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Bucks County to Extend Senior Center Hours at Six Facilities September 4, 5 and 6 in Response to Heat Advisory

September 4, 2018

In response to the Heat Advisory issued on September 3, 2018 by the National Weather Service the Board of Bucks County Commissioners has arranged for five senior centers to extend hours until 6 p.m. on Tuesday (September 4), and six senior centers to extend hours on Wednesday (September 5) and Thursday (September 6) as a respite from the dangerous heat and humidity. The Bucks 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 is the schedule of senior centers available as a respite from hazardous weather conditions during the period of Tuesday (September 4), Wednesday (September 5), and Thursday (September 6):

Bensalem Senior Center
1850 Byberry Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
Phone: 215-638-7720
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Benjamin H. Wilson Senior Center
580 Delmont Ave.
Warminster, PA 18974
Phone: 215-672-8380
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Bristol Borough Area Active Adult Center
301 Wood Street, Bristol, PA 19007
Phone: 215-788-9238
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Bristol Township Senior Center
2501 Bath Rd., Bristol, PA 19007
Phone: 215-785-6322
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Central Bucks Senior Center
700 N. Shady Retreat Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
Phone: 215-348-0565
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Morrisville Senior Center
31 E. Cleveland Ave.
Morrisville, PA 19067
Phone: 215-295-0567
Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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/healthservices/HealthDepartment/HeatRelatedIllness