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Councils on Aging offer summer relief to senior citizens

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 9:44am

Every summer, hundreds of people suffer from heat exhaustion during the hottest months of the year. That's even more dangerous for the most at-risk populations, including senior citizens and young children. Tamara Crane, Excecutive Director of the Bossier Council on Aging, told us that while it depends on the individual, many seniors suffer from health problems which can worsen in exceptionally hot weather. "Blood pressure issues, that can have an impact. CHF, congestive heart failure, diabetes, all of these things go to compound heat issues," she said.

However, cranking up the air conditioning can mean bigger bills, creating difficult questions for seniors on a budget. To help out, many Councils on Aging provide assistance with utility bills. While the Bossier COA's program focuses on Entergy payments, there are other programs available to help seniors cool their homes for less.

It's not just about air conditioning, though. Staying hydrated is key. The Bossier COA offers cold bottles of water to all seniors on hot days. It also has an annual fan program. Any senior in the parish is eligible, as long as they haven't received a fan within the last year.

To keep those programs going, though, the Councils depend on donations. They're looking for any new, unopened fan of any type...plus packages of water. If you can help, drop off your contribution by the Bossier City location, at 706 Bearkat Drive. You can also call 741-8302 for more information or visit their website. http://bossiercoa.org/Contact-Us.php

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