Monday July 22, 2013

ELIZABETH CONKEY

Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- The summer months and their astronomical temperatures can be more than unpleasant for the elderly. They can be deadly.

To combat these temperatures and to reduce the elderly’s risk of heatstroke, Emeritus at Fillmore Pond in Bennington recently launched, "The Shade Brigade," an initiative aimed at helping Bennington’s seniors remain cool and hydrated throughout the next few months.

Fillmore Pond’s community relations director, Jennifer Hill, will be making daily house visits to local seniors who may not be able to leave their homes.

She will bring coolers with cold juice, water and popsicles, all free of charge.

"Basically I just pop in and make sure they’re okay," said Hill. "It’s a great program and so important, especially with the weather we’ve been having lately."

Hill explained that the program, which is an extension of Emeritus’ "Safely Somewhere" program, which helps to ensure all area seniors are safe wherever they are, will run through September.

Any family members of elderly locals are encouraged to contact Hill to schedule a time for her to visit their home. She can be reached at 802-447-7000.

Contact Elizabeth Conkey at econkey@benningtonbanner.com. Follow her on Twitter @bethconkey.