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Website Updated:  7/21/21

 

It’s July! 

 

WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU 

During the current COVID-19 crisis, we want to ensure that seniors are safe and healthy.  We continue to assist our clients via telephone and email in English and Spanish on:

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

Call us at (831) 655-1334 or (831) 758-4011

COVID-19 – updates

We now have a dedicated COVID-19 webpage to provide you with the most up-to-date information on COVID vaccines, tests and resources.

Visit the page:  CLICK HERE.  Or use the “COVID” button on your LEFT green tool bar.

This webpage provides the following:

COVID UPDATES 

(New) COVID Masking Updates 

With COVID Delta variant cases rising in the county, especially among the unvaccinated, the Monterey County Department of Health is recommending that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wears a mask indoors in public places.  This recommendation is issued out of an abundance of caution.

  • (Indoors) Wear Masks At:  Grocery or retail stores, theaters, and family entertainment centers, even if you are vaccinated.
  • Businesses: Are urged to adopt universal masking requirements for customers entering indoor areas of their businesses (to provide better protection to their employees and customers).
  • For more information about the new mask recommendation, click here for ENGLISH and here for SPANISH.

NOTE:  The Delta Variant is more contagious, gets people sicker and spreads quicker than other COVID versions.  To learn more click here and here.

(New) COVID VACCINES:  “Pop-Ups” (This Week) 

Here are the latest updates on temporary “POP-UP” vaccine sites.  Unless otherwise noted, vaccines are provided FREE (no cost) and on a walk-ins basis (no appointment)

  • NOTEMinors will need a parent/guardian or an adult to accompany them.
  • Johnson & Johnson is available to adults age 18+.

CASTROVILLE:

  • Full Gospel Church Las Lomas – 29 Willow Road, Royal Oakes
  • DATE: JUL 25 (Sunday only)
  • NOTE:  Church is near Castroville.  Vaccine is open only to residents of Castroville, Moss Landing, Las Lomas and Pajaro.
  • HOURS: 12:30pm – 3:00pm
  • REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Call 831-274-3414 (ENGLISH) or 831-440-3556 (SPANISH).
  • Enjoy FREE TACOS while getting vaccinated.  Outdoor event includes FREE immigration consultations.  For more info, click here.
  • Castroville Family Resource Center – 10601 McDougall St., Castroville
  • DATES: JUL 26 – 1st dose; AUG 16 – 2nd dose
  • DATES:  AUG 9 – 1st dose; AUG 30 – 2nd dose
  • HOURS: 3:45pm – 6:45pm
  • VACCINE: Pfizer (2 doses) – Walk-ins.  No appointment needed.

SALINAS:

  • Breadbox Recreation Center – 745 N. Sanborn Rd., Salinas
  • DATES: JUL 24 – 1st dose; AUG 14 – 2nd dose
  • DATES:  JUL 31 – 1st dose; AUG 21 – 2nd dose
  • HOURS: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • VACCINE: Pfizer (2 doses) – Walk-ins.  No appointment needed.
  • FoodsCo – 1030 E. Alisal St., Salinas
  • DATES: JUL 29 – 1st dose; AUG 19 – 2nd dose
  • HOURS: 3:45pm – 6:45pm
  • VACCINE: Pfizer (2 doses) – Walk-ins.  No appointment needed.
  • FoodsCo – 1030 E. Alisal St., Salinas
  • DATES: JUL 29 (1 dose) 
  • HOURS: 3:45pm – 6:45pm
  • VACCINE: Johnson & Johnson (1 dose) for Ages 18+ only.  Walk-ins.

SEASIDE:

  • Oldemeyer Center – 986 Hilby Ave., Seaside
  • DATES: JUL 26 
  • HOURS: 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • VACCINE: Johnson & Johnson (1 dose) for Ages 18+ only. Walk-ins.

All “pop ups” are walk-ins.  If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please visit: MyTurn (https://myturn.ca.gov) 

(NEW):  COVID-19 “dIGITIAL” Vaccine Card 

If you misplaced your COVID-19 vaccine card–not to worry–you can now access your card digitally via the California Department of Public Health’s new digital vaccine record site.

Your digital vaccination card will show the following information (same as the paper version):  name, date of birth, date of vaccinations, and vaccine manufacturer, and a QR code readable by a QR scanner.

  • To access your digital COVID-19 vaccine card, go to: https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov.
  • Enter your name, date of birth and the email or mobile phone number associated with your vaccination record.
  • You will then create a four-digit PIN, which is used to access a link to your record.

The digital card serves as a convenient backup to the paper card.  Just use your phone to access your digital card or place the QR code at the QR scanner.

NOTE:  If you received your vaccinations from a federal agency (e.g., Department of Defense, Indian Health Services, or Veterans Affairs), you will need to reach out to those agencies for assistance with your vaccination record.

(UPDATED):  Useful COVID WEBSITES & CALL CENTER INFO

To located COVID vaccines near you:

 COVID Hotlines (scheduling appointments by phone)

  • State of CA: (833) 422-4255 (in multiple languages).
  • Monterey County: 2-1-1
  • Nationwide: 1-800-232-0233 or TTY 888-720-7489

(NEW): Walk-In COVID VACCINES: CVS & Lucky

To encourage people to get vaccinated, CVS and LUCKY are offering COVID vaccines on a walk-in basis. No appointment needed. To guarantee that you will get your vaccine when you visit, go to their online websites to check availability. CVS and LUCKY will also take appointments via phone. Please call your local pharmacy since individual store policies may differ.

 

15-Minutes COVID-19 Home Test Kit– At Your Local Drugstores

If you need a rapid COVID test for travel, work or to attend an event, the FDA has granted Emergency Use Authorization for the Binax COVID test kit, see details below. The kit is now sold in retail stores throughout the U.S. NOTE: This is a self-administered nose swab test you perform in the comfort of your home. No lab visits — results are available in 15 minutes.

  • Product: BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test (kit has 2 self-administered test strips).  For accuracy, two tests will need to be taken within 3 days (or 36 hours apart).
  • For more info, please click here and look for the TAB (Home Test Kit).

WHAT’S NEW?  

Missed Your Tax Filing?  We Can Help!

If you missed the tax filing deadline of May 17th, it is still not too late to file.

We can help! Call our office to schedule an appointment. 

Easing of COVID restrictions IN LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES

For many families with loved ones who are isolated in long-term care facilities, the COVID-19 crisis has been particularly heartbreaking.

For over a year, families have been unable to visit their parents, grandparents or relatives living in long-term care facilities due to the lockdown.  It is especially challenging for families to be unable to physically check-in on their loved one’s physical and mental well-being.

The California Department of Public Health has now eased restrictions on visits to long-term care facilities.  Please read the excellent article from the MONTEREY HERALD about the new guidance and how local facilities are working to enable visitations.

ITEMS OF INTEREST

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

Do you want to work with SENIORS and help them cope with the challenges of aging?  Do you speak Spanish and/or are Bilingual?  Are you 55 years of age or older?  Do you have your own transportation or other means of transporting yourself?  Are you available 1-3 hours weekly to provide peer counseling?  If you say YES to all of the above questions, we would love to have you as a VOLUNTEER to our Senior Peer Counseling Program.  We will provide you with training and ongoing guidance.  For more information, click here for ENGLISH and here for SPANISH.

WE ARE ON AMAZON SMILE!

YOU SHOP.  AMAZON GIVES 0.5%.  Support Alliance on Aging every time you shop on Amazon.com (via AmazonSmile).

  • Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
  • AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same services.

TO GET STARTED:

  • Click this link to visit AmazonSmile
  • Sign in with your normal Amazon login.
  • Type Alliance on Aging Inc into the “pick your own charitable organization” searchbox.
  • Click “Select” next to “Alliance on Aging Inc”.
  • Shop away!

SENIOR — RESOURCES 

HOW TO CoPE with Mental Health

Are you worried and feeling depressed about the current COVID crisis?  Are you feeling isolated and depressed?  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. 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.

TRANSPORTATION:  Fares Resumes

MST has resumed 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.

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.

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.

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 UPDATE

Monterey County Department of Social Services (MCDSS) continues to operate during the current COVID crisis.  Services include: 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.

FOR VETERANS:  Info On Mesothelioma 

If you are a veteran who has been exposed to asbestos in Navy ships, the Mesothelioma Veterans Center may be able to help you.  They have a free veterans packet that will explain the top treatments, doctors and VA benefits.  Asbestos was used in all U.S. Navy ships manufactured before 1980, and every Sailor or workman who served on these ships was likely exposed to asbestos.  Click here to visit their site.

DISASTER – RESOURCES 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR AN EMERGENCY:

For CAL FIRE’s fire incidents map updates, click here.