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Bucks County To Extend Senior Center Hours July 13, 2017 In Response To Excessive Heat Warning

July 12, 2017

In response to the current National Weather Service Excessive Heat Warning for Bucks County, the Board of Bucks County Commissioners will extend hours until 6 p.m. Thursday, July 13, at five senior community centers as a respite from the dangerous heat and humidity. The county 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.

The following senior centers will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 13:

Ben Wilson Senior Center
580 Delmont Ave., Warminster, PA 18974
215-672-8380

Bristol Borough Area Active Adult Center
301 Wood Street, Bristol, PA 19007
Phone: 215-788-9238

Bristol Township Senior Center
2501 Bath Rd., Bristol, PA 19007
Phone: 215-785-6322 

Morrisville SeniorService Center
31 E. Cleveland Ave., Morrisville, PA 19067
Phone 215-295-0567

Pennridge Community Center
146 East Main Street, Silverdale Borough
215-453-7027

For more information or assistance, please call:

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 pages at: http://www.buckscounty.org/government/departments/HumanServices/HealthDepartment/HeatRelatedIllness.aspx