Independence Day is celebrated with picnics, parades, and fireworks. At Bristol Elder Services, Inc. (Bristol), independence is celebrated every day, as we work to provide elders and disabled individuals with the services and support they need to remain in their own homes and communities.
In existence for over 40 years, Bristol continues to expand our programs and services in greater Attleboro, Fall River, and Taunton. As the focal point for innovative action, we have a proven record of providing and advocating for community based services that promote independence and dignity for elders and disabled individuals.
In order to continue our mission to help people improve their quality of life, we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses for support. We ask that you consider a donation to our Annual Appeal. Your contribution will help:
- Fill the gap between the cost of home delivered meals and the funding allocation, enabling us to avoid a waiting list.
- Offer information (including referral services) to individuals and/or their caregivers.
- Conduct group educational programs as well as one-on-one needs assessments for caregivers.
- Provide low and no cost evidence based programs that teach individuals self care.
Please make a commitment to support us and become part of the community that celebrates elder independence.
Checks, made payable to Bristol Elder Services, Inc. can be mailed to:
Bristol Elder Services, Inc.
c/o Development Department
1 Father DeValles Boulevard
Fall River, MA 02723
To donate using a credit card, use the Donate button to the left.
Tips for Avoiding Heat Stroke & Exhaustion
Hot weather is dangerous, and seniors are particularly prone to its threat. The ability to notice changes in body temperature decreases with age, and many seniors have underlying health conditions that make them less able to adapt to heat. Certain medications can contribute to dehydration as well.
Below are some guidelines for keeping safe in hot weather:
- Drink Plenty of Liquids: Dehydration is the root of many heat related health problems. Drink plenty of water or juice, even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcoholic or caffeinated drinks, as they can contribute to dehydration.
- Wear Appropriate Clothes: There’s an old Swedish saying, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.” When it’s hot outside, wear light-colored, lightweight, loose-fitting clothes and a wide-brimmed hat.
- Stay Indoors During Midday Hours: The best time to run errands or be outdoors is before 10:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m., when the temperature tends to be cooler.
- Take it Easy: Avoid exercise and strenuous activity, particularly outdoors, when it’s very hot.
- Watch the Humidity: When there is lots of moisture in the air (high humidity), the body’s ability to cool itself through sweating is impaired.
- Know the Warning Signs of Heat-related Illness: Dizziness, nausea, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, fainting, and breathing problems are all warnings signs that you should seek help immediately.