Elderly try to stay cool

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As this heat wave continues, people are turning to local agencies to stay safe and cool.

Ileen Rozich is one who is doing her best to avoid the rising temperatures and humidity.

“I can’t breathe,” she said. “It’s too humid. I just can’t do it.”

Rozich said she relies on the Girard Multi-Generational Center to keep her cool.

“I don’t have central air,” she said. “All I have is air in one bedroom. So you can’t stay in the bedroom all the time. You have to go to the kitchen to get food. So I’m really glad I stay up here.”

Officials at the center said it’s a good idea for seniors to get out of their homes and go to places like the multi-generational center for their physical and mental health.

“We want people to socialize, interact,” said Judith Signoriello with the center. “We want them to disengage.”

While more seniors visit the center in the hot weather, more people also head to agencies like MYCAP looking for relief from the heat.

Each day, anywhere from 60 to 100 people go to the office on Youngstown’s North Side for the HEAP Summer Crisis Program. They need to be at or below 175 percent of the poverty level and bring 90 days of income, gas and electric bills, a photo identification, social security cards and medical documentation for the air conditioning.

“As long as they meet income requirements they can get a payment of $175 on their electric bill and-or they can get an air conditioning unit if they haven’t received one in the last three years,” said MYCAP Energy Services Manager Summer Blakeny.

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