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Website Updated: 2/6/23

It’s February 2023!!!

“One of the Greatest Gifts you can Give is Your Time”

Mission Statement

A Community Leader and Advocate, Alliance on Aging provides services and

resources that address the challenges and opportunities for

older adults in Monterey County.

Join us on February 21, 2023 for our

Volunteer Fair 

Click Here for Information

I haven’t gotten my Middle Class Tax Refund yet.

What should I do?

If you think you’re eligible and don’t receive a payment by Feb. 14, 2023, you can contact the FTB customer service line, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., at 800-542-9332. There’s also an online chat option available at mctrpayment.com.

If you accidentally threw out a debit card or believe it was lost or stolen, you can call Money Network at 800-240-0223 and press 3 for “card replacement.” The cards expire in April 2026, according to the Franchise Tax Board.

TIME TO LEARN THE BASICS OF MEDICARE ?

Join our seminar – it’s open to the public and there’s no cost to attend!

WHEN: Wednesday, February 22nd at 1:00pm

WHERE: Scholze Park Center 280 Dickman Ave Monterey, CA 93940  Click Here

****Winter Storm Information****

You can now apply for Disaster CalFresh

Click Here for Information

Announcing Bus Service to the Local Assistance Center. Click here for the schedule provided by MST . This begins , Saturday, January 28, 2023 thru February 5, 2023. 

Click Here San Ardo – Salinas Click Here Salinas – San Ardo Click Here Salinas – Pajaro  Click Here Pajaro – Salinas

Local Assistance Center UPDATE   

Click Here for English  Click Here for Spanish

Local Assistance Center Resources 

Click Here for English       Click Here for Spanish

Please follow this link to Monterey County Office of Emergency Services for up to date Storm Information – Click Link Below

Click Here

MST Offering Rides to Temporary Evacuation Centers/ Shelter During Winter Storm Event – Click Link Below

Click Here

Special Storm Resources Available.

With the Severe Weather in the coming Days There Are Resources For You Should You need Shelter or Support. Post Disaster

Click Here for English Click Here for Spanish

Remember to Sign Up For Alerts At www.AlertMontereyCounty.org

For Post Disaster Resources please Click Here

WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU 

We are happy to announce our newly remodeled office at 247 Main St is open to the public. You can enter through our Alliance on Aging, 247 Main Street entrance or, for your convenience, you can park in the parking lot on Monterey St. and enter through our new HUB entrance at 236 Monterey Street.

We assist our clients in person, via telephone, email, Zoom and by appointment in Spanish and English.

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

            • HICAP/Medicare
            • Transportation Assistance
            • Benefits Checkup
            • Ombudsman
            • Senior Peer Counseling
            • Tax Assistance
            • For information about activities at the HUB Click Here 

This Valentine’s Day help us share love and friendship with residents living in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities by creating and sending Valentine’s Day Cards! Click Here

Cost-of-Living Adjustment Information for 2023

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 8.7 percent in 2023.

The 8.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment will begin with benefits payable to more than 65 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2023. Increased payments to more than 7 million Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries will begin on December 30, 2022. According to Social Security Administration, “Medicare premiums are going down and Social Security benefits are going up in 2023, which will give seniors more peace of mind and breathing room. This year’s substantial Social Security cost-of-living adjustment is the first time in over a decade that Medicare premiums are not rising and shows that we can provide more support to older Americans who count on the benefits they have earned” 

Transportation is the #1 need of seniors in our area!

Starting  12-10-2022 MST will be changing its routes!

MST is updating and closing out bus routes! Go to MST.org for the latest information

Bus fares will also be changing!!

Seniors will now pay $1 for a 2-hour trip ($2 for those 19-64 years old

All Day Bus Passes will drop in price!

Seniors $3 Day Pass (65+)

Regular $6 Day pass (64 and under)

MST RIDES will now also be $2

Senior Shuttles:  Call at least 24 hours in advance.  1-888-678-287

Provide a Ride, change a Life- Volunteers Needed Now! Alliance on Aging has partnered with the Independent Transportation Network (ITN) in Monterey County to launch a new rural rides program in North and South County.  ‘Valley Line’, we will serve ITN members south of Salinas to Soledad AND ‘Valley Line North’ will expand in the northern stretches of our county to Las Lomas. 

  • Drive at your convenience.
  • Most rides are less than 20 minutes.
  • Meet interesting people while helping others.
  • Earn credits for yourself or a loved one or get mileage reimbursement.

If you are interested in volunteering or being an ITN member, call 831-233-3447 or go to itnmontereycounty.org for any questions and to sign up.

Do you have questions about State Medicaid (referred to as Medi-Cal)?

Click on the link below to view ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ regarding Medi-Cal asset limit change that substantially increased limits effective 7/1/22:

Asset Limit Changes for traditional Medi-Cal

Visitation restrictions IN LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES

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

For updates from CA Public Health Guidelines on Long-Term Care Facilities:

Order of the State Public Health Officer Requirements for Visitors in Acute Health Care and Long-Term Care Settings

Requirements for Visitors in Health Settings-2022 (ca.gov)

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.

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

                 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.

DISASTER – RESOURCES 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR AN EMERGENCY:

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