In a partnership designed to offer a place for older adults to escape the mid-day heat and reduce the costs of air conditioning use, the St. John Health and Human Services department and the Council on Aging have partnered to develop a Cool Zone program. The site, located at 214 Regala Park Road, Reserve, Louisiana is designed to get seniors aged 60 and older out of the house and save money by lowering the risk of high energy bills. The sites encourage people to share air conditioning during the heat of the day, lowering individual usage and helping to conserve energy for the whole community. The kickoff and registration will be held on Monday, June 28th from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Individuals requiring transportation to the site can sign up during this time.
High temperatures can be dangerous for older adults. People in frail health can easily be impacted by high temperatures and may not know the signs of dehydration and heat strokes until it is too late. The Parish President urges older adults to attend the Cool Zone site during the hot days. “We are encouraging our seniors to visit our designated Cool Zone site to beat the summer heat, we have plans to expand to additional sites in the near future”, said President Robottom.
The Cool Zone program was spearheaded by Elois Joseph, Director of Health and Human Services. “Our partnership with the Council on Aging is critical and will ensure that older adults have a place to go that will allow them to save money and participate in social activities”. To find out more about Cool Zones, please call the Health and Human Services department at (985) 536-4955 or the Council on Aging at (985) 479-0272.