CASA worried of 'long, cold winter' for elderly

Published: Nov. 17, 2014 at 8:18 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 at 8:18 PM CST
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Utility assistance does not begin until January. (Source: WAFF file)
Utility assistance does not begin until January. (Source: WAFF file)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - With cold temperatures hitting earlier than usual this season, Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound (CASA) Executive Director Ann Anderson said she is worried the elderly will have to deal with the cold for much longer than usual.

Anderson said utility assistance does not begin until January, and temperatures have already dipped into the 20s.

CASA is urging all elderly people to wear lots of layers and stay inside unless absolutely necessary.

"There's not much utility assistance right now, but you can do other things like layering and wear scarves and getting a blanket," Anderson said.

CASA is always accepting donations, especially blankets, coats and other warm clothes.

"I'm just afraid it's going to be a long, cold winter," Anderson said. "We're just going to have to be better prepared for it. And look out for each other. That's all it is is looking out for our neighbors."

To donate, you can call CASA at 256-533-7775 or visit their website.

Anderson also provided ways anyone, not just the elderly, can decrease the heating bill and still stay comfortable.

  • Wear layers
  • Turn off vents in unused rooms, close doors to those rooms
  • If you feel a draft from doors or windows, cover the gap with a blanket or tape
  • Keep curtains on windows open during the day and closed at night
  • Set thermostats between 60-65 degrees. The lower it is set, the more money you save.

For more local information and referrals, you can always dial 211.

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