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Lafayette Council on Aging helps prepare Acadiana seniors for cold weather

Posted at 9:50 PM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 00:10:07-05

Cold weather is on the way to Acadiana over the next few days, and area organizations are working to protect those most vulnerable and in need.

The Lafayette Council on Aging is urging Acadiana seniors to be prepared for the frigid temperatures.

Executive Director Kathy Boudreaux says that seniors should check to make sure heaters are in good working condition, look at seals around their doors, and contact the Council on Aging if they are in need. Boudreaux adds the organization has extra blankets and heaters, and anyone who needs one should contact them.

Anyone who knows a senior who may be in need during the winter weather is asked to call the Council on Aging, including anyone with no or inadequate heating or anyone who is in danger of receiving an electricity shutoff notice.

The COA has also recently been awarded a grant to assist seniors with electricity bills. To qualify, a senior must be over 60 years of age, live in Lafayette Parish, the electricity must be in the senior's name, and they must be at risk of receiving a shutoff notice.

Boudreaux urged residents to check up on seniors that they know to make sure they're okay and if they have any needs.

She added that the council's Meals on Wheels program won't be running on Monday, February 15, because of inclement weather or Tuesday, February 16 because of Mardi Gras.

For more information on the grant or on the Council on Aging, visit their website here.

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