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Old 04-04-2015, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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For automatic light in a blackout I have a flashlight that is always plugged into a wall socket. If the power goes off or if I remove it from the socket the light automatically comes on. It cost about 4 dollars. It won't solve the O2 problem but will help with being able to avoid bumping into things.
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Old 04-04-2015, 04:24 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Halls and Stairwells Normally have a Battery Powered lights that will "shine" for a few hours. But In Long Outage, they will need to bring in FireDept and/or EMS to evacuate the building once the power is out to long.
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Old 04-04-2015, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Surf City, NC
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They have battery-powered lighting fixtures similar to your flashlight that come on when the power goes out. You've probably seen them in stores and office buildings. They won't last through an extended power outage, but will help people find their way out of the building or to a shelter area.
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Old 04-04-2015, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I am a senior, I pay my own way and do not expect anything special. If I could guess I would say that the ring leader has never worked much in her life, or contributed much of anything to the "system", she is a taker, not a contributor, like so many others.
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Old 04-04-2015, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Oceania
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I certainly hope 95% of those responding never age and need a place to live as those depicted in the OP do. Things are different from this side of the fence. Go wear their shoes for a year or so and watch as your perception changes.
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Old 04-04-2015, 05:56 PM
 
Location: NC
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And that is why, armory, most of us elderly have worked our butts off getting educated and into a long time career so that we could pay our own way. Many of us have given up 'something' in our lives so that we would not be dependent on others to take care of us. Just because someone is older and has 'wants' does not make those things free. Everything is a trade-off.
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Old 04-04-2015, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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So I guess the question would be- are the elderly entitled to more services than the average person? Personally, I think the requests are ridiculous. While I believe that we owe it to our seniors to offer low cost housing alternatives... should they live under better circumstances that the rest of the (full paying) apartment renting population? Are they more entitled than everybody else?
Subsidized housing (by income) exists in many places for people (and families) of all ages, and for the handicapped. It's about income, not age.

And no, having air conditioning in suffocating buildings, and a generator to keep life-saving devices going, is not unreasonable.

Read up on the staggering amounts of corporate welfare, gifts from the taxpayers, lately?
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Old 04-04-2015, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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And no, having air conditioning in suffocating buildings, and a generator to keep life-saving devices going, is not unreasonable.

Read up on the staggering amounts of corporate welfare, gifts from the taxpayers, lately?
Did you even read the OP? The issue is air conditioning the hallways, not the actual apartments in which people live. Every time you encounter someone complaining about a waste of money, you bring up "corporate welfare", which is simply off-topic in this thread. According to that logic, no one could ever discuss wasteful expenditures of money as long as you have an allegedly greater waste to bring up.
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Old 04-04-2015, 06:59 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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People can buy their own window air conditioners and they do not absolutely have to go out into the hallways when it's too hot.

BTW, the people who live in these buildings usually HAVE worked and paid into the system. Maybe they weren't as capable as some other people because not everyone has a high IQ or can obtain the qualifications for a high paying job. Maybe they just did lowly jobs because that's all they could do.

Others ran into bad luck and still others have caused their own problems, such as alcoholism, and in the future, we'll probably be seeing today's drug abusers show up in elderly subsidized housing. I think every older person deserves a good degree of dignity though and I think the places should be decent and well maintained. They're not getting much, it's no country club.
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Old 04-04-2015, 08:03 PM
 
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Did you even read the OP? The issue is air conditioning the hallways, not the actual apartments in which people live. Every time you encounter someone complaining about a waste of money, you bring up "corporate welfare", which is simply off-topic in this thread. According to that logic, no one could ever discuss wasteful expenditures of money as long as you have an allegedly greater waste to bring up.
I did read the original post and ac in hallways may be perfectly reasonable. An 80 year old with COPD and congestive heart failure, using a walker and on oxygen, would be severely impacted by having to go down a 100F (or more - some of those hallways get close to 120F), then face a several-story ride in a hot stuffy elevator, then down more hallways, and finally out into the blazing hot summer's day.

I sure wouldn't want my dad in a place where he would have had to face that every time he needed to get out.

Seriously - telling people to stay in their apartments if the hallway is too hot? REALLY?

Are these hallways unheated as well? Because if they're heated, then there's ductwork, and if there's ductwork, they just need to install an AC unit for the building.

You don't have to cool it down to penguin temps, but at least lets keep it 75F tops.
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