Council On Aging Needs Heaters For Elder Adults

January 11, 2019

As temperatures drop, elder adults without dependable sources of adequate heating are vulnerable to extreme discomfort and health complications. Each year, Council on Aging of West Florida provides brand-new space heaters to these individuals to keep them warm during the colder Florida months of December, January and February. This year, Council on Aging has distributed more space heaters than ever before, but the agency still receives several calls a day desperate for relief from the cold.

“We don’t often think of Florida being bitterly cold during the winter, but temperatures can often drop below freezing,” said John Clark, \president/CEO of Council on Aging of West Florida. “It is not unusual for homes with poor insulation to reach 50 degrees at night. This can constrict blood supply, impede cognitive function and slow metabolism, not to mention how uncomfortable it is. Our seniors deserve better.”

Those interested in helping these senior adults should purchase new space heaters of any size from area stores or donate online at http://www.coawfla.org/donate-to-council-on-aging/. The Council on Aging cannot accept donations of used heaters, because the agency cannot verify the safety of used appliances. Safety information is distributed with each space heater.

Individuals age 60 and over that are suffering in the cold should call (850) 432-1475 to request a space heater and verify heaters in stock before picking one up from 875 Royce Street in Pensacola. They are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and based on need.

Comments

2 Responses to “Council On Aging Needs Heaters For Elder Adults”

  1. 429SCJ Smith on January 14th, 2019 6:41 am

    A great program, but these heaters are high wattage items.

    Many Seniors may need assistance with power bills.

  2. Denbroc on January 11th, 2019 5:43 am

    Thank you, Mr. Clark, for caring for our seniors!





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