Helping senior citizens fight cold weather

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - For many seniors in our area, just putting on an extra layer isn't enough to fight off the cold.

Many seniors can be at high risk when the temperature drops. (WJHG/WECP)

"Oh my goodness with wind chills like it is now, it just aches my bones I tell you," said Panama City resident Edna Robins.

Some local seniors are concerned about their health with the temperature dropping.

They want to make sure friends, family and neighbors are looking out for them.

"Flus and pneumonias and all different types of things are going on right now so we just need to be protected, someone needs to watch over us," said Henrietta Barnes, a Panama City resident.

When the thermometer drops, officials with the Bay County Council on Aging tell us seniors are at higher risk.

"So many seniors have medical problems and take medications that may affect their ability to handle the cold or may affect their ability to react to the cold," said Council on Aging CEO, Beth Couliette.

But the Council on Aging has some warming resources.

"We also have heaters here for senior adults who live alone or live with another senior," said Couliette.

Those who are still living in Hurricane Michael damaged homes are at even greater risk, so officials and other seniors in the community are making sure we all do our part to protect our older folks.

"Checking on one another? Oh yeah, we have to do that," said Barnes.

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