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Volunteers Check on Seniors During Heat Wave

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DOVER, Del. - Tuesday was another hazy, hot and humid day across Delmarva. The 90-degree temperatures can be dangerous and even deadly for some senior citizens.

Bill Seufert spent the hot day Tuesday delivering hot meals to seniors in Dover.

His main concern was not what was on the menu, but rather how his clients are dealing with the heat.

Seufert's 28th delivery for the day led him to Harley Davidson.

"We try to check and make sure that the air conditioner is on, and that there is some kind of air. A lot of these people will sit in the heat and won't know if they're being overcome," said Seufert.

Davidson's home was cool. Davidson says he appreciates volunteers checking on him.

"It's a booster. It breaks the monotony instead of sitting here alone all the time," said Davidson.

Seufert volunteers for the Modern Maturity Center's Meals on Wheels program. The center also serves as a cooling center.

"If they don't like to stay at home and run their own air conditioner they are welcome to come here. We keep it nice and cool. There's lots of activities for them to do," said Kate Lyons, Deputy Director of the Modern Maturity Center in Dover.

Davidson has to stay cool due to his failing health, and says he enjoys conversation.

"A lot of times, you're the only people that they see," said Seufert.

Seufert said that is why he volunteers to make sure seniors stay safe during this heat wave.

According to Bayhealth Medical Center officials in Dover, emergency room doctors recently treated elderly patients with respiratory illnesses due to the heat.

Health officials and volunteers like Seufert encourage everyone to check on their elderly neighbors during this heat wave. 

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