Quarterly Newsletter of the Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission's Council on Aging.
Quarterly Newsletter of the Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission (Council on Aging) 3rd Quarter Classic Times 2017 Long Life & Happiness __________________________________________________________________________________________ CLASSIC TIMES From the Director: Lynda Christison Many, many thanks to Lt. Governor Bryant and the SC Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging for awarding LCRAC with a Senior Centers Permanent Improvement Project grant to replace the outdoor freezer at Tri-City and to construct and new distribution and freezer facility at Batesburg-Leesville!! This allows us to better plan for the future and to gradually expand and diversify our meals programs to better meet the needs of our communities. Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who gave their time, energy, and sweat to help make the homes of many of our seniors safer and more comfortable to live in on Christmas in Lexington County day!! Every year, every person participating in our programs has to go through an assessment/reassessment process to verify that he or she still qualifies for the service(s) and to make sure that their emergency and other information is up-to-date. Starting in July, some of the assessments will be done by staff from the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and some by LCRAC staff. If you receive a call from the AAA to set up an appointment for your assessment and you are unsure about the caller, call us at 803-358- 1185 or the AAA at Central Midlands Council of Governments at 803-376-5390 for verification. It’s HOT outside!!! Do you have a plan for surviving the heat and avoiding heat exhaustion or heat stroke? We all prepare for hurricanes, tornadoes, and snow and ice. Of all the different weather emergencies we anticipate in South Carolina, heat waves are the only ones that are guaranteed to occur every year. Extreme heat and humidity are dangerous for everyone; but more so for children, older adults, those with chronic medical conditions, and those on medications that affect the body’s ability to control its temperature or sweat. Here are some things to consider: How will you stay cool? Do you have air conditioning? If not, where will you go for at least part of the day to be out of the heat? Malls, libraries, or attending/joining your local senior center are good options. Do not rely on a fan as your main cooling source when it’s over 90 degrees outside. Taking a cool shower or bath can help reduce your body temperature. How will you adjust your exercise or outdoor activity schedule, including shopping, so that you are not outside during the hottest part of the day (between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.)? Do not stay or let anyone else, including pets, stay in a hot car for even a few minutes. Do you have plenty of water or sports drinks on hand? You need to drink more water than normal. Start drinking before you get thirsty. If your doctor limits your fluids or you are on water pills, ask how much water you should drink during hot weather. Avoid alcohol or beverages high in sugar or caffeine. Do you have meals that you can heat in a microwave or that do not require cooking? Do you have loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing to wear? Do you have a hot-weather buddy? It is important that everyone is checked on at least twice a day to make sure he or she is not dehydrated or showing signs of heat stress. Do you have a plan for your pets? They need to be out of the sun and have lots of water, too. How will you stay informed so that you know when to implement you plan? Radio, TV? Do you know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and what to do? Call 911 if heat exhaustion symptoms (mild headache, lightheadedness, cool/pale skin, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, fatigue, weakness) last more than an hour. Treat by moving to a cooler place, drink cold water, and lay down. For heat stroke (throbbing headache, confusion, seizure, altered/loss of consciousness, oral temperature of 104 degrees or more, hot skin, nausea, vomiting) call 911 immediately. Move to a cooler location, immerse in cool water or place ice packs on the neck and groin areas. Please be safe and stay cool this summer!! Seniors with Lt. Governor Kevin Bryant at indoor ground breaking for PIP Grant