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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:  

Good news!  New COVID-19 testing sites have just opened.  Clinca de Salud! has opened multiple test sites in Castroville, Salinas and South County–for locations, click here in ENGLISH or SPANISH.  Appointments are required.  No walk-ins. Logistics Health Incorporated (LHI), a company that designs and manages health programs for government, is currently conducting tests at Alisal High School and at the Greenfield Library.

  • GREENFIELD:  Greenfield Library – 315 El Camino Real, (by appt), click here.
  • MONTEREY:  Community Hospital of Monterey –23625 Holman Hwy (by appt); (831) 624-5311
  • SALINAS:  Alisal High School – 777 Williams Rd,(by appt), click here.
  • SALINAS:  Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital -450 E Romie Ln (by appt); (831) 757-4333
  • SALINAS:  Natividad Hospital -1441 Constitution Blvd (by appt); (831) 755-4111
  • SALINAS:  CVS -347 East Alisal Street (by appt); 831-424-0026
  • (new) Clinca de Salud! is now offering covid tests in multiple locations:  Castroville, Greenfield, Gonzales, King City, Pajaro, Salinas, Soledad.   Hours:  8am-5pm by appointment only.  Tests are open to everyone with or without symptoms and with or without insurance. For locations and phone numbers, click here ENGLISH and SPANISH

(New) 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

SPIRALS IS NOW 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.

(new)  2020 Trashion Show:  CANCELLED

Our thanks to everyone for your support and participation in our annual Trashion Show.  The event has been a “fun” fundraising event for our sponsors, artists, models, guests and participants.  In light of COVID-19, the Alliance on Aging has decided that, for health and safety reasons, we have no choice but to cancel the show.

We want to keep the spirit of the Trashion Show alive in 2020 and we will find a special way to do that.  Stay tuned!

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

Reminder: Covered California Extension Ends June 30

REMINDER:  Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace, will end its special enrollment extension on June 30th.  If you are uninsured and need coverage, please be sure to 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.

(new)  Elder Justice Summit Webinar:  July 1

Join us for the annual Elder Justice Summit this year online.  The theme: “Coming Together While Being Apart”.  Event will be held on  four consecutive Wednesdays.

  • Dates:  Wednesdays (June 24 and July 1)
  • Time:  10:30am – 12:00pm
  • To join webinar via Zoom, click here.
  • Topics include:  Facing isolation and grief; scam and abuse prevention; The California master plan on aging; the newly developing aging and disability resource connection.
  • Questions?  Call us at 1-669-900-6833.  For a list of speakers, click here.

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.

(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.

(new) Food Bank (June 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.

(New) 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.

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 ONLY:  (New) 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.
  • MARINA:  CHISPA has teamed up with Meals on Wheels to provide food to seniors at Marina Manor and The Jensey Oaks.
  • (new) 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).
  • (new) 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.
  • SALINAS:  Salvation Army is offering pickup meals for seniors.  Call (831) 443-9655 ext. 2900.

COVID-19 TESTING SITES:  

For individuals interested in getting COVID-19 testing outside of a hospital, you can do so at the following locations by appointment only (Salinas, Greenfield) through LHI, Logistics Health Incorporated, a company that designs and manages health programs for government and commercial customers. To request for an appointment, click here.

  • Greenfield Library – 315 El Camino Real, Greenfield (by appt)
  • Alisal High School – 777 Williams Rd, Salinas (by appt)

Medicare To Cover COVID-19 Tests

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.

COVID-19:  Scams

(New): 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. It also threatens the removal of children and placing them into foster care if the parents do not take a COVID-19 test.  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. Often they want you to give your personal information, like your Social Security or Medicare number.
  • For updates on the latest scams, click here. If you are concerned that you might be a victim of a scam, click here.

(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.

(new) SOUTH COUNTY:  TELE-MEDICINE

Mee Memorial Hospital is now providing virtual clinic for clients living in King City and Greenfield.  Appointments are required.  Hours are Monday thru Friday, 8:00am-6:30pm.  Click here  for more information.

 

NEED HELP WITH YOUR TAXES? DUE JULY 15

The Alliance on Aging will help people file taxes by a multi-step, exchanging of tax documents.  The service has been altered in order to remove a face-to-face encounter between the Client & the Tax Preparer.  Priority service is now offered to those who had an appointment scheduled in March or April that was canceled due to the Shelter-in-Place mandate.  Additionally, people may be offered an appointment to drop-off their paperwork as time and our service ability will allow before the July 15 deadline to file. Questions? Please call (831) 646-5049 or click here for more information. 

  • Click here for latest updates on filing extensions.
  • (New): SCAMS 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.

(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:

(new) TRANSPORTATION:  For Seniors 

All All bus routes are now Fare Free (no cost) for seniorsVoucher Clients may continue to use service.

  • Senior Shuttles:  Call at least 24 hours in advance.  1-888-678-2871
  • (new):  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.

 

TAX: STIMULUS CHECK Will Not Be Counted as Income for Those in Means-Tested Programs

Your stimulus check will NOT be counted as income and will NOT impact your eligibility for Medi-Cal, SSI, SNAP and other means-tested programs.  Also, for 12 months, your stimulus check will not be counted as assets as long as the payment does not sit in your bank account for over 12 months.  For more information, click here.

COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in offering your assistance to help with organizations providing COVID-19 services?  The Community Builders of Monterey County is the local center for promoting volunteer opportunities for COVID-19.  There are multiple tasks that you can help:  delivering food for seniors, writing cards to seniors, making masks and more.  Please click here for more info.

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: