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Agency offers tips to cope with extreme heat

July 08, 2010

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Health risks for seniors rise with the temperature and the hot days this week are especially hard for the elderly.

The Franklin County (Pa.) Area Agency on Aging offered these tips Tuesday for staying cool:

o If you have elderly neighbors, friends or family, check-in with them. Take a moment to help the seniors in your life by calling or stopping by to see if they need help staying cool.

o If you need to get away from the heat for a while, take a trip to the mall, go to the grocery store, stop by the library. Seniors are encouraged tovisit public places with air conditioning during the hottest times of the day or when you need a break from the heat.

o If you are age 60 or older, visit one of Franklin County's Senior Activity Centers.There, seniors can not only cool off, but also enjoy the company of friends and neighbors as well as enjoy some fun activities. Most local Senior Centers are staying open until 7 p.m. today as well as other summer days when a heat advisory is issued by the National Weather Service.

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Participating Senior Centers are in Chambersburg, Waynesboro, Fort Loudon, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Mont Alto, Path Valley and Upper Strasburg.

For more information, or to report a senior at risk, call the Aging Office at 717-263-2153 or toll-free at 800-642-6990.

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