Fans available to seniors and Cooling Centers open

Press release issued by Gloucester County

Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Jim Jefferson, the liaison to the Division of Senior Services, said that the county’s Cooling Centers are available for seniors and other residents that may not have air conditioning in their homes.

Fans are still available to seniors 60 and above with low income or possessing a PAAD (Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled) or Medicaid card. Seniors must show PAAD (Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled) or Medicaid card to show low income.

The Freeholders said that prolonged heat and humidity could present a serious health hazard, especially for young children, the elderly and persons taking certain medications.

Freeholder Director Damminger said that the Gloucester County Department of Health has information on its website about how to avoid health complications from excessive heat and that cooling centers are designated throughout the county for those in need of relief from the heat.

Damminger said, “Senior citizens are vulnerable to heat and we have several locations throughout the county they can go to stay cool. We recommend that they stay in a cool, air-conditioned place during this excessive heat during the daytime like the mall, library or community center.”

To avoid health complications from excessive heat:

· Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic beverages.
· Make sure children and the elderly are drinking water, and ensure that persons with mobility problems have adequate fluids in easy reach.
· If you do not have air conditioning, spend time in air-conditioned places such as libraries, movies, malls or other public buildings during the hottest hours of the day.
· Wear loose and light-colored clothing. Wear a hat when outdoors.
· Reduce physical activity or reschedule it for cooler times of the day.
· Don’t leave children, a frail, elderly or disabled person, or pets in an enclosed car — not even for a minute — as temperatures can quickly climb to dangerous levels.
· Talk to your health care provider about any medicine or drugs you are taking. Certain medications — such as tranquilizers and drugs used to treat Parkinson’s disease — can increase the risk of heat-related illness.

Gloucester County seniors may seek shelter from the heat at any of the county’s six nutrition sites, counties libraries or Shady Lane Nursing Home. If any Gloucester County senior has questions please contact (856) 218–4101.

Cooling Centers include:

Gloucester County Nutrition Site Locations:
Mantua Township Community Center
111 Mercer Ave.
Mantua, NJ 08080
(856) 468–4773

Glassboro Senior Center
152 S. Delsea Dr.
Glassboro, NJ 08028
(856) 881–6610

Thorofare Fire Hall
Firehouse Road
Thorofare, NJ 08086
(856) 853–6496

Pfeiffer Community Center
301 Blue Bell Street
Williamstown, NJ 08094
(856) 728–1140

Franklin Community Center
1584 Coles Mill Road
Franklinville, NJ 08322
(856) 694–1413

Second Baptist Church
1534 Pine Street
Paulsboro, NJ 08066
(856) 423–3387

Shady Lane Nursing Home
256 County House Road
Clarksboro
(856) 224–6979

For Library locations residents can call the Gloucester County Library System at (856) 223–6000 or visit www.gcls.org.

Freeholder Jim Jefferson helped hand out fans to Gloucester County senior citizens as part of the Gloucester County Division of Senior Services annual “Keep Cool” Fan Distribution.

For more information about fans, please call the Division of Senior Services at (856) 384–6900.