Food Safety for Seniors


Food Safety for Seniors

Americans enjoy one of the safest food supplies in the world. However, as we age, it is normal for our bodies not to work as well as they once did – thus we become more susceptible to a foodborne illness.

By the age of 65, many of us have been diagnosed with a chronic disease and are taking at least one medication for treatment. The side-effect of the medication and the long-term effect of the chronic condition may weaken our immune system and make us more susceptible to contracting foodborne illness.

After the age of 75, many adults, through the aging process, have weakened immune systems and are at greater risk for contracting a foodborne illness.

For these reasons you must be especially vigilant when handling, preparing and consuming foods.

Articles about food safety will be added to this page to help Seniors learn more about foodborne illness, understand why the changes in food production and food distribution require extra care when handling food, and to increase knowledge of safe food handling and food selection.

  1. Cleanliness Prevents Foodborne Illness
  2. Is It Done Yet?
  3. Keep The Holidays Happy!
  4. How Long Can I Keep Food in My Refrigerator? (PDF)
  5. Be Food Safe
  6. Recall Basics (PDF)

More food safety information for seniors (USDA)

More information from Fairfax County for our senior citizens
Agency on Aging
Golden Gazette


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