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Director's Message

Food Safety June 2004

Mature Princeton Directors Message
 
 
Food Safety
 
Many things have changed during your lifetime about the foods we eat and how we store and prepare them. Much more is known about the bacteria in food and the illnesses they cause. Food-borne illness symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea or flu-like symptoms. 
Older adults are at greater risk of food-borne illness because immune systems weaken and stomach acid (which reduces bacteria) decreases with age. Some illnesses and medical treatments can also increase vulnerability. 
 
There are four basic rules for improving food safety at home: clean, separate, cook and chill. 
  • Clean: wash hands and surfaces often. Wash hands, surfaces and tools with hot soapy water before and after handling food, touching pets or using the bathroom. Use a sanitizer like bleach in water periodically. When cutting boards get worn, replace them. Use paper towels to clean kitchen surfaces or wash cloth often in hot water. 
  • Separate: Keep raw meat, poultry and seafood from other foods in your grocery cart and in your fridge. Use different cutting boards for raw meat. Wash hands, cutting boards and utensils with hot soapy water after contact with raw meats, eggs, unwashed vegetables. Do not use the same plate for cooked and raw meats/poultry/fish.
  • Cook: Cook to proper temperatures. Use a clean food thermometer. Cook meats to recommended internal temperatures. Cook eggs until firm and fish until opaque and flaky. When cooking in a microwave, make sure there are no cold spots remaining. Reheat leftovers to 165o
  • Chill: Set freezer at 0o and fridge at 40o. Refrigerate foods quickly because bacteria can double every 20 minutes at room temperature. Divide leftovers into small portions for quick cooling, and refrigerate/freeze within two hours. To thaw, leave in refrigerator, immerse in cold water or use microwave; do not leave out. Don’t pack fridge too full, let air circulate. More details on recommended meat temperatures and food storage times can be found at www.foodsafety.gov.
Seniors are not advised to eat raw fish and shellfish, raw milk products, soft cheeses (Brie, feta, blue-veined), raw or lightly cooked egg products, raw meat or poultry, raw sprouts, unpasteurized fruit or vegetable juices.
 
Ready-to-eat foods: It is recommended that you reheat until steaming food such as: hot dogs, lunch meats/cold cuts, fermented/dry sausage. Wash hands and utensils after preparing these foods.
 
Food prepared elsewhere and brought home: Do not eat any perishable food that has been left at room temperature more than two hours (1 hour if the temperature is over 90oF). If not eating within the two hours, put in oven and keep food temp at or above 140o. Cold foods should be eaten within two hours or refrigerated.
 
Eating out: Look for these same 4 food safety rules when you go out. If you bring home a doggie bag, make sure it gets into the fridge within two hours. Do not leave food in a warm car. Remember, bacteria thrives between 40o and 140oF.
 
From the “Fight BAC!” literature distributed by the USDA and USFDA Partnership for Food Safety Education,   www.fightbac.org.
 
 
Tips from AARP to reduce annoying mail:
 
  • Call (888) 567-8688 to remove your name from lists sold to credit card companies by consumer reporting firms like Equifax and Experian.
  • Stop solicitations from Direct marketing Association member companies for $5 at www.dmaconsumers.org/egi/offmailinglist, or free from Direct marketing Association, Mail Preference Service, P.O. Box 643, Carmel, NY 10512.
  • Remove yourself from mortgage refinancing and home equity loan offers by calling Acxiom US Consumer Hotline at (877)774-2094.

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March 2017: Multi-generational Households

February 2017: No One Ages Well Alone

January 2017: Help at Home

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November 2016: Family Caregiving

October 2016: Annual Report

September 2016: Corporate Healthcare

July/ August 2016: Strategic Planning

June 2016: Is Your Home Age- Friendly?

May 2016 Part 2 : We Need Your Help

May 2016 Part 1: Going Solo

April 2016: Volunteering

March 2016: Partners In Caring

February 2016: PSRC's Strategic Plan

January 2016: Hope

December 2015: Gratitude

November 2015: Helicopter Children

October 2015: Is Princeton An Age Friendly Community?

September 2015: Annual Report

July & August 2015: Family and Community

June 2015: A Gift that Keeps Giving

May 2015: Is 60 the New 40

April 2015: Spring

March 2015: On Being Mortal

February 2015: Mentoring

January 2015: Winter Blues

December 2014 - Leaving A Legacy

October 2014 An Age Friendly Future

September 2014 Annual Report

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June 2014 - Romance After 50

May 2014 - Your Virtual Estate

April 2014 - Memory and Forgetting

March 2014 - Aging in Community

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January 2014: Attitudes about Aging

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November 2013 - Healthcare Marketplace

October 2013 - Annual Report 2013

September 2013 - Total Brain Health® Fair

July - August 2013 My cat, My Father and Me

June 2013 - Age Friendly Communities

May 2013 - Navigating a Changing HealthCare Landscape

April 2013 - Becoming Visible

March 2013 - Navigating Life’s Transitions

February 2013 - Partners in Caring Princeton

January 2013 - Men as Caregivers

December 2012 - The Safety Net

November 2012 - Going Solo

October 2012 - Documenting Your History

September 2012 - A Journey of Transformation

July - August 2012 - Gratitude & Moving

June 2012 - Diversity

May 2012- Aging in America

APRIL 2012 - TEN YEARS

March 2012 - Patient-centered Care

February 2012 - Can you Spare an Hour?

January 2012 - Challenges & Opportunities

December - Are you Prepared for Emergencies?

November - We need YOU!

October - Chocolate for Memory

September- Looking Back and Looking Forward

July - August 2011; Ageism

June 2011 - Accessibility

May 2011 - Paper retention

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Lessons and Legacies, March 2011

Independent Living February 2011

Home Safety January 2011

Witness to my Life December 2010

Elections, benefits and open enrollment November 2010

Retire in 3D!

Strategic Planning September 2010

Am I Old? July 2010

Memory Clutter June 2010

Aging In America May 2010

Volunteering April 2010

Spirituality March 2010

Estate Planning February 2010

Encore Careers January 2010

Hiring Home Care December 2009

Annual Giving by Sharon Naeole November 2009

Flu Pandemic 2009 October 2009

Healthy Memory, Healthy Mind September 2009

A Personal Perspective on Caregiving July/August 2009

TRANSPORTATION May 2009

Wei Ji: Crisis, Danger and Opportunity April 2009

Write your own obituary March 2009

Hobbies February 2009

Hope and Vision in Challenging Times
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Medicare Changes 2008: Take A Look! December 2008

Scams, Frauds and Rip-offs November 2008

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September 2008 Caregiver Dilemmas

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Spring Cleaning II June 2008

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The Up-side of Aging Summer 2007

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Strategic Plan May 2007

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Transportation January 2007

Season of Giving December 2006

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Change June 2006

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Hearing Loss April 2006

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Lets Talk February 2006

Eldertopia January 2006

Hoarding December 2005

Annual Report: November 2005

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Planning Ahead October 2005

Watch Your Language September 2005

Medicare Part D Summer 2005

Sue Tillett June 2005

The End of the Journey May 2005

Clutter March 2005

New Dietary Guidelines February 2005

Transitions January 2005

Funding December 2004

Caregiving November 2004

Civic Engagement with GrandPals October 2004

A New Look September 2004

Safe Driving Summer 2004

Food Safety June 2004

Communication June 2004

The Challenge of Giving Care May 2004

Seniors On The Move April 2004

Depression March 2004

McGreevey February 2004

Medications January 2004

Random Acts of Kindness December 2003

Civic Engagement November 2003

Reverse Mortgages Oct 2003

Emergency Preparedness, Jan 2003


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