KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Recent heat may have already taken its first life of the year. The Kansas City Health Department tweeted Tuesday that the medical examiner suspects a woman in her late 60's may have died from heat-related causes. It's up to the medical examiner's office to rule on the official cause of death.
Project ElderCool is one metro program that aims to prevent such deaths. The Bishop Sullivan Center provides window air-conditioning units to seniors 65 years or older who currently live in a home without air conditioning.
Project ElderCool launched in 2000. Since then more than 4,000 window air conditioners have been installed in elderly homes across the Kansas City metro area. The Bishop Sullivan Center says the program has all but eliminated heat related deaths among the elderly in Kansas City.
In 1980, 157 heat related deaths were reported compared to 21 in 2000.
The Bishop Sullivan Center is located at 6435 Truman Road in Kansas City, Missouri. To learn more about the ElderCool Program or to see if you or someone you know qualifies visit <http://www.bishopsullivan.org/about_us/contact_us.aspx> or call 816-231-0984.