Bucks County Extends Hours at Three Senior Centers
In response to anticipated extreme local heat and humidity conditions, the Board of Bucks County Commissioners will extend hours until 6 p.m. at three senior centers as a respite from the dangerous weather. 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, residents are advised to drink plenty of water and/or non-alcoholic beverages to prevent dehydration, while minimizing time spent outdoors.
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 Thursday, August 2, 2012 through Sunday, August 5, 2012 the following two (2) senior centers will be open between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.:
2501 Bath Rd.
Bristol, PA 19007
Benjamin H. Wilson
580 Delmont Ave.
Warminster, PA 18974
Additionally, on Friday, August 3, 2012 the following senior center will be open between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
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, Heat Related Illnesses page.