Keep an eye on elderly neighbors during cold snap

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COLUMBUS. Ohio (WCMH) – As temperatures drop, one local agency is asking people to keep a close eye on senior citizens.  The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging says this week they are making calls to seniors and doing house checks to make sure they’re ok. 

Freezing temperatures could mean problems for Central Ohio senior citizens.  Kristopher Oest with the agency said seniors are greatly affected by cold temps.

“If heat goes out, they’re older, they’re frailer. They tend to get colder easily so we want to make sure they blankets, space heaters,” said Oest.

Oest is asking everyone to check on seniors. 

The agency’s goal is to make sure seniors are connected with services that will help keep them living in their homes and communities.  Oest says he’s seen problems arise during cold weather.

“A lot of seniors are dependent on oxygen or insulin or insulin that’s in the refrigerator and if their power goes out that’s one of the issues we find. How are they going to use their oxygen how is their medication going to be stored,” said Oest.

He says calls are nice, but it’s better to just go know on the door.  Go grocery shopping for them. Make sure they are safe.

He believes often seniors are forgotten about, and he wants to change that and he says you can too.

“It feels really good to be able to be a part of people’s lives. Going into their homes and help them achieve that,” said Oest.

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