Website Updated: 3/24/23
It’s March 2023!!!
“One of the Greatest Gifts you can Give is Your Time”
A Community Leader and Advocate, Alliance on Aging provides services and
resources that address the challenges and opportunities for
older adults in Monterey County.
PLEASE NOTE OUR TAX SERVICE IS STILL ACCEPTING APPOINTMENTS. WE ARE HAPPY TO PROVIDE TAX PREPARATION SERVICE THROUGH APRIL 18 TO THOSE AGE 60 OR BETTER
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: Thursday, April 27 at 4:00pm (English) and 5:30pm (Spanish)
WHERE: Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Ave, Seaside, CA 93955 Click Here
****Winter Storm Information****
Please follow this link to Monterey County Office of Emergency Services for up to date Storm Information – Click Link Below
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
- Transportation Assistance
- Benefits Checkup
- Senior Peer Counseling
- Tax Assistance
- For information about activities at the HUB 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:
- Crisis Hotline: English/Spanish
- COVID-19 and Nursing Homes: What Families Need To Know. Spanish.
- Tips for Staying Engaged/Connected in Nursing Homes.
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.
- Click here for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults. Click here for SPANISH.
- Click here for Evacuation Supply CHECKLIST.
- Click here for TIPS on how to get ready to evacuate.
- Click here for family disaster plan TEMPLATE.