As a community leader and advocate, the Alliance on Aging provides services and resources to address the challenges and opportunities of aging
ALERT: SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER
Click here to read full alert from the Monterey County Health Department effective March 16 to April 8.
- Frequently asked questions in English and Spanish.
- Tips for older adults during this crisis, click here.
- COVID-19: Preparing for Emergencies. English or Spanish.
- Seniors in need of transportation, click here.
- Resources for Deaf & Hard of Hearing: click here.
OUR OFFICES ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC: March 16 to April 8, 2020
In light of the current COVID-19 crisis and the recent Shelter-In-Place order, the Alliance on Aging is temporarily closing our offices in Salinas and the Monterey to the general public from March 16 to April 8. However, we are continuing to assist our clients via telephone and email on the following programs:
- HICAP/Medicare — for medicare counseling.
- Transportation assistance — for taxi voucher enrollment (65)+ and bus passes.
- Benefits Checkup — for enrollment or questions about CalFresh and low income subsidy.
- Ombudsman — for problems of residents of nursing homes and residential care facilities.
- Senior Peer Counseling — for counseling via phone appointment.
We will continue to support you during this time. Should you have any question, please call (831) 655-1334 or (831) 758.4011.
During this time of uncertainty about the Coronavirus, many seniors are falling prey to scams (most recent: men dressed in white hazardous uniforms posing as COVID-19 test crews). For more scam examples, click here. If you are concerned that you might be a subject of a scam, click here.
FOOD RESOURCES FOR SENIORS
Home delivered meals for home bound seniors. For many home bound seniors, access to a nutritious meal is extremely important. Meals on Wheels (two locations: in Monterey and Salinas) are continuing their services for these seniors. For more information, click on:
- Meals on Wheels: Monterey
- Meals on Wheels: SALINAS: (New) Effective Monday, March 30th, MOW is providing a luncheon delivery service for seniors who are “Sheltering in Place” and are unable to shop/cook. Service is for new senior clients living in Salinas. Delivery: M-F (11:30am-1:30pm). Clients will receive one locally prepared meal every day. Call: (831) 758-6325.
- (Salinas): Salvation Army is offering pickup meals for seniors. Call (831) 443-9655 ext. 2900.
- (Marina): Food distribution for seniors on Tuesdays (2pm 4pm) at the Los Arboles Middle school Parking Lot.
- (Marina): CHISPA has set up both Meals on Wheels and hard goods for all residents at Marina Manor and The Jensey Oaks. Additionally, gift cards available for seniors at Grocery Outlet for those who may need them.
(UPDATED): Senior Shopping Hours
To assist seniors to be able to purchase groceries and other essentials items, many stores have designated special senior hours, usually just before store opening. For a listing of stores that have senior hours:
- Food Bank of Monterey County: Will continue M-F. Locations/time.
- Prunedale Senior Center: Food bag distribution will continue on Thursdays for Grey Bears, veteran seniors.
PHARMACIES: Home Delivery/Curb Side Pickup
In need of medicines and refills? Many pharmacies are now offering home delivery and curbside pickup. For a list of pharmacies that provide home delivery/curbside pickup, see below. Please note that there might be delays with home delivery given the current demand.
TriCare: Please call your pharmacy to request mail order or ask your doctor to submit prescription mail order pharmacy.
- Veterans Administration: mail prescriptions is an option. Call the VA 650-493-5000 or clicking here.
Online grocery/curbside delivery:
Want to save time and avoid long lines? Try online grocery shopping. Many local stores are offering grocery delivery to your door or have groceries ready for you for curb side pickup. For instructions and listing of online stores:
- MONTEREY: Stores offering home deliveries/curb side pickup
- SALINAS: Stores offering home deliveries/curb side pickup
RESOURCES & TIPS: For Families With Loved Ones in Nursing Homes
Concerned about your loved ones living in long-term care facilities for seniors being mistreated, abused or neglected? Alliance on Aging’s Ombudsmen can help. Ombudsmen are state certified individuals who resolve the problems of residents of nursing homes and residential care facilities for the elderly. Click here for how we can help. Additional resources:
TRANSPORTATION: For Seniors
- Senior Shuttles: Call at least 24 hours in advance. 1-888-678-2871
- For a list of all cancelled bus routes, click here.
- For bus services that are in operation, click here.
- Other transportation options during this crisis, click here.
COVID-19: Coping with Mental Health
The constant news cycle about COVID-19 coupled with social distancing measures can have a real impact on a person’s mental health. A person may feel anxious or worried while listening, reading or watching the news. It’s important during times like these to monitor your own physical and mental health.
- Need to talk to someone for moral support? Our AOA peer counselors are here to help. Click here for how they can help you.
- Monterey Co Behavioral Health Resources: English or Spanish.
TAX SITES: CLOSED & UPDATES ON EXTENSIONS
The Alliance on Aging is temporarily closing all of our TAX PREP sites and tax activities throughout the Monterey County March 16th to April 8th. Updates will be posted in our website on a regular basis. Questions? Please call (831) 655-1334 for info.
- Click here for latest updates on filing extensions.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced early in March that Medicare will cover coronavirus testing. All COVID-19 tests ordered by your doctor or health care provider will be covered under Medicare Part B as a diagnostic laboratory test, and there will be no out-of-pocket costs. Coverage can be back dated to February 4, 2020, and providers must wait until April 1, 2020 to submit their bills to Medicare.
Covered California Extends Enrollment, Plans To Offer Free COVID-19 Testing
Effective immediately, Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace, will extend its special enrollment period (scheduled to end April 30) to June 30 to ensure that anyone who is uninsured and eligible can sign up.
Coverage begins on the first day of the following month after a person chooses a plan. Some people may also be eligible for no-cost or low-cost Medi-Cal, which becomes effective right away after signing up online.
- For more information, click here.
County Services for Seniors Will Continue
- For more info about their essential services, click: ENGLISH or SPANISH.
- For additional resources: 211 Search
HEALTH ALERT: COVID-19 AND SENIORS
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a warning for older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease) who are at a higher risk of getting very sick from Coronavirus COVID-19. The virus is spreading easily and is sustainable in the community. For additional information about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself, here are some useful information:
- For facts about COVID-19. Click here for ENGLISH or SPANISH.
- What happens if I get sick with COVID-19? Info in ENGLISH or SPANISH.
- Frequently asked questions about COVID-19.
- How is Monterey County preparing for the impacts of COVID-19?
- CDC resources and factsheets.
Our store in Pacific Grove, CA will be closed March 16 – April 8. Thank you for your support!