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Heat Emergency Preparedness 2019

Due to the current heat wave throughout the Commonwealth of PA this week, all residents have been advised to drink plenty of fluids (water, sports drinks), to stay out of the sun, to wear light colored, loose fitted clothing, and to run a fan or air-conditioner (if available) to keep cool.

Although anyone, at any time can suffer heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others.

Persons age 65 and older are particularly susceptible to heat related illnesses and complications that can result during periods of high temperatures and humidity. Individuals with chronic respiratory illnesses, such as asthma or diabetes, may also find that their conditions worsen during these times. Persons who are homeless, and infants and young children, are also at increased risk for complications in the summer heat.

Please check on persons who are alone, have limited outside supports and who may be at high risk of heat relation illnesses. Make certain they are using a fan or air conditioner, if available to them. Encourage them to hydrate with clear liquids and to limit their intake o caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.

Additional tips:

DO:
• Drink more fluids, don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which dehydrate the body.
• Wear lightweight, light colored clothing.
• Stay indoors, ideally in an air conditioned place.
• Visit your local library, mall, senior community center for drop-in center if you don’t have air conditioning. Check for hours of operation.
• Rest often in shady areas.
• Listen to the news and public announcements for heat advisories.

DON’T:
• Underestimate the seriousness of heat-related emergencies.
• Leave anyone, a person or animal, in a parked vehicle.
• Stay in the hot weather if you feel sick.
• Overexert yourself or work outside without taking breaks.
• Hesitate to call EMS and seek medical attention!

SIGNS OF HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES INCLUDE:
• Nausea
• Confused or disoriented
• Dizziness
• Skin is cool, pale or moist (possible heat exhaustion)
• Skin is hot, red or dry (possible heat stroke)
• Heavy sweating and headaches.

Due to the extreme hot weather over the next few days, please respond proactively and take steps to identify and check on persons at risk for heat related illnesses…including the elderly, disabled and homeless.

In the event of a medical emergency, please call 9 – 1 – 1.

Carbondale Pop Up Senior Center

Lackawanna County’s Area Agency on Aging will present a Pop up Senior Center on the Main Street Square in Carbondale on Tuesday, July 16, from 9 am – 1 pm. Senior citizens can pick-up their farmer’s market vouchers and use them at the market that will be on site. A free chopping station will be available to prep produce to take home.

Community organizations will sponsor information booths and demonstrations. The Weinberg Foundation will provide a cooking demonstration, and the Greater Carbondale YMCA will have a booth on its healthy living program.

The Geisinger Community Medical Center Springboard team will be testing handgrip strength with a machine called a dynamometer.  It will also host a cup stacking competition for participants to have fun while testing their cup stacking abilities. The United Way of Lackawanna & Wayne Counties will sponsor free blood pressure screenings.  Jim Cullen and Jack Bordo will perform from 9 am – 11 am.

For more information contact Sue Miraglia at Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging at 570.963-6740, ext. 1406 or [email protected].

Farmers Market Vouchers Available

Lackawanna County senior citizens will once again be able to participate in the very popular local farmers market voucher program that has been a staple in our community for a number of years.

Lackawanna County’s Area Agency on Aging, in cooperation with the State Department of Agriculture, will be distributing Farmers Market Nutritional Program vouchers at either senior community centers, public facilities or “POP UP” venues, beginning Friday, June 14.

Under the program, each eligible senior can receive up to four $5 vouchers that can be redeemed at participating farmers markets and farm stands for fresh fruit and produce.  The program is a win-win for both consumers and farmers.  It gives senior citizens access to locally grown produce and directs shoppers to area farmers that they generally may not see on a regular basis.

The County has over 22,000 vouchers available for distribution.

Those who qualify are Lackawanna County residents who will be 60 or older by December 31, 2019 and whose annual income does not exceed $23,107 for a single person, $31,284 for a couple or $39,461 for a three person household.  Proof of age in the form of a driver’s license or birth certificate must be provided along with proof of Lackawanna County residency in the form of a utility bill or a driver’s license.

Vouchers will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis generally from 9 AM – noon at the centers, unless otherwise indicated.  Seniors who are unable to visit a site may appoint a proxy to pick-up a voucher for them.  Proxy forms can be obtained at the Area Agency on Aging, local senior centers or online at www.lackawannacounty.org.

Distribution dates and sites include:

Friday, June 14: PA Anthracite Heritage Museum, 22 Bald Mountain Road, Scranton, 9 AM – 11 AM

Saturday, June 22: South Scranton Farmers Market, 300 Block of Alder Street, Scranton, (10 AM – 1 PM)

Saturday, June 29: South Scranton Farmers Market, 300 Block of Alder Street, Scranton, (10 AM – 1 PM)

Tuesday, July 2: POP UP Senior Center with Farm Stands, Courthouse Square, N. Washington Avenue, Scranton

Wednesday, July 10:  Dunmore Senior Center, 1414 Monroe Avenue, Dunmore

Thursday, July 11:  The Marketplace At Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton, (2 PM – 7 PM)

Tuesday, July 16: POP UP Senior Center with Farm Stands at Carbondale City Hall/Memorial Park, Carbondale

Friday, July 19:  Taylor Community Center, 700 S. Main Street, Taylor

Monday, July 22:  Mid Valley Senior Center, 310 Church Street, Jessup

Saturday, July 27: South Scranton Farmers Market, 300 Block of Alder Street, Scranton, (10 AM – 1 PM)

Monday, July 30: POP UP Senior Center with Farm Stands at North Pocono Middle School, 701 Church Street, Moscow

 

Any questions on the program should be directed to the Area Agency on Aging at

(570) 963-6740.

Medicare “Lunch and Learn”

We know you value your employees and want the best for them and we would like to partner with you to enhance that mission.  The APPRISE Program is engaging an outreach effort to locate soon-to-be retirees and educate them on Medicare and various benefits available, therefore, we are specifically asking you to consider having a Medicare “Lunch and Learn”.

We will do all the work!  The only thing we need from you is space within the company (Conference Room /Board Room) to hold the session.  Please contact Voluntary Action Center APPRISE Program at 570-347-5616 Ext 211