Ocean County Press Release
Senior Services Offers Helpful Resources on Staying Cool

TOMS RIVER – Seniors living in Ocean County looking for a respite from the summer heat or needing information that can help them get through the summer safely can find helpful resources at the Ocean County Office of Senior Services.

"Annually, ‘Beat the Heat' a publication compiled by the Ocean County Office of Senior Services is updated and made available to seniors living in Ocean County," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, who serves as chairman to Senior Services. "This publication provides our residents with a wealth of information to help them do just what the title says – beat the heat."

"Beat the Heat" offers helpful hints on keeping cool during the dog days of summer, provides listings of various outreach programs, and even where to access help when it comes to air conditioner and screen repair.

"With 160,000 seniors calling Ocean County home, it's important they are prepared for the summer heat," Vicari said. "Our Office of Seniors Services is providing a useful guide that touches on a number of topics so our seniors can have a safe, happy and healthy summer season."

On those hot summer days when relief from the heat is needed, seniors can access many nutrition sites and outreach programs throughout Ocean County.

"Beat the Heat" lists locations and telephone numbers for many of these programs which can be found in Brick, Berkeley, Manchester, Long Beach, Stafford and Toms River townships. Transportation is made available for those who need it.

There are also tips on how to keep your body hydrated, signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, ways to stay cool, precautions to take on hot days, warm weather food care tips and ways to avoid heat related illness.

"The publication also includes information on caring for your pets in hot weather," Vicari said. "Many of our seniors have cats and dogs and its important to make sure attention is paid to the needs of the animal to keep them safe and healthy during warm weather."

"Beat the Heat" also provides information about the Ocean County Office of Emergency Management's "We Care" program which is available for anyone who might be in need of assistance during an emergency. Applications can be obtained at the Office of Emergency Management by calling 1-800-331-8152.

"The summer season is a great time of year to get outdoors and enjoy all that Ocean County has to offer," said Vicari, who also serves as liaison to tourism. "But we also have to realize it's important to know our limits when participating in warm weather activities."

To learn more about how to protect yourself from the heat this summer, the "Beat the Heat" pamphlet is available online at the Ocean County Seniors Services web page at www.co.ocean.nj.us. or by calling Senior Services at (732) 929-2091 for a copy.

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