The warming centers are located at Illinois Department of Human
Services (IDHS) offices throughout the state. IDHS warming centers
are open to the public during regular business hours, Monday through
Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The DHS office in Logan County
is located at 1550 4th Street, phone number (217) 735-2306.
Governor Quinn and the Illinois Department on Aging are also
encouraging relatives and friends to make daily visits or calls to
older adults living alone.
Older persons are more susceptible to the cold, so seniors should
set their thermostats above 65 degrees. People who lower the
thermostat to reduce heating bills risk developing hypothermia, a
potentially fatal condition in which the body temperature drops
dangerously low. Also at an increased risk are older people who take
certain medications, drink alcohol, lack proper nutrition and who
have conditions such as arthritis, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and
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The following are some tips that seniors are encouraged to do to
best handle cold temps:
- Dress in layers, both indoors and outdoors. Keep active.
Make a list of exercises and activities to do indoors when you
can’t get out.
- Eat well and drink 10 glasses of water daily; Stock up on
non-perishable food supplies, just in case.
- Keep extra medications in the house. If this is not
possible, make arrangements to have someone pick up and deliver
To find a warming center near you, call the IDHS hotline at
(800) 843-6154 or visit
[Illinois Department of Human