Cold weather on a fixed income - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Cold weather on a fixed income

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - For many residents on a fixed income, affording the costs that come along with the cold weather can be near impossible. One group in particular who could see a financial hardship is the elderly.

As the temperatures goes down the thermostat goes up, along with your utility bill.

"This cold weather that is coming in, the elderly in the parish, I can't stress enough, for family members to take care of your parents, take care of your grand parents," said Toni Caraway with the Calcasieu Council on Aging.

The Council on Aging would like to meet all of the demand in Calcasieu parish, but it is just not possible without help from family members. One good thing is that the power companies will turn off your power, and leave you in the cold if you have trouble paying the bill. 

The Council on Aging is an organization that receives much of its funding from donations from individuals and businesses from with in the community. That money goes to help the elderly. But what you might not know, is that you can make a donation just by paying your Entergy bill.

It is called "Power to Care", and for every dollar you put in, Entergy will match it. Senior citizens can apply with the Council on Aging to have three utility bills paid each year, a service that comes in handy during the winter season.

"Customers can donate, and employees can donate for utility assistance for senior citizens," said Sheila Pounders with Entergy.

85 year old Exmae Moreaux recently experienced a mild stroke, and is recovering well. While she does not need help paying the heating bill, she takes advantage of the "Meals on Wheels program offered through the Council on Aging. 

"Bringing the lunch is everything. It helps a lot of people. It helps me a lot," said Exmae Moreaux.

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