Jun 7, 2011 6:23 AM by Jenise Fernandez

Seniors Trying to Stay Cool in Scorching Temperatures

For Julia Simon-- finding ways to stay cool in scorching temperatures is challenging.

"My husband can't take the central air because he has diabetes and gets the chills. I got arthritis and when I get cold my bones hurt more," said Simon.

To help Simon and her husband, Cajun Area Agency on Aging gave her a portable fan. The fan is enough to keep them cool without either feeling sick.

"It's been a big help for us," said Simon.

Cajun Area Agency on Aging hand out portable fans to the elderly during the summer when temperatures can sometimes reach the hundreds.All the fans are donated. They had 100 a few weeks ago and now they're down to just three.

" If they don't have any type of circulation in their home, it'll be really uncomfortable," said Information Specialist of the Cajun Area Agency on Aging, Linda Southard.

The scorching temperatures don't only create a problem for the elderly-- but kids and teenagers can also suffer from heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

"Now you need to keep your kids hydrated at all times. Rest in the shade if you can and keep them from getting hurt. If they start getting extra tired, or if they start acting confused, another dangerous sign is if they're red hot and not sweating. That's a sign that things are about to get very bad and that's about time to call an ambulance," said Dr. Scott Hamilton, Pediatric Medical Advisor at Lafayette General Emergency Department.

To help, you can stop by the Cajun Area Agency on Aging office and drop off portable fans or make a monetary donation.



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