Elders cool off in air-conditioned comfort at Springfield senior center

Hampden County

Many western Massachusetts senior citizens escaped Monday’s heat by spending time at their nearby senior center.

At the Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center in Springfield, the men and women settled in for a healthy day of activities in air-conditioned comfort.

It’s what attracted the man in whose honor the senior center is named, former State Representative Raymond Jordan.

“Now because it’s cool inside here, the camaraderie that’s developed here, outstanding people, I haven’t seen in a long time,” Jordan told 22News.

Staying home alone is not an option for retired Springfield Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Keough. The 91-year-old knows how to beat the heat in style.

“I’m kind of an exercise nut,” said Keough. “I come over for the exercise. There’s an exercise room here that has everything.”

Seniors in Ware also took advantage of what their senior center offered them on a stifling hot day.

“You’re with people, you’re with people you like, you sit around and talk, you talk politics,” said Harold Piche of Ware.

Not surprisingly, senior center personnel counted more than the usual number of visitors who chose to stay out of the heat in the company of like-minded senior citizens

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