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The Heat Especially Dangerous For the Elderly

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Members were playing Wii Bowling on Tuesday to stay out of the heat (Source: WBOC) Members were playing Wii Bowling on Tuesday to stay out of the heat (Source: WBOC)
Norman Miller delivers a meal to Jane Herman on Tuesday through the Meals On Wheels program (Source: WBOC) Norman Miller delivers a meal to Jane Herman on Tuesday through the Meals On Wheels program (Source: WBOC)

GEORGETOWN, Del. - At the CHEER Center in Georgetown, the Wii controller was especially popular among the members this week. That's because senior citizens are being advised to stay cautious about spending time outside, with the heat wave continuing for yet another day. 

While some were playing Wii bowling on Tuesday, others were playing cards and drawing. Executive Director for the CHEER Center, Ken Bock, said that it was important that senior citizens stay out of the heat. 

"When you have these periods of excessive heat," he said. "That tends to effect people that have health conditions much more than the general population. So for a lot of our members that have chronic health conditions, particularly respiratory ailments, this heat can have very devastating effects on them." 

Meanwhile, Norman Miller was delivering some food to senior citizens through the Meals on Wheels program. The first stop was to the home of Jane Herman in Georgetown. Herman said the deliveries were especially welcomed when it was this hot outside. 

"It's wonderful to have him come and bring us our food," she said. "I mean he's so cheerful all the time, no matter what kind of weather it is, he's always got a smile face on his face." 

The next stop was also in Georgetown at the home of Judith Cahall. She said she would stay inside until the heat passes.  

"My great-grandson is here," Cahall said. "And he'll lure me out every now and again, but I won't stay too long because I can't breath properly. And I can't compete with a two year old."

The CHEER Center has postponed many outdoor trips, due to the heat wave. That includes a trip they do most years to the Delaware State Fair in Harrington.

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