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Diet and Nutrition Tips for day at lunch when the appetite is often Seniors larger. Diet and nutrition can pose Sit directly in front of the person problems for older adults for a variety and show each spoonful to help them of reasons. Following are tips for orient. caregivers to help alleviate any Offer four to six small meals a day concerns, instead of three larger ones. Make dining social. Elderly people If your loved one is having often fail to eat well because they problems swallowing: don't like to eat alone. Allow time between bites and Take notice of food content in their check mouth periodically for food in loved-one's home. Keep their the cheek. refrigerator well stocked and watch You may need to remind the person for and remove old or spoiled food in to swallow. the fridge. Gently stroking the throat will help Serve finger foods or food that is to stimulate swallowing. already cut up. It's easier for less Observe and alter food textures dexterous hands, that cause the most difficulty. Liquids Food portions should be small so can be thickened with gelatin or they do not look overwhelming, applesauce. Solids can be moistened Large volumes of food may spoil an or pureed for easier swallowing. elderly person's limited appetite. If your loved one is having Monitor your loved-one's fluid motivational problems intake: You should make sure they Make the meal look appetizing on have adequate fluids by keeping a their plate. You can accent their plate pitcher of a favorite drink in the with a fruit or vegetable garnish, refrigerator and serving from that coconut flakes or melon. source. Make the dining experience If your loved one has a decreased pleasant for the person you are caring appetite you can: for. Playing soft music, lighting Offer high caloric drink foods such candles or talking to them about the as ice cream, milk shakes, or eggnog, day's events while they are eating will Offer familiar foods. Favorite take their minds off not feeling well. foods can stimulate the appetite. Family Support Systems Try making the main meal of theCommunicate about the status of your loved one with your family and friends. If people close to you understand what is going on they can give you more help and support. Bring the children to visit, unless your loved one specifically asks you not to. Visits help keep relationships whole and maintain a sense of attachment and continuity for your loved one. Try to share the responsibility of care with other members of your family. Ask if your relative can take your loved one to some of their regular appointments. Plan family time together. You can have a potluck where each person brings something and you can enjoy family time together. If you would like more information on "Diet and Nutrition Tips for Seniors" feel free to contact Gall Gilman-Waldner, Program Development and Coordination - Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. and Professor Emeritus - University of Minnesota at 507-389- 8869 or e-mail Gall at ggwaldner@rndc.org. Additional resources are available by contacting the Senior LinkAge LineA at 1-800- 333-2433 or visiting the MinnesotaHelp.Info website at www.MinnesotaHelp.Info. Ideal hunting weather during the Lou Cornicelli, DNR big game pro- permit areas for 2011. opening weekend of Minnesota's gram coordinator. "Hunters should pay close attention firearms deer season helped hunters Firearms hunters harvested 176,200 to the hunting synopsis, which comes harvest 207,000 deer during the 2010 deer while archery and muzzleloader out in late July, to see if they need to season, according to the Minnesota De- hunters harvested 21,500 and 9,300 apply for a lottery either-sex permit," partment of Natural Resources (DNR). deer, respectively. Archery hunters har- Cornicelli said. This is an eight percent increase vested 4 percent more deer in 2010. The final deer harvest number is from the 2009 harvest of 194,186 and The muzzleloader harvest increased 12 calculated using information provided the 13th largest harvest on record. Min- percent from 2009. by hunters when they register their nesota's deer harvests have moderated Good weather during the openingdeer. Historical harvest information is in recent years because the deer herd is weekend of firearms deer season likely available online at mndnr.gov/deer. at or near population goals across much resulted in hunters remaining in the For the 2011 season, the deadline of Minnesota. Due to varying local field longer, which increased their for the either-sex permit application population differences, some areas of chances of harvesting a deer. Also, will be Thursday, Sept. 8. Archery deer the state may have experienced a lower most crops had been harvested, which hunting will begin on Saturday, Sept. harvest rate. reduced the amount of standing cover 17. The statewide firearms deer hunt- "We didn't see a dramatic change in available to deer. ing season will open on Saturday, Nov. harvest this year because half of our Once final population estimates are 5, while muzzleloader season opens on deer permit areas were in the lottery completed this spring, DNR will eval- Saturday, Nov. 26. designation, which allows for the har- uate them against established popula- vest of only one deer annually," said tion goals to determine the antlerless ORTONVILLE INDEPENDENT took second place in the Business Association of the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce's Broom Ball Tournament last Saturday at the Ortonville Ice Skating Rink. Team mem- bers are shown above. In front, from left to right are, Chris Lee and Mike Swenson. Back row, left to right are Ben Valek, Pete Lundberg, Josh Lee and Derek Rieck. The event kicked off Arctic Fest which runs this week. JeWeLRY STOR| V 0tlonville, MH 56278 Phone 839-3262 Regular Price for Gift Trio is $132.00/ i Every home in Minnesota should be tion on radon risks, testing and mitiga- ~ested every two to five years for radon tion. This brochure will accompany gas, say state health officials. Testing a each test kit distributed by local public home is so important that, as a way to health agencies. Visit prevent exposure to radon, which can http://www.health.state.mn.us/radon to cause lung cancer, health officials are download a printable version of the offering a limited number of low-cost brochure. test kits to Minnesota homeowners. MDH estimates that one in three ex- The Minnesota Department of isting Minnesota homes have radon Health (MDH) has sent about 3,500 levels that pose a large health risk over radon test kits to 30 local public health many years of exposure. Radon is the agencies around the state that have ex- second leading cause of lung cancer in pressed interest in distributing them to the United States and more than 21,000 homeowners in their areas. During Jan- deaths are attributed to radon each year. uary, which is Radon Action Month, Radon exposure, however, is a pre- MDH and its partners take extra meas- ventable health threat for many Min- ures to increase radon awareness and nesotans. testing. For details on how to obtain a Radon is odorless, colorless and kit, contact your local public health tasteless, so the only way for home- agency or MDH. A list of participating owners to know if their home has radon health agencies can be found on the is to test. Testing is easy, inexpensive MDH website at and only takes three to five days. The http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/i most difficult part is remembering to ndoorair/radon/rncontacts.htm, send the canister to the lab for analy- MDH has recently developed a sis. Most test kits are priced under $20 comprehensive brochure with informa- and are available at city and county health departments, many hardware stores, or directly from radon testing laboratories. Tests should be done in the lowest level of the home that is frequently oc- cupied. Tests should not be done in laundry or utility rooms, kitchens or bathrooms. Once you have tested, fur- ther action can be taken based upon your results. If your home's level is over 4 PiC/L, you should consider ver- ification testing and having a radon mitigation system installed. Anyone in- terested in mitigating his or her home for radon should consult MDH's list of certified radon mitigation contractors a t http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/i ndoorair/radon/mitigation.html. For more information on radon test- ing and mitigation visit http://www.health.state.mn.us/radon or call the Minnesota Department of Health Indoor Air Unit at 651-201- 4601 or 1-800-798-9050. O THIS HANDMADE LEATHER QUILT made by Judy Nichols, at right has been donated to the Ortonville School A+ Foundation to be raffled to raise funds for the organization. This is the 47th leather quilt she has made, and it will be the last one she will be making for tile foundation. It is on display at CenBank and will be traveling to Minnwest Bank and Carlson Drug before it is raffled at the school during the Sports and Leisure Show. Raffle tickets may be purchased at all three locations. Nichols used a black leather dye on the pearl white leather to create the pattern on the quilt which has a soft, cuddly backing. at Minnwest Bank 21 Southeast Second Street, P.O. Box 128 Ortonville, MN 56278 (320) 839-2568 Member ' t ua msm F DIC LENDER Tuesday, Feb. 8,2011 INDEPENDENT Page 11