Elderly find cool places to beat the heat
There are many seniors who have health issues do not have air conditioning units and do not have places to go to cool off. The Turner/Surles Center is a refuge from the heat. Most communities have a place like this, but not every senior knows they can come.
Vera Miller said she has been at the center since the doors opened. She said anyone is allowed to come and stay as long as they want to until the center closes.
M.C. Taylor said he has been coming to the cent for about three years.
"I just like the people that come and the friendship and card games and everything we do," said Taylor.
It's important for seniors to have a place to go. Some older people may not even realize that they need more water in the summer. In addition to dehydration most older kidneys aren't as good at keeping fluids in the system.
Many seniors take a lot of medications - some can impair sweating and enable the heart to pump faster in case of an emergency.
Taylor said the center is a blessing during extreme temperatures.
"A few people who come here don't have air conditioning, I'm sure. But it's great to have an air conditioned place; when I walk in that door I feel that cool air and it's nice," said Taylor.
For so many people it's not just a matter of beating the heat, but also getting a healthy, nutritious meal, which they can get here - everyday - for a small donation.
"It's just a nice place to come where it's cool. It's a nice place to come play cards. It's a nice place to come to communicate with other people", said Dorene Hannah.
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