July 16, 2012
Bucks County to Extend Hours at Four Senior Centers
In response to the National Weather Service Excessive Heat Warning that is currently in effect, the Board of Bucks County Commissioners will extend hours until 6 p.m. at four senior centers as a respite from the dangerous heat and humidity. The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) reminds seniors that extreme hot weather can cause serious heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Though everyone should take precautions, seniors are especially vulnerable to effects from the heat. The best approach during a heat wave is to remain indoors with an air-conditioner or in a ventilated room with a fan. Unless restricted, drink plenty of water and/or non-alcoholic beverages to prevent dehydration. Minimize time spent outdoors and stay out of the sun whenever possible.
The public is encouraged to check frequently on elderly neighbors, friends and family members. Symptoms of a possible heat injury include faintness, dizziness, nausea, weakness, and heavy sweating. For more information on symptoms and treatment relating to the elderly, visit the CDC Web site http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/elderlyheat.asp. As with any emergency, call 9-1-1 when necessary. Fans may be available through the AAA for senior residents of Bucks County (age 60+) who do not have a fan or air conditioner. The elderly also may call 267-880-5700 for help during this period of extreme heat. On July 17 and 18, the following four (4) senior centers will be open between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.:
Ben Wilson Senior Center
580 Delmont Avenue
Warminster, PA 18974
Bristol Township Senior Center
2501 Bath Rd.
Bristol, PA 19007
Lower Bucks Senior Center
301 Wood Street
Bristol, PA 19007
Pennridge Senior Center
146 E. Main St.
Silverdale, PA 18944
For more information or assistance, please call:
The Bucks County Area Agency on Aging
30 E. Oakland Ave., Doylestown, Pa. 18901
Phone: 267-880-5700. (M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
General information on preventing heat-related injuries also is available through the Bucks County Health Department information page, Tips for Preventing Heat Related Illnesses.