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Food Safety: What Seniors Should Know
There are many illnesses that can be caused by foodborne bacteria. Thousands of bacteria can be lurking in your home's kitchen, and elders have to take special care to make sure they pay attention to the freshness of the food. Many senior citizens do not have as strong immune systems as they once did, so that presents an opportunity to be really sick if bacteria is ingested. In addition, inflammation of the lining of the stomach and a decrease in stomach acid occur. Because the stomach plays an important role in limiting the number of bacteria that enter the small intestine, a decrease or loss of stomach acidity increases the likelihood of infection if a pathogen is ingested with food or water. If you think you may have a foodborne illness, you may experience diarrhea, abdominal cramping, blood or pus in the stool, fever, headache, vomiting and exhaustion. Itís best to see a doctor if you suspect youíve been affected.

Health and Age: Elder Care Information
Stay on top of health-related news with regard to aging. Whether youíre young or old, the information here will not only educate you about various conditions, but give you information to help prevent getting various conditions. A section for caregivers is included for those taking care of senior citizens. There are plenty of articles updated daily, as well as health centers with information on topics such as Alzheimerís disease, digestive problems, diabetes, falls, hearing, heart health, depression, cholesterol, cancer, vision, urinary issues, strokes, sleep disorders, sex, weight control and more.

Senior Health: FDA Information
This is the section of the Food and Drug Administrationís website directed to seniors, covering a wide range of health issues, including arthritis, cancer, health fraud and nutrition. The site also offers information about FDA-regulated products for older adults, their families and their caregivers. Elsewhere on the site you can find issues of the FDA's publication Maturity Health Matters, which covers topics such as joint replacement, portable defibrillators, blood glucose meters, colorectal cancer, diabetes, heart disease, the flu, senior health, nutrition for seniors, Parkinsonís disease and more. Information on popular FDA recalls is included, which is vital for seniors who take medicines. You can subscribe to their newsletter, which will keep you posted on the latest medical advancements and FDA regulations and recalls for medications.

Find a Chiropractor Near You
Through's web site, this web page offers the basics on chiropractic care—from what it is to its efficacy and safety. However, the page also includes a video link to a feature on chiropractic care highlighting a doctor and patient experience, and a chiropractor finder that prospective patients can use to locate a specialist in their area. The tool also includes massage therapist and acupuncturist options. Finally, there are links to back pain basics, including causes and treatment options, along with a comment function, allowing you to share your thoughts or network with other web page visitors.

Elder Health: Self-Care Tips that Work
With more and more baby boomers heading into their senior years, there are more resources available. And so many of these wonderful resources are now available on the Internet, such as this website. It includes information on the flu, eating well, recipes, glaucoma, winter safety, space heater safety, preventing hypothermia and reducing the risk of diabetes. The fitness section includes articles and links on topics such as improving balance, checking your heart disease risk, cycling, talking and golf. Many elders will benefit from these self-care tips and ideas for better health overall.


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