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Checking on elderly family important during hot summer months

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With temperatures reaching the 90's this week, the elderly can be in danger of getting overheated if they aren't taking the right steps to stay cool.

Bob Brueggeman has been delivering for Meals On Wheels for three years now in Quincy and says over the years he's gotten to know the people on his route very well.

Brueggeman says he does more than just deliver meals to those who need it. He checks on the well-being of the elderly on his route, especially when temperatures shoot up in the summer months.

"You just turn around and see if it's too hot in there for them. As long as they got an air conditioner or fans going or something," said Brueggeman.

One woman who he delivers to is Carolyn Baldwin. Baldwin says she appreciates when Brueggeman stops by to deliver her meals and check on her.

"He is always right on time," said Brueggeman.

Brenda Fleming, Director of the West Central Illinois Case Coordination, says it's important that someone is stopping by to make sure the elderly person in your life is not in danger of overheating.

"If your family member is fairly alert and oriented, you can call them and make sure they're okay," Fleming said. "If there is a question whether they are okay or not please go check on them at least everyday."

Fleming says it's important to remember that as people age, their preferences change.

"Most seniors don't like it as cool as we do. Make sure that they have plenty of water. If they don't have air conditioning that they do have ventilation and do have a fan," said Fleming. 

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