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Volunteers help elderly residents stay safe during heat wave

The Mid-South is in the middle of a heat wave, but a group of volunteers is helping Shelby County's senior citizens stay safe. The Mid-South is in the middle of a heat wave, but a group of volunteers is helping Shelby County's senior citizens stay safe.

(WMC-TV) - A big part of making sure everyone survives the Mid-South heat is checking on your neighbors and family members especially those who are most susceptible to these hot temperatures.

The Shelby County Senior Services has an all volunteer staff. The group says the only thing residents have to do is request its services and volunteers will make a visit.

Throughout the year, volunteers with Shelby County Senior Services check on dozens of elderly residents around the Mid-South.

Lenora Davidson is 85-year-old and looks forward to her weekly Wednesday visits, especially when the temperatures are sweltering.

"If she doesn't answer when I call, I'm coming," said Bobbie Studdard.

He's been keeping an eye on Davidson's health and safety needs for nearly 10 years.

Studdard said he provides tips to many of the residents he visits. For example, he says they should always keep their drapes or mini-blinds closed during the hottest point of the day. After all, where there's sunlight, there will be more heat. He also advises against the continuous use of your air conditioner.

"I'm not saying turn it off, just turn it lower," he said. "Use a fan to help circulate the air."

Volunteers with Shelby County Senior Services are always just a phone call away.

"If they feel like they're getting light headed or nauseated, or things like that due to the heat, they need to know who they can call," said Studdard.

But the visits don't just benefit the residents. Studdard said they're also a blessing for him.

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