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As healthcare costs and life expectancy ages continue to rise, covering the costs of healthcare as one approaches retirement age can cause an enormous amount of stress, not only for the individual, but sometimes for their family caregivers as well.  Some assume that Medicare will be able to cover the costs, but the reality is Medicare often cannot cover everything an individual might need, especially if in-home health care is needed.  The best way to combat this stress is to start now to create a strategy to save and manage your healthcare in retirement.

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Chances are you, or your loved who you are caring for, has some old, unused, or expired medications in your medicine cabinet or drawer.  It is necessary to pay attention to the expiration dates on all medications as the chemical composition of the medication could have changed or the medicine simply becomes less effective making it unsafe to take, especially when you're counting on the medicines to do what they're supposed to.  Whether it's prescription medication or over the counter medication, there is a right way to dispose of expired medications.

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It's difficult to witness the deterioration of physical or mental abilities in an aging parent, grandparent or other loved one. Whether or not we're well-equipped or prepared, the reality remains that many of us will be tasked with making impactful decisions associated with caring for an elderly loved one.  Since 80 to 90 percent of elderly people would choose to reside in their own homes as long as possible, as opposed to a nursing home or independent care, the new role for elderly caregivers can be challenging.

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Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.  Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer's are 65 and older. But Alzheimer's is not just a disease of old age. Up to 5 percent of people with the disease have early onset Alzheimer's (also known as younger-onset), which often appears when someone is in their 40s or 50s.

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Holidays are a time for spending time with family and friends. It's also a time when people feel the most alone. As caregivers, we understand the need to help others & give back especially during the holidays. Meridian Home Care supports our local community and are committed to providing families the best quality home care possible.

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When families mention assisted living to older adults, many times horror stories are conjured up and it feels like they are being put away. However, once they actually settle into the new community, many times they are surprised by how pleasant it actually is. Read More

Everyone no matter his or her age is at risk for a fall. For younger individuals, a fall can mean simply a cut or a bruise and rarely leads to major complications. However, for elderly people, a fall can be much more catastrophic, leading to bruising, breakages, not being able to get oneself up after, and many more complications.

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Meridian Home Care believes in giving back to our community and is proud to support great causes by participating in health care fundraisers. Please continue reading to find out what we've been up to!

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Highlight:  Meridian Staff Member of the Month – Eric Tucker – CEO Meridian Home Care

Eric has been working in the healthcare industry for over 20 years - first as an optician, then in senior home care.

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With the temperatures starting to climb for the summer months, it becomes more difficult to prepare hot foods, appetites decline, and actions become sluggish.  As we age, our bodies lose their ability to regulate temperature as easily as it used to, so seniors may not realize they’re in danger of heat stroke or other heat-related illness.  Knowing the difference between Heat Exhaustion (need to cool off & rest) and Heat Stroke (life-threatening) to determine if a senior needs immediate medical attention or simply needs help cooling off is vital for a caregiver:

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