This year is shaping up to be one of the hottest on record and the oppressive heat can put some elderly people in danger. According to bctv.com, residents in Berks County, Pennsylvania, may have a respite from the rising temperatures as local senior centers are opening their doors to everyone.
"Our concern is that there are older adults who, despite not having air conditioning in their homes, stay there instead of venturing out to places such as our senior centers where they can cool off," LuAnn Oatman, president and CEO of Berks Encore told the news source.
Whether or not one is a member of the retirement living community, they can still use Berks County senior centers and Oatman encourages anybody over 55 who is suffering from the heat to do so.
The centers offers places for people to read, watch television or play pool.
The Centers for Disease Control report that heat stroke is the most serious heat-related disorder. The condition, which can cause death and permanent disability is marked by symptoms such as chills, headache and dizziness.