Senior Health

Elderly Couple HuggingAging brings an increased risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and cancer, as well as an increased risk of falls. However, there are many things that you and/or your loved ones can do to prevent or manage these health conditions.

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), one out of four older adults falls each year and 80% of older adults have at least one chronic condition. 

Falls and chronic conditions can limit an older adult's ability to perform daily activities of living and can limit their independence, which could result in the need for institutional care, in-home caregivers, or other long-term services and supports.

Resources for Older Adults

  1. Foot Health
  2. Blood Pressure
  3. Falls Prevention
  4. Dementia

Foot Care & Blood Pressure Checks for Seniors & Disabled Persons

A Public Health Nurse will assess the condition of your feet, provide basic foot care, and discuss any health related concerns you may have. If there are any questionable problems, you will be referred by the Public Health Nurse to your primary physician or a podiatrist. The Public Health Nurse will also obtain some demographic/medical information and take your blood pressure.

CostOlder Adult Getting Blood Pressure Check

The blood pressure check is free and the recommended donation for foot care is $20, however, no one will be denied services if they are unable to pay.

Make an Appointment

Contact Benton County Public Health at: 320-968-5141.

Clinics

The clinics are located at the following sites by appointment only and you must be a Benton County resident.

Location

Address

Dates

Times

Russell Arms Apartments315 Division Street Sauk Rapids, MN 563794th Thursday of odd months8:00am-12:00pm
Whitney Senior Center

1527 Northway Drive St. Cloud, MN 563032nd Monday every month8:00am-12:00pm
Riverside Apartments101 Riverside Drive Sauk Rapids, MN 563791st Thursday of odd months8:00am-12:00pm
Foley Area C.A.R.E.321 6th Avenue Foley, MN 563293rd Thursday of even months8:00am-12:00pm


Top Ten Foot Health Tips

Diseases, disorders and disabilities of the foot or ankle affect the quality of life and mobility of millions of Americans. However, the general public and even many physicians are unaware of the important relationship between foot health and overall health and well-being. With this in mind, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) would like to share a few tips to help keep feet healthy.

  1. Don't ignore foot pain-it's not normal. If the pain persists, see a podiatric physician.
  2. Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and temperature of your feet. Look for thick or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus), and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles of feet could indicate athlete's foot. Any growth on the foot is not considered normal.
  3. Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry them completely.
  4. Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in corners or on the sides; it can lead to ingrown toenails. Persons with diabetes, poor circulation or heart problems should not treat their own feet because they are more prone to infection.
  5. Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Purchase new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest and replace worn out shoes as soon as possible.
  6. Select and wear the right shoe for the activity that you are engaged in (i.e. running shoes for running).
  7. Alternate shoes-don't wear the same pair of shoes every day.
  8. Avoid walking barefooted-your feet will be more prone to injury and infection. At the beach or when wearing sandals always use sunblock on your feet as the rest of your body.
  9. Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments; self-treatment can often turn a minor problem into a major one.
  10. If you are a person with diabetes it is vital that you see a podiatric physician at least once a year for a check-up.

Online Resources for Foot Health