BECKLEY – As the temperatures continue to drop, senior citizen advocates urged locals to look out for elderly relatives and neighbors.
Jack Tanner, director of the Raleigh County Commission on Aging, recommended seniors who live alone to let somebody know when they are home so they can be checked on. Since it is easier to get dehydrated in the cold weather, Tanner said you should drink plenty of fluids.
Eating well and staying healthy can help prevent seniors from catching the cold or flu. Tanner said everyone, including seniors, should bundle up in layers of clothing, even if you only plan to be outside for a few minutes. “Those of us that are at the age of seniors - we've seen a lot in our lifetime but this is really extreme,” he explained. “We’ve forgotten what it could feel like or what it could do to us.”
The Commission on Aging in Beckley has a generator to keep the building in operation even if the power goes off, so seniors can go to the center if they need assistance. All surrounding counties have a senior center with services available, so Tanner advised seniors to take advantage of these resources.