KEEPING THE AGING ACTIVE

Senior Living Clip

Senior Services for Meridian Residences

By Michelle Ochsner

With the number of seniors increasing in the Meridian area one can’t help but wonder about the support system the community has. Issues such as social, health, and nutrition are a growing concern for many in the area who are approaching their twilight years.

The quality of relationships Meridian develops with this vastly growing population is vital to their survival. As unhappy as seniors are when their life is disrupted by age, we should be just as distressed when our elderly suffer abandonment.

Here are some resources for the seniors in our community.

CENTER AT THE PARK (THE MERIDIAN SENIOR CENTER)

http://www.meridianseniorscenter.com

1920 North Records Way                                                                                                       Meridian, Idaho 83646
208-888-5555

This nonprofit organization has developed a 13,800 square foot facility in Julius M. Kleiner Park off Fairview across from the Meridian Cross Roads. The center offers daily activities such as bingo, and art classes. Transportation is provided to home-bound seniors for lunches served Monday through Friday at noon. On Wednesdays after lunch, seniors can grocery shop at Albertsons on Ten Mile Rd. Please call the reception desk between 8 am and 9:30 am for the transportation schedule.

“Volunteers are also encouraged to contact the center to aid with education, recreation, information and help to seniors, and encourages volunteering and opportunities for life enhancement programs,” Center at the Park.

SHOPKO PHARMACY

3499 E Fairview Ave                                                                                                                      Meridian, Idaho 83646                                                                                                                    208-884-0294

The pharmacy will not only fill those scripts in a timely manner, but they will also deliver them to your door or put them in the mail free of charge! Now that’s service the seniors of Meridian can count on.

ISU-MERIDIAN HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER

IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY FAMILY DENTISTRY

Delta Dental of Idaho Dental Residency Clinic at ISU-Meridian                                                             1311 E. Central Drive Meridian, Idaho 83642                                                                                                     208-373-1855

http://www.isu.edu/meridian/family_dentistry.shtml

ISU Family Dentistry provides dental care for everyone especially those with limited funds.

ISU COMMUNITY HEALTH SCREENINGS

208-373-1700

Provided for adults with no health insurance at various locations throughout the Treasure Valley. Please call for a location nearest you.

Screenings take place from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and patients should plan about an hour. Services included:

  • Basic physical exams (including blood pressure, medication review, & foot care)
  • Oral/Dental evaluation
  • Depression & alcohol screening
  • Flu Shots (Based on availability)
  • Hearing screenings
  • Mammogram referrals
  • On-site testing for blood sugar levels, and HIV

MEALS ON WHEELS

Home Delivery 208-908-4990

Meridian Senior Center 208-888-5555

Volunteer Program 208-489-4886

To help end senior hunger, Meals on Wheels is an organization that’s supported by volunteers. Programs serve meals at locations such as senior centers. Home deliveries are available for those seniors who have limited mobility.

Idaho Care Line

Dial 211

For other services in the area offered to seniors.

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