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Beat the Heat and Stay Cool with Virginia's Senior Cool Care Program

Dominion Enerty Senior Program

Summer's here, and with it comes scorching temperatures that can be especially dangerous for older adults. Staying cool is crucial for maintaining health and well-being. But for some seniors on a fixed income, affording air conditioning can be a challenge. 


Here at Senior Advocate, we want to ensure all Virginia seniors have a safe and comfortable summer. That's why we're highlighting the fantastic Senior Cool Care Program, a lifesaver for many low-income older adults. 


What is the Senior Cool Care Program?


This program, sponsored by Dominion Energy and administered by the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), provides eligible seniors with free fans, window air conditioners, or portable air conditioners. This crucial assistance helps seniors stay cool and avoid heat-related illnesses during the summer months. 


Who is Eligible?


To be eligible for the Senior Cool Care Program, you must meet the following criteria:


  • Be a Virginia resident age 60 or older

  • Live within Dominion Energy's service area

  • Meet income eligibility requirements (generally at or below 150% of the poverty level)

  • Need additional cooling assistance in your home


How to Apply:


The program is administered locally by Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs). Check out this online directory of AAAs or call 1-800-552-3402 to connect with the AAA serving your area.


Stay Cool and Stay Safe This Summer:


Don't let the heat steal your summer joy!  If you are a Virginia senior struggling to stay cool, the Senior Cool Care Program can help.  Contact your local AAA today to learn more and apply. 


Here are some additional tips for staying cool this summer:


  1. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you don't feel thirsty.

  2. Limit Time Outdoors: Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, especially during peak heat hours (typically 10 am to 4 pm).

  3. Wear Light Clothing: Opt for loose-fitting, breathable clothing made from natural fibers like cotton.

  4. Take Cool Showers or Baths: A refreshing dip can help lower your body temperature.

  5. Spend Time in Air-Conditioned Places:  Libraries, shopping malls, and senior centers can offer cool respite on scorching days.


Senior Advocate is dedicated to your well-being.  We hope this information helps you stay cool and healthy this summer!


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