Monday, July 14, 2014
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Senior centers extend hours to beat the heat

Three centers will extend Friday hours and will open Saturday.

Senior centers extend hours to beat the heat

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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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Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at cpalmer@phillynews.com, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at bfinley@phillynews.com, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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