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Knowing when seniors need help

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Waterloo (KWWL) - A service that helps Iowa seniors live independently is expanding.

The Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging is expanding its Carrier Alert program. When a resident registers with Carrier Alert, a visual reminder is placed inside or near their mailbox. Letter carriers keep an eye out for signals of distress like accumulating mail, lights on during the day, pets crying, drawn drapes, or no tracks in the snow. When a carrier notes something unusual, they report it.

"We have a lot of elderly people who are alone living alone trying to remain independent in their own homes and it provides them another resource for security," said Jeanne Burns, Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging.

Carrier Alert has been credited with saving the lives of thousands of people across the country.

Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging has partnered with several post offices within its ten county service area. The communities offering Carrier Alert include Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Evansdale, La Porte City, Raymond, Gilbertville, Sumner, Waverly, Independence, Dumont, Reinbeck, Grundy Center, Eldora, Marshalltown, and Traer.

For more information about this program or to register, call the Senior Help Line at 319-272-1767 or toll free at 1-877-538-0508.

 

Online Producer: Maria Magner

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