steps in food and cooking safety:
- When cooking meat for your elderly or seniors, you should heat the meats and even poultry thoroughly to a safe internal temperature – It is best that we should use a food thermometer to check the internal food temperature that we will serve to our seniors. Guides on safe minimum cooking temperatures generally advise most raw meats should be done and cooked to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit before serving it.
- Before handing and preparing food to serve to your elders or seniors, wash your hands to avoid any unnecessary bacteria in the food – Bacteria can spread throughout the kitchen and home by means of food, the use of cutting boards, countertops and through utensils used. Always remember to wash hands in warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after you hand over the food or if you are going to use the bathroom or touch pets.
- Before cutting using them, rinse all the fruits and vegetables under running tap water to wash away all the chemicals used and bacteria around the food – Wash them all even those who have marked as prewashed. You need to make sure to wash them before using so that you can be sure that it is safe to cook and prepare for your elders.
- When handling or preparing foods for your seniors, you need to avoid cross-contamination of one raw food to another to make sure that you are really preparing safe food – Be extra diligent when handling raw poultry, meat, seafood and eggs. Do not reuse marinades used on raw foods unless you boil the marinades before using.
- Always make sure that you refrigerate the foods you have bought properly and promptly– Remember that all perishable foods are required to be chilled ideally within one hour of purchase of cooking so that it won’t be contaminated from bacteria. Also, you do not thaw foods at room temperature. Always make sure to clean the utensils to use before you cook them to avoid any unwanted bacteria in your food preparation.
- Lastly, if you are in doubt of your cooking and all the process of your food preparation throw them all out in the bin – Do not unnecessary decisions when in doubt. For seniors, whose sense of smell and eyesight is limited, you need to always be at best when you toss foods to them. They have no idea whether the food is on expiration date or not have been properly refrigerated when cooked.
You can search online for some food planning and meal preparation as well as other homemaking and adult companionship services for better home care services. What are your greatest concerns about food and cooking safety for your older loved ones? Share it with us below at the comment section.
We all know that it is really important to avoid too much sun heat especially during summer days. With so many things happening during summer time, each passing year, the sun will also poses more of a risk to our skin and to our health as well because of the damage that we humans have done to the ozone layer of the Earth.
According to experts, it leaves us vulnerable to UV (Ultraviolet) rays that can produce DNA damage in the skin and mucous membranes in which it causes genetic mutations that can lead to skin cancer, premature skin aging, eye cataracts and other related eye conditions. It is too risky for seniors most especially because of their age.
We are suggested to wear sunscreen whenever we go to the beach or walking outdoors but it is simply not that enough to keep you protected anymore. These days, according to research and experts, skin cancer is now the most common type of cancer that occurs each year. Risk factors for skin cancer include pale skin that sunburns easily, a history of sunburns in the past, a weakened immune system and old age.
So to keep you updated and safe from too much heat of the sun particularly to our seniors, you can keep your skin healthy this summer by doing the following steps:
- Know and avoid the sun during its peak hours – Usually the sun or the harmful effects of the UV rays is strongest from 10 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon. So if you are about to spend time outside your house during these hours, you should remain in the shade and never leave the house without sunscreen protection on. It is better to be safe than doing nothing.
- Always use sunscreen even if it is cloudy days – Whenever you don’t see the sun when you are about to go out on your house, it doesn’t mean that it can’t damage your skin. Always use sunscreen with SPF 30 or even higher than that during cloudy days. Reapply sunscreen every two hours. This is for all seniors and even to the younger generation.
- Wear hats and sunglasses when going out of your house – It is not always practical to wear long sleeves and pants when it is really hot especially during summer time. It is best that you should wear hats and sunglasses to protect your eyes which are incredibly effective for blocking the dangerous effect of the UV rays.
- Keep your body healthy by staying hydrated all the time – Especially during summer days, drinking water is essential to keep our entire body and immune system healthy which includes our skin. It is recommended that we need to drink particularly our seniors to eight or more glasses of water each day.
- For all ages, we need to take vitamin D supplement – We all know that sunshine is a natural source of vitamin D and since we are avoiding the direct sunlight, we can be potentially deficient in vitamin D especially our seniors. Taking a daily vitamin D supplement can help you combat any side effects of a deficiency.
It is important that we should do self-check with our body for sunspots or suspicious looking lesions that could lead to skin cancer. Be sure to follow these steps particularly if you have seniors in your home care to ensure that you have enough protection against damage to your skin.