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Local senior center ensuring people's safety amid intense heat

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Five Star Senior Center in south St. Louis is providing a cool environment for senior citizens while ensuring their safety during this summer's most brutal heat waves. Credit: KMOV Five Star Senior Center in south St. Louis is providing a cool environment for senior citizens while ensuring their safety during this summer's most brutal heat waves. Credit: KMOV
SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

Five Star Senior Center in south St. Louis is providing a cool environment for senior citizens while ensuring their safety during this summer's most brutal heat waves.

"It's a place for them to come out and get out of those hot houses, brick ovens we call them we have here in St. Louis," said Michael Howard of Five Star Senior Center.

The center also delivers more than 300 meals a day to senior's homes in South City, and while workers are there, they check to ensure those receiving meals have enough fans or are in need of an air conditioner.

Even when they're in dangerous conditions, it's not always easy to get seniors to leave their homes.

"Oh my goodness, yes, they'll say 'I'm fine, I'm fine,' you can be in the house and just know, if it's uncomfortable for you to be there you know it's uncomfortable for them," said Howard.

Another problem many people face in a heatwave concerns their medications.

Prescriptions for diabetes, heart disease, and allergies can affect the way the body sweats which is needed to cool down.

"If you're on heart medications, diuretics known as water pills, those medications will actually make you urinate more or pee more and then you don't have fluid in you to sweat," said Howard. 

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