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Relief from the heat for senior citizens

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Summer has arrived! And so has the heat and humidity.  While most of us enjoy the summer weather, older adults are more vulnerable than the general population to the extreme heat. Some of the reasons older people are more prone to heat stress include the lack of ability to adjust to sudden changes in temperature, chronic medical conditions that upset normal body responses to heat, and prescription medications impairing the body's ability to regulate temperature. 

Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging has a cool alternative for older adults to escape the heat.  Seniors can stop by one of Hawkeye Valley's 17 Senior Centers and enjoy a nutritious meal as well as daily activities such as bingo, Wii games, card games, special presentations, and movies. 

"We want to make sure the older people in the area are safe and have a place where they can go to cool down on these extremely hot days," said Sally Myers, Associate Director of Program Services. "We are also encouraging the community to take some time to visit elderly neighbors to check if they are showing signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke."

According to the CDC the signs and symptoms of a heat stroke include extremely high body temperature (above 103¢ªF); red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating); rapid, strong pulse; throbbing headache; dizziness; and nausea.  Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, fainting, cool moist skin, fast and weak pulse, and fast and shallow breathing.

Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging has Senior Centers located in Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Chickasaw, Hardin, Grundy, Buchanan, Marshall, Tama and Poweshiek Counties.  Meals are available daily on a contribution basis for those aged 60 and over, otherwise the cost is $6 for those under 60.  Meal times vary per location. Meal reservations need to be placed by 9 a.m. each morning. For more information about Hawkeye Valley services or senior center locations visit www.hvaaa.org or call the Senior Help Line at 877-538-0508.

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt

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