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Valle: Seniors feel heat relief at York Township

Summer heat waves are common in the month of August, so please remember that York Township Hall at 1502 S. Meyers Road is an official cooling center for senior citizens.

Seniors who need relief from the heat can stay in our air-conditioned auditorium, open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. If there is an event or class going on in the auditorium, please be discreet. Either join in or find a comfy chair in the hallway until the event is over.

I want to remind everyone that all senior citizens should take extra precautions during heat waves and are advised to stay in air-conditioned spaces at least several hours during the daytime. On extra-hot days, anyone without air conditioning should take refuge with family or friends whose homes are cooled. Other alternatives are public buildings such as libraries, park districts, shopping malls and, of course, York Township Hall.

And, Township Hall is much more than a cooling center for seniors. In addition to our senior nutrition programs, York Township Senior Center provides a variety of activities and services for senior citizens in order to help improve their quality of life.

Our members enjoy weekly bridge and pinochle games, woodcarving, yoga, art classes, beginner and advanced line dancing, tai chi class and Yuan Ji Chinese dance.

Services for our seniors include a barber, beautician, income tax preparation, and twice monthly free blood pressure checks as well as free Internet access in our library. We offer many one-day trips to local sights and attractions and we also host in house parties. Almost every Tuesday, there is a free movie along with free popcorn. We also sponsor many informational seminars, and offer referrals and services, including legal aid, rules of the road, and mature driving classes.

We help our seniors with applications for assistance programs such as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Benefit Access Program, Senior Health Insurance Programs, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

We publish the Senior Sun Newsletter 10 times a year and it lets our senior members know all the activities we have going on.

For more information or for questions on our programs and services, feel free to contact the Senior Center at 630-620-2424.

John W. Valle is supervisor of York Township.

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