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Hot weather creates challenges for older adults

Posted at 6:09 PM, Jul 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-21 19:12:08-04

BROOKFIELD - These are especially difficult days for the elderly, those who can't afford air conditioning, and those who just don't have it.

Milwaukee has plenty of cooling centers for seniors.  You can get a full list by calling 211. Waukesha County has similar resources available, and those were well-used on this hot Thursday.

Hot weather is making it difficult for seniors to get around.

“How do I feel about it? I feel that I don’t think I’ll make it here tomorrow, because it’s just so bad, I mean it’s very hard on me, the high humidity," said Scott Olsen.

Olsen's having lunch at the Brookfield Senior Center.  The place was packed with those seeking relief from the extreme heat.

“We have 10 senior dining centers around Waukesha County, so that if the heat gets unbearable in their homes, they can come, have lunch, get chilled and have a good time," said Mike Glasgow of the Brookfield Senior Dining Center.

Not everyone in their 80s and 90s drives. Waukesha County recognizes that, and has a program to pick them up at home.
“It’s critically important. I mean just judging by how busy our providers are, a lot of people are taking advantage of the service and the service is there to help people," said Glasgow.

Waukesha and Milwaukee health officials are reminding the general public to check the well being of any elderly family members and neighbors on hot days.

“They help and it’s really wonderful," said Madge Milella.

Milella's 93 and thankful that her neighbors checked on her.  That gives her peace of mind, because she lives alone.

"And I like my life the way it is and it allows me to keep a house," said Milella.