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Local organizations help protect older Iowans from the heat

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

There are a couple of organizations in Cedar Rapids that help protect older Iowans on hot days, because they are more prone to heat stroke.

Meals on Wheels provides meals and does routine checks everyday for house bound people in the community,

they say there are certain signs to look for when checking on older Iowans.

 "If they seem a little bit off, just with further conversation you can find out a little bit more, if they're feeling dizzy, if they've felt nauseous," says Anna Ronnebaum from Meals on Wheels.

On hot days, the routine checks get more in depth.

 "With the heat there's just added checks, we want to make sure that they're not feeling nauseous, that they have a fan or air conditioning for them, they're drinking plenty of water," she said.

The Salvation Army also helps protect older Iowans from the heat.

"Warm days like this we'll keep the doors unlocked so that people can come in, up until 4:30 when we close down for the day," said Lia Pontarelli, the Director of Communications at the Salvation Army.

People  of all ages take advantage of the cooling center, the Salvation Army tells us many Older Iowans enjoy the cool air there.

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