Uncategorized | November 12, 2019
Despite increased food safety regulations, foodborne illnesses are still a major health risk, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that they affect almost 48 million people in the US every single year. The most common culprits are fish, dairy, and chicken, combined amounting to nearly 40% of all cases of foodborne illnesses in the nation.
Seniors are at a higher risk of developing foodborne illnesses and they often need much more time to recover than younger adults. Older adults are more prone to foodborne illnesses due to weakened immune systems and other bodily functions as well as prolonged medication use that just decreases the body’s natural defense against illnesses of any kind.
While contracting foodborne illnesses in senior years can be very dangerous, there are fortunately ways to prevent their development. Here are some recommendations from the US Food and Drug Administration when it comes to purchasing foods at the grocery store:
At Comfort Keepers, we put a special emphasis on nutrition in senior years and we can minimize the risk of foodborne illness. Our caregivers can prepare food for your parents, taking various preventative measures to ensure the food is safe and healthy to eat. Call our local office today to learn more about our meal prep services and how we can help improve your loved one’s quality of life at home. We are here to help!