A study done by Tennessee State University found that persons who work with older adults lack proper training and knowledge regarding safe food practices for the elderly. Older adults along with pregnant women, young children and immune-compromised individuals face a higher risk of severe illness from food-borne pathogens than the rest of the population. However, this study suggests that the elderly and their caregivers may not be getting the food safety education they need to implement safe cooking and eating practices.

Food-borne disease can be especially dangerous for older adults. Research has shown that adults aged 60 or older are more likely to experience complications, hospitalization and death as a result of food-borne illness infections. Three bacteria to which older adults are particularly susceptible are Listeria, Campylobacter and Salmonella. The majority of those sickened by these three infections were age 60 or older.

The following are recommendations for older adults, along with the pathogens each measure helps guard against. These include:

* Avoid eating raw or undercooked seafood (Vibrio species and Noroviruses)

* Avoid eating raw sprouts (E. coli)

* Avoid eating soft cheeses, cold smoked fish and cold deli salads (Listeria)

* Avoid eating hot dogs and deli meats that have not been reheated to steaming hot or 165 degrees F (Listeria)

* Use cheese and yogurt made from pasteurized milk (Salmonella species and Listeria)

* Avoid eating foods containing raw eggs and cook eggs until firm (Salmonella Enteritidis)

* Drink only pasteurized milk and juices (E. coli and other pathogens)

Thanks for help

This year, 2012, is the 40th anniversary of Meals on Wheels in Garden City. Many thanks to the Presbyterian Church volunteers and Duane Riley who delivered Meals on Wheels last week.

Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Scheduled activities

Thursday, the TOPS Club will meet at 9 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercise begins at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. The Life Writing group will begin meeting again Thursdays at 1 p.m. Join us. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m.

Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday, duplicate bridge meets at 2 p.m.

Monday begins with walking at 8:30 a.m. Double pinochle starts at 12:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge begins at 7 p.m.

Tuesday is Wear a Hat Day. Put on your favorite bonnet and come on down. See the vintage hats on display here. Gentle exercise begin at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m. "Back to School for Seniors" meets at 5:30 p.m. and will feature Alli Burns, Finney County Extension and SHICK counselor, speaking on Medicare supplements, advantage plans and Part D. Class runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Call 272-3620 for more information on this or next week's class on social media.

Sept. 19 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Legal aid will be from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 272-3620 as an appointment is required. Pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. The regular Wednesday night dance begins at 7:30 p.m. Music is provided by the Moonshiners. The recommended donation is $5. Bring finger food for the break.

Sept. 20 is our Island Luau. Join us for roast pork, pineapple upside-down cake, virgin pina coladas and island entertainment.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Roast pork with potatoes and gravy, sliced tomatoes, wheat roll, lime gelatin.

Friday: Spaghetti and meat sauce, tossed salad, corn, French bread, ice cream.

Monday: Beef enchiladas, tossed salad, refried beans, tortilla chips with salsa, apple crisp.

Tuesday: Sweet and sour chicken, rice, Capri veggies, wheat bread, mandarin oranges.

Sept. 19: Beef stroganoff with noodles, spinach salad, wheat bread, angel food cake and strawberries.

Check out our website at www.seniorcenterfc.com.