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)
1920 North Records Way Meridian, Idaho 83646
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.
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
ISU Family Dentistry provides dental care for everyone especially those with limited funds.
ISU COMMUNITY HEALTH SCREENINGS
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
For other services in the area offered to seniors.