Heat Safety For Seniors

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

Tallahassee, FL - It is hot! And senior citizens are especially at risk when the mercury rises.

Ed Gines, Elder Care Services: "The older you get, the less you can absorb the heat."

Solomon Rogers is a wheelchair bound senior citizen in Tallahassee. And he gets just as hot as the rest of us.

"You wake up in the morning it's hot, you go to bed it's hot."

Rogers received a window fan through Elder Care Services when his air conditioning wouldn't work. The program relies on donations to supply the elderly with a way to keep cool during the summer.

Ed Gines, Elder Care Services: "We're expecting that we'll have a high demand starting almost immediately as we are expecting temperatures to rise."

For many of us when the weather gets too hot we can simply just change into cooler clothes or jump in the AC, but that's not always the case for our senior citizens here in Tallahassee. That's why these donations are so important.

Ed Gines, Elder Care Services: "Dehydration is so easy for them, so the fan program is real, real vital."

And even though there's no escaping the summer heat, Solomon Rogers is thankful he has something to cool things down even just a little bit.

Rogers: "You make due with what you got."

The fan program is year round. Elder Care services said just last week a group of people from Woodville donated 20 box window fans that ECS plans on distributing as needed.

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