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Area Agency on Aging warns seniors about heat dangers

August 06, 2010

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Franklin County (Pa.) Area Agency on Aging released information Thursday saying it has concerns about the affect of heat on senior citizens.

Health risks among that population rise with the temperature, a news release said.

The Franklin County Area Agency on Aging offered the following tips for staying cool:

o If you have older neighbors, friends or family, especially those with respiratory-related medical problems, check in with them regularly. 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 a senior citizen needs to get away from the heat for a while, the agency suggests taking a trip to the mall, grocery store or library. Visit 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 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, the news release said.

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Senior centers are staying open until 7 p.m. on summer days when a heat advisory is issued by the National Weather Service. Participating Franklin County senior centers are in Chambersburg, Fort Loudon, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Mont Alto 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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