Free fans available for senior adults with health risks

Published 12:23 am Wednesday, May 17, 2017

SALISBURY — Operation Fan-Heat Relief begins June 1.

The Rufty-Holmes Senior Center has received funding from the Duke Energy Foundation enabling the center to buy box fans for senior adults who may have health risks associated with the intense heat of summer.

Hot weather is not only uncomfortable; it also can aggravate some health conditions.

As people age, their bodies lose some ability to adapt to extreme heat. Some medications can increase heat sensitivity. Hot, humid weather may worsen many medical conditions such as asthma and COPD.

The fan program is intended for clients who have financial need and who do not have air conditioning. Priority is given to senior adults.

Eligibility requirements include:

• The recipient must be at least 60 years old or disabled.

• The recipient must be a resident of Rowan County.

If you qualify for a free box fan for summer heat relief, contact Rufty-Holmes at 704-216-7703 or call the Senior Help Line at 704-216-7700.

Eligible senior adults may call to reserve a fan and pick it up at the Senior Center. The center will need the name, address, phone number, age and date of birth for the person receiving the fan.

For more information, call the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center Help Line at 704-216-7700 or Susan Davis at 704-216-7703.