Julie Freestone, communications officer for CCHS, wants to alert seniors about all the centers open to them in order to avoid heat related issues - places like Antioch Senior Center, Ambrose Community Center, Brentwood Community Center and centers in Concord, Danville, Martinez and Pittsburg.
"We also have an information line where people can call for tips on what to do, things like drink lots of water," said Freestone. "Research shows that the elderly don't always feel thirsty and forget to drink enough water."
The Brentwood Community Center is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Seniors at the center can beat the heat by making tie rugs, painting, decoupage, playing Pinochle and more. "We try to keep the seniors off the street, safe and out of their children's hair," said Joanne Joaquin, Oldies But Goodies coordinator.
Brenda Perry, recreational specialist for seniors at the Antioch Senior Center, said the center offers classes in exercise, painting, quilting, piano, knitting, computers and stretching. It also provides haircuts, bingo, tap dance, chair dancing and card games.
"These centers are open all the time," said Freestone. "We're just calling people's attention to it on these high-heat days, to let them know there's somewhere for them to go."
For more information, visit www.cchealth.org or call (888) 959-9911.