Senior centers extend hours to beat the heat

Three senior centers will stay open till 6 p.m. Friday and will open Saturday to provide spots to get away from the excessive heat and humidity.

The Lower Bucks Senior Center, 301 Wood St., Bristol Borough; the Bristol Township Senior Center, 2501 Bath Rd.; and the Pennridge Senior Center, 146 E. Main St., Silverdale, will stay open an extra 2½ hours Friday and will open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, the county information office said Thursday.

Seniors age 60 and older who do not have a fan or air conditioner may be able to get a fan from the Area Agency on Aging. Seniors also can get help by calling the agency at 267-880-5700 during this period of extreme heat.

Extreme hot weather can cause serious heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion, and seniors are especially vulnerable, the agency said.

People are encouraged to check frequently on elderly relatives, friends and neighbors. Symptoms of a possible heat-related injury include faintness, dizziness, nausea, weakness, and heavy sweating.

For information about symptoms and treatment relating to the elderly, go to the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/elderlyheat.asp. In an emergency, call 911.

Information about preventing heat-related injuries also is available on the county Health Department’s website,  www.buckscounty.org/government/departments/HumanServices/HealthDepartment/HeatRelatedIllness.aspx.

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