2012-06-27


Senior Centers to Extend Hours Due to Extreme Heat

PITTSBURGH - In anticipation of the high forecasted temperatures,the Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging (AAA) will extend the hours of operation of the following senior centers:

CenterLocationTelephoneDatesTimes Open
Catholic Youth/Stephen Foster 286 Main Street Pittsburgh 15201412-621-3342 Jun 29 7 am -7 pm
Citiparks Greenfield Center 745 Greenfield Avenue Pittsburgh 15217 412-422-6551 Jun 28 Jun 29 8 am-7 pm  
Jun 30 Jul 1 11 am-7 pm
Citiparks Homewood Center 7321 Frankstown Avenue Pittsburgh 15208 412-244-4190 Jun 28 Jun 29 8 am-7 pm  
Jun 30 Jul 1 11 am-7 pm  
Citiparks Mt Washington Center 122 Virginia Avenue Pittsburgh,15211 412-488-8405 Jun 28 Jun 29 8 am-7 pm  
Jun 30 Jul1 11 am-7 pm  
Citiparks Sheraden Center 720 Sherwood Avenue Pittsburgh, 15204 412-777-5012 Jun 28 Jun 29 8 am-7 pm    
Jun 30 Jul 1 11 am-7 pm
Jewish Community Center 5738 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh 15217 412-521-8011 Jun 28 9 am-9:30 pm  
Jun 29 9 am-6 pm  
Jun 30 Jul 1 8 am-6 pm
Seton Center 1900 Pioneer Avenue Pittsburgh, 15226 412-344-4777 Jun 28 Jun 29 7 am-9 pm  
Jun 30 9 am-5 pm

 

All county residents ages 60 and older are also welcome to visit any of the county-funded senior centers during regular hours of operation to socialize and enjoy activities while taking refuge from the heat. For a list of all Allegheny County senior centers, visit www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/seniorcenters.aspx.

AAA also encourages residents to be particularly mindful of the elderly as the temperature rises. The agency and its contracted providers will maintain contact with frail, isolated and high-risk seniors who are registered for care management with AAA. Care managers will respond to emergency needs as they arise, making sure that seniors are safe and stable.

However, not all elderly citizens are registered for care management with AAA and, therefore, may need to be checked on by neighbors, friends or relatives. The following are tips offered to those who plan to check on seniors:

  • Offer a glass of water or a non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverage. Sit with them as they drink it. If plain water is boring, try one of the no-calorie fruit flavored waters.
  • Check for breathing difficulty or other signs of distress, such as swelling of the ankles, or disorientation. Seek medical attention if needed, or simply call a medical professional for advice.
  • Check to see that window air conditioning units are operating in good order. If there is no air conditioning, make sure that there is good cross-ventilation, aided by fans.
  • Check to see that they are eating. If they are not eating because of lack of appetite, try offering light protein-laden foods, such as fully cooked eggs, cottage cheese or lentils.

If seniors resist visits, encourage them to agree to a few telephone calls each day, but pay attention to whether the person sounds alert, and if they can tell you which medicines they have taken. If they are willing, invite them to stay with you for a few days until the difficult weather passes problems.

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