TROY, N.Y. – Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino announced Monday that the County is taking steps to help seniors better handle the high temperatures that are expected over the next few days.
Jimino said that all residents will be affected by the heat, but that seniors are particularly vulnerable. In anticipation, local senior center directors have been reaching out to the more vulnerable seniors to ensure that they are prepared and have invited them to come in to the senior center to escape the excessive heat.
"On extremely hot days our senior centers can provide a great place to just stop in and cool off for a bit," said Jimino. "Seniors with or without air conditioning should feel free to come to the senior centers between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Each center is air conditioned and even if you don't want to participate in the activities, you can sit and read a book or just enjoy being in a cool atmosphere."
Rensselaer County senior centers have also made transportation available on a limited basis. To sign up for a ride, all seniors are welcomed to call their local senior center or the Department for Ageing's main number, (518) 270-2730.
"When the temperature rises to the levels predicted, taking proper precautions is vital to preventing the effects of excessive heat," said Jimino. "By following some simple safety measures the severe health problems including sunstroke, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and possibly even death that can occur are avoidable."
Safety tips have been distributed to homebound seniors in Rensselaer County and to the five county-operated senior centers in an effort to help residents cope with the heat.
These tips include: