How Seniors Can Protect Themselves from Food Related Illnesses
For Immediate Release – November 4, 2011
The Society of Certified Senior Advisors has released an article that discusses how seniors can reduce the risk of food poisoning by avoiding certain foods. As we age, it is harder for our bodies to fight off germs, making it easier to get sick. Having diabetes, kidney disease, or treatments from cancer also add to the risk of food-borne illnesses. In the United States, an estimated 1,600 persons become seriously ill and 260 die with listeriosis each year. This is particularly likely in the elderly and in persons with other serious medical problems.
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The Food and Drug Administration recommends seniors avoid these foods:
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- Raw fish
- Raw shellfish, such as oysters, clams, mussels, and scallops
- Raw meat or poultry
- Raw or unpasteurized milk or cheese
- Soft cheeses such as feta, brie, blue, and Mexican-style
- Raw or lightly cooked eggs or egg products, such as salad dressings, cookie dough, cake batter, sauces, and drinks such as eggnog
- Raw sprouts
- Unpasteurized or untreated juice from fruits and veggies. In the U.S. almost all juice is treated to kill germs. This makes it safe to drink. The FDA requires a warning label on all juices that have not been treated. The label says: WARNING: This product has not been pasteurized and therefore may contain harmful bacteria that can cause serious illness in children, the elderly, and persons with a weak immune system.
SCSA's mission is to educate professionals to work more effectively with their senior clients. For those who work with seniors, this means understanding the key health, social and financial factors that are important to seniors—and how these factors work together. For more information about SCSA and its educational course, please visit www.csa.us.
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