March 8, 2014
Rising temperatures and high humidity can be a dangerous combination for senior citizens, so the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging is stepping in to help.
The Fan-Care Program is aimed at low-income seniors who have respiratory or other medical issues. Seniors 60 years and older qualify for free fans.
Dominion Power and Wal-Mart are sponsoring the program and making fan donations.
Bill Crawford, SAAA director of case management, says, "Seniors aren't as good as dissipating heat. You can overheat. We encourage people, when it gets real hot, to drink a lot of water, eat light meals, dress light, keep your windows open, and keeping the air circulation going is a big help when it gets hot."
Qualifying seniors are asked to call the agency and the fan will be delivered as quickly as possible.