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Keeping older Iowans safe in the summer heat

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Every year thousands of Americans are hospitalized from heat related illnesses. As the temperatures rise the elderly are particularly vulnerable to the hot weather.

The Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on aging in Waterloo is doing its part to keep older Iowans safe. It provides fans to those in need and it also has two healthy lifestyle centers open in Black Hawk that are air conditioned.

They also recommend a few simple steps that you can follow.

"What we encourage for people to do. As we talk to them on the phone is to check on their neighbors, check on their family members that they know maybe affected by the extreme heat temperatures," said Jeanne Burns of the Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging.

This agency also partnered with the post office and National Association of Letter Carriers. The program is called "Carry Alert." When notified postal carriers will keep an eye on elderly people who live on their route. If something seems out of the ordinary they will notify the proper

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