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Chatham County Council on Aging help keep seniors cool during heat wave

Posted Thursday, June 2, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - The Chatham County Council on Aging offers several programs and suggestions to help local senior citizens cope with heat waves this summer. “We know that extreme temperatures can be a serious health threat to all of our residents, but seniors must be especially careful,” said Angel Dennison, director of the Council on Aging.

For those without air conditioning, the Council participates in a fan donation program funded through a statewide program sponsored by utility companies.

“Residents who are at least 61 years can receive an electric box-style fan at no charge. If you are aware of a senior citizen in need of a fan, please contact Brett Moraes at 542-4512. Also, due to having a limited supply of fans, we would appreciate donations of fans or cash to buy fans,” Dennison said.

The Council on Aging invites seniors to enjoy the air conditioning in both the Pittsboro and Siler City senior centers, which are open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

“Generally, group activities and wellness programs are offered in the mornings, while bridge, arts programs, Mah Jongg and quilting groups are offered in the afternoons,” Dennison said, “but activities schedules vary for each center.”

Dennison said that lunch is served at 11:45 am, but registration is required. “The exercise room stays open until 5 pm. However, it is important to note that even when no activities are planned, seniors are welcome to stay here in the cool air to read, watch TV, socialize or play board games and card games with others.”

To find out more about scheduled activities, call 542-4512 for Pittsboro activities and 742-3975 for Siler City activities.

“We also want to invite people of all ages using the walking path at Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro, which is very close to the senior center, to come inside our center to cool off and get a drink of water,” Dennison added.

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