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6/24/2010 Vol. , Issue 5 Contact Us
MAJOR ISSUES

City of El Paso’s Retired and Senior Volunteer
Calling All Seniors Program

Is Helping to
BEAT THE HEAT!


 

These past few weeks we have encountered SEVERE Heat in the Sun City and we are urging the public to take action to protect themselves and others during these extreme weather conditions. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program – Calling All Seniors is assisting in the efforts to BEAT THE HEAT!

Calling All Seniors is a FREE friendly telephone call service from one senior to another which provides a friendly visit by phone.

This service is FREE for seniors ages 55 and older that need a friendly phone call to check up on how they are doing. The seniors that need a check up call and the volunteer seniors that make the phone calls are matched up based on their interests, hobbies, education, background, etc. The calls will be made on the days the senior would like a phone call.

The service is free of charge and a great way to keep in touch with a senior living alone or in need of a check-up call.

If you are interested in the Calling All Seniors Program or know a senior that needs this service please call:

(915) 541-4025
or
email
RSVP@elpasotexas.gov

It is very important for everybody to use the Buddy System to look out for each other, especially the elderly and infirmed during these hot summer days. It is also crucial for the public to watch out for the animals and neighborhood pets that may be experiencing the dangers and symptoms caused by our City’s extreme weather.

What is a Buddy?
Anyone can be a buddy. A Buddy can be a friend, relative, neighbor or landlord. A Buddy should be someone an elderly person who lives alone can trust in his or her home.

  • A Buddy makes a daily personal visit or telephone call to his or her elderly Buddy during a heat wave
  • A Buddy encourages the elderly person to rest, stay cool and drink plenty of fluids. If there are any errands that must be done, the Buddy does them or makes sure they get done.
  • A Buddy is on the lookout for distressed animals that may be experiencing the dangers of extreme heat.

SAFETY TIPS:

  • Dress for the heat – Wear lightweight, light colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun’s energy. It is also a good idea to wear a hat or use an umbrella.
  • Drink water! Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously, even if you do not feel thirsty.
  • Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day. Stay indoors when possible.
  • If you do not have an air conditioner and only have a fan – open windows and doors so you won’t be circulating the hot air inside your home.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid foods that are high in protein which increase metabolic heat.



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