New Air Conditioners for Region 8 Elderly

July 29, 2003 - Posted at: 8:41 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, Ark. -- The hot temperatures can really wear on people, especially the elderly.

The East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging is doing its part to keep our senior citizens cool. Last Friday, the agency received a $3,000 grant from the State Attorney General's Office.

"That purchased some twenty-eight air conditioners that will be placed over a twelve county area," said Executive Director Ed Doman.

The air conditioners will help bring relief from the heat to elderly people in Region 8. Attorney General Mike Beebe was in Jonesboro on Tuesday to celebrate the occasion.

"(I'm here) to give a great pat on the back to the Area Agency folks," said Beebe. "They don't get enough money, but they don't do it for the money, they do it because they like to help people."

The grant was helpful in meeting that need.

"That just barely scratches the surface of those who are really needy out there," said Beebe. "The Area Agency is the best source to determine eligibility and who the folks are that need it the worst."

Periodic home visits by the Agency helps determine who qualifies of assistance.

Seventy-three year-old Louise Priest of Jonesboro is a deserving recipient of one of the 28 air conditioners. Priest's was installed Monday night.

"We tried it, and it worked, it really helped," said Priest. "Of course it's been cooler today and we haven't used it much today, but I've got a feeling I'm going to now."