Fans bring relief to seniors

Eligible seniors may apply at Tville Senior Center
May. 29, 2013 @ 03:17 PM

Summer heat may signify hours of enjoyment for able-bodied individuals, but it can be the cause for serious health concerns among senior citizens.

Davidson County Senior Services is being proactive by providing fans for the elderly. Operation Fan Heat Relief is underway at senior centers in Thomasville and Lexington.  Senior Services Director Tessia Everhart-Roberts says the purpose of this project is to provide a more comfortable living environment and reduce heat-related illnesses.

"Elderly people are prone to heat stress because their bodies don't adjust to heat as well as younger people," said Everhart-Roberts. "Some take prescription medication that can elevate body temperature. It's definitely been beneficial and I'm sure it has saved lives because some cannot afford to have their homes air conditioned."

Adults 60 years of age or older are eligible for a fan. Those under the age of 60 with a disability and a home situation that presents a health threat may be eligible.

A state-funded program through a grant from the Piedmont Triad Regional Council, Operation Fan Heat Relief has been extended to Davidson County residents for more than 20 years.

"This year, we had 50 fans to distribute in the community," said Christy Smith, manager of the Lexington Senior Center. "For a person who is 60 or older, this fan may be something that can provide greater comfort for these individuals, who are extremely appreciative."

For more information about the program, visit the Thomasville Senior Center at 211 W. Colonial Drive or Lexington Senior Center at 555-B W. Center St. Ext. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call the Thomasville Center at 474-2754.

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or kennedy@tvilletimes.com.