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WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU via PHONE OR EMAIL

During this Shelter-In-Place COVID-19 period, we are here to help you.  We are continuing to assist our clients via telephone and email on the following programs:

  • HICAP/Medicare 
  • Transportation assistance
  • Benefits Checkup 
  • Ombudsman 
  • Senior Peer Counseling
  • Tax Assistance

Our services are FREE, in English and Spanish.  Call us at (831) 655-1334 or (831) 758-4011.

(New) COVID-19 TESTING SITES:  

Click here for a complete listing of all testing sites in Monterey County.

Good news!  New COVID-19 test sites have opened.  Tests are conducted by the following clinics or hospitals:  Clinica de Salud, CHOMP, Doctors on Duty, Mee Memorial, Natividad, OptumServe, Planned Parenthood, SVMHS and CVS. Click here for a complete listing of all testing sites in Monterey County.  NOTE:  Please bring:  1) photo ID and 2) health insurance card. 

  • GREENFIELD:  Greenfield Library, (by appt), click hereCall:  888-634-1123.  More details in English or Spanish.
  • MONTEREY:  Community Hospital of Monterey – (respiratory virus screening medical tents – ONLY for those who have symptoms or exposure to the virus); (by appt only) Hotline: 831-622-8001.
  • MONTEREY (Drive-thru):  Monterey Peninsula College – 980 Fremont St,–see Map.  Test is conducted by Planned Parenthood Mar Monte.  Open on:  Tues, Thurs  9am-12noon; 1pm-4pm.  Questions?  Click here or 831-755-4521
  • SALINAS:  Ag Commission Conference Office – 1428 Abbott St (by appt), click here. Call: 888-634-1123. Click English or Spanish.
  • SALINAS:  Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital -450 E Romie Ln (respiratory virus screening medical tents – ONLY for those who have symptoms or exposure to the virus); (by appt). Hotline: 831-755-0793.
  • SALINAS:  Natividad Hospital -1441 Constitution Blvd (respiratory virus screening medical tents ONLY for those who have symptoms or exposure to the virus )(by appt). Hotline: (831) 772-7365
  • SALINAS (Drive-thru) – CVS -347 East Alisal Street (by appt only); To schedule an appointment, click here.  831-424-0026
  • Clinca de Salud! is now offering covid tests in multiple locations:  Castroville, Greenfield, Gonzales, King City, Pajaro, Salinas, Soledad.  Tests are open to everyone with or without symptoms and with or without insurance. Locations in ENGLISH and SPANISH
  • Doctors on Duty:  Seven locations providing tests via online appointment or by phone.  Click here.
  • (new) ARCpoint Labs of Monterey Bay:  Provides drive thru tests via online appointment, click here.

(new) TAX:  What Happens if You Miss the July 15 tax deadline?

The IRS is urging anyone who owes taxes to file a return as soon as possible and to pay as much as possible to reduce penalties and interest. Electronic filing options, including IRS Free File, are still available on IRS.gov through October 15, 2020 to prepare and file returns electronically.

Taxpayers should then review their payment options. The IRS has information for taxpayers who can’t pay taxes they owe.

For more info, click here for IRS Tax Tip 2020-88: What someone should do if they missed the July 15 deadline to file and pay.

(new) TRANSPORTATION:  Fares Resumes

Effective August 1st, MST will resume collection of fares.  Passengers are required to pay the appropriate fare for travel.

  • Senior Shuttles:  Call at least 24 hours in advance.  1-888-678-2871
  • MST is now requiring passengers age 12+ to wear face masks effective April 29th.
  • 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.

(new) DMV:  One-Year Extension to Seniors 70+

The DMV is providing an automatic one-year extension to Californians age 70 and older with a noncommercial driver license with an expiration date between March 1 and December 31, 2020. This action delays the requirement for this population to visit a DMV office during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The press release can be found here.

  • Age 70+ (noncommercial):  Expires Mar-Dec 2020.  (Now):  Extend for one year from original expiration date.
  • Age 69 & younger (noncommercial):  Expiration Mar-Jul 2020.  Extended to July 31, 2020.  Expanded eligibility to renew online or by mail.
  • Commercial (all ages):  Expiration Mar-Sep 2020.  Extended to Sept 30, 2020.

(new) SENIORS:  HOW TO CoPE with Mental Health DURING COVID-19 Crisis

Feeling depressed and worried while listening to the news about COVID-19?  You are NOT ALONE!  The current social distancing measures can have a real impact on a person’s mental health, especially for older adults who may feel particularly isolated during this crisis. Our peer counselors are here to help support you.  Call us at 831-758-4011 or 831-655-1334. Click here for how they can help you.

  • (NEW) Tips and strategies VIDEOS.  In partnership with Monterey County Department of Behavior Health, we will be launching a new video each week with tips and strategies in dealing with isolation, anxiety, depression and more.  There will be six videos total.  Click here for ENGLISH video.  SPANISH video.

Medicare To Cover COVID-19 Tests

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced 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.

COVID-19:  Scams

(New): Contact Tracing Scam.  Scammers impersonating as contact tracers and are calling potential victims, sending web links and text messages about fictitious COVID-19 cases and asking for social security numbers, financial and other sensitive info NOT required for contact tracing.  For more info, click here.

Beware of offers to test for Coronavirus.  They are scams.  Examples:

  • Fake COVID-19 testing letter that appears to come from the state. The letter states that people must be tested for COVID-19 or lose access to their benefits. The letter asks people to visit a website (which is fake).  The website is currently under investigation.
  • Beware of door-to-door solicitors selling test kits, and robocalls about “special virus kits” that ask for your Medicare number to send a “free” test.
  • Watch for fraudulent emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control or other experts saying they have information to give you regarding COVID-19.
  • IRS issues warning about Coronavirus-related scams.  IRS urged taxpayers to be on the lookout for a surge of calls and email phishing attempts.  For more information, click here.
  • For updates on the latest scams, click here. If you are concerned that you might be a victim of a scam, click here.

FACE MASKS:  $100 Fine (Monterey, Salinas)

Face masks are required in public settings in the state of California.  Those who choose not to wear a face covering while in public in the city of Monterey and Salinas will be fined $100.  The fine is to encourage people to wear masks and to decrease the spread of COVID-19.  In June, the Monterey County Health Department issued a mandatory face mask order.  For more information about the order, click here for ENGLISH or SPANISH.

COVID-19–Legal Hotline on Replacement Income and Job Protected Leave

Effective July 6th, the California Rural Legal Assistance is offering a new free and confidential hotline that is providing legal consultation on: 1) COVID-19 and a worker’s rights at work; 2) how to get paid and unpaid time off if affected by COVID-19; and 3) unemployment benefits and other wage replacement options.  Hotline phone number is 1-800-357-9513.

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 Tel:  831-375-4454
  • Meals on Wheels:  SALINAS ONLY:  Tel: (831) 758-6325.
  • MARINA:  CHISPA has teamed up with Meals on Wheels to provide food to seniors at Marina Manor and The Jensey Oaks.
  • MARINA: The Thomas Carmen Pantry in partnership with the Epiphany Lutheran & Episcopal Church is providing “drive thru” groceries pickup on Tuesdays (5pm–7pm)and Saturdays (9am-11am) at:  425 Carmel Ave., Marina (Epiphany church).
  • MONTEREY:  Shoreline Church, 2500 Garden Road, is partnering with Islands Restaurant to provide meals for seniors on Tuesday and Thursdays (12:30pm-2:30pm) and groceries, if needed.

(new)  2020 Trashion Show:  CANCELLED

Our thanks to everyone for your support and participation in the Trashion Show.  The event has been a “fun” fundraising event for our sponsors, artists, models, guests and participants throughout the years.  In light of the current COVID-19 crisis and health and safety concerns, we are cancelling the 2020 September show.  However, we want to keep the spirit of Trashion Show alive and are planning for interesting “no-contact” activities.  Stay tuned for more information.  Please check our website  www.allianceonaging.org for updates later this summer.

2021 SOUTH COUNTY SHOW:  We are currently adopting a “wait and see” approach.

SPIRALS IS OPEN!

Ready for a new summer outfit now that Shelter-in-Place has been lifted for retail shopping?  Our benefit store, Spirals, is ready for you!  In accordance with the new health regulations, face mask is required to enter our store.  Hand sanitizers are in front of the store.

  • (New) Temporary store hours:  Tues-Sat, 10:00am-4:00pm.
  • Store is closed on Mondays and Sundays.
  • Location:  570 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove.  Tel:  831-383-5030
  • Want to see the merchandise?  Click here.

Social Circle–Guidance from County Health Dept.

Effective June 22, Monterey County Health Department approved “social circle”, the gathering of 12 or less people (family members, friends and children) to gather together and engage in organized activities that takes place outside without social distancing, face masks and other safety requirements.  Note:  Individuals can only participate in just one social circle for 4-weeks and cannot switch to another group.

For details on the guidance, go to:  www.montereycountycovid19.com

(new) Farmer’s  Market Coupons: No Longer Issued Due to COVID-19

The Seniors Farmers Market nutrition program, designed to provide low-income seniors with access to locally grown fruits and vegetables through farmers’ markets, will no longer be issuing coupons for food purchases.  Instead, the state of California has donated all coupons to local food banks to better serve the needs of seniors.  See below for the listing of food banks that is closest to you.

Food Bank (Schedule):

Food Bank of Monterey County will be distributing foods at the following cities.  Please click on link for specific locations and time.

  • Marina:  Mon: 9:30am-10:30am; Fri:  1:00pm-3:00pm
  • Monterey:  Fri:  9:30am-10:30am
  • Seaside Three locations on Tue:  9:30am; 11:00am; 4:00pm
  • Salinas Various locations Mon-Fri.
  • South County: Chualar, Greenfield, Gonzales, King City, Soledad, San Ardo
  • North County: Castroville, Pajaro, Castroville
  • Senior-Sites Marina and Carmel Valley
  • Prunedale Senior Center:  Food bag distribution will continue on Thursdays for Grey Bears, veteran seniors.

For more information, please call (831) 758-1523 or 211.

FOOD DELIVERY PROGRAM FOR SENIORS

Monterey County is now offering to vulnerable seniors a food delivery program consisting of three meals a day/seven days a week.  Program is called “Great Plates Delivered” and is in partnership with local restaurants. To be eligible, participants must be:

  • Age 65 or older OR age 60-64 and at high risk for COVID-19 (to include exposure to COVID-19 or have underlying health condition).
  • Must live alone or with one other program eligible adult.
  • Must not be currently receiving assistance from other state assistance such as CalFresh or Meals on Wheels.
  • Must affirm an inability to prepare or obtain meals.
  • For more info, please call 2-1-1.

(new)  DISASTER PREPAREDNESS:  ARE YOU READY?

As the weather gets warmer, the potential for wildfire is high.  More more than ever, people are recognizing the need to be better prepared for the inevitable next wildfire or earthquake or flood.  The Community Emergency Response Volunteers (CERV) of Monterey Peninsula has just published a disaster preparedness guide to help you.

SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER 

Click here  to read full alert from the Monterey County Health Department.

What Happens If You Have to Go to the Hospital?  

Many people are concerned about getting emergency care at local hospitals during COVID-19 crisis. Putting off critical care is dangerous and could expose a person to serious long-term health complications.

SVHS has produced podcasts/video on the steps that they have taken to ensure patients are safe and healthy during their visit.  Example: temperature screening for all incoming patients, treating COVID-19 patients in a separate area and more.  For more info, click here.

(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:

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.

PHARMACY:  Veterans 

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:

Monterey County Services for Seniors Will Continue

Monterey County Department of Social Services (MCDSS) will continue to operate it’s Adult Protective Services, In Home Supportive Services for seniors and more.

  • For more info about their essential services, click: ENGLISH or SPANISH.
  • For additional resources:  211 Search
  • COVID-19 Senior Resource Guide:  For a comprehensive guide lists health services, food assistance, senior shopping hours, housing assistance and more.  Click here to access the guide.

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: