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Website Updated:  9/28/21

 

It’s September! 

 

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 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.

(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 Family Resource Center – 10601 McDougall St., Castroville

  • DATES:  Monday September 13, September 20 and September 27th
  • HOURS: 3:45pm – 6:45pm –  Pfizer Vaccine (2 doses) – Walk-ins.  No appointment needed.

GREENFIELD:

  • MacDonalds – 501 El Camino Real, Greenfield 93927
  • DATES:  September 12 – 1st dose; October 3 – 2nd dose
  • HOURS: 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • VACCINE: Pfizer (2 doses) – Walk-ins.  No appointment needed.
  • Open to everyone 12 years old and up. Minors will need a parent/guardian present, OR must have an adult present AND bring a signed and dated
    letter of consent from a parent/guardian.
  • FREE Big Mac upon vaccination !

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

 

WHAT’S NEW? 

Flu season is just around the corner…

…so plan ahead to get your annual flu shot!  Here’s a suggestion – register for our October luncheon in Salinas and get the flu vaccination too.  As in past years, Alliance on Aging has partnered with Visiting Nurses Association for this ‘annual fall tradition’ !  

When: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 10am – 12pm
Where: St. Ansgar’s Lutheran Church, 72 E. San Joaquin, Salinas, CA 93901
Both require reservations by September 30, 2021
Please call 831.758.4011 or 831.655.1334

For menu and more details –  CLICK HERE

MEDICARE UPDATE 2022

Soon you’ll open your mail box to discover announcements from your prescription drug plan.  Insurances are required to notify members of cost & benefit changes that will occur in 2022.   The mailings can be overwhelming!  Come to one of  our ‘MEDICARE UPDATE 2022’ seminars near you.  In October & November we’ll provide  FREE one hour presentations to get the information you need to make a wise decision during the Annual Medicare Enrollment. We’ll educate you on changes to Part A, Part B, Part C Advantage Plans, Part D and Low Income Assistance Programs that will begin next year.

  • DATE:  Wednesday, October 27 @ 4pm
  • PLACE: Alliance on Aging – 247 Main St., Salinas 93901

For additional locations near you – Medicare Update 2022 List of Seminars

(New) Transportation Service is expanding to North County and South County

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. The service is scheduled to begin next January.

What is it called?  YOU’RE in the ‘Driver’s seat’ to help us decide!

Enter our contest to name this growing service.  Entries are being accepted now for the name of the North County rides program AND a separate, unique name for the the South County rides program. A committee will review all entries & cast their vote September 8th.  A gift certificate of $25 will be awarded to the two individuals who submitted the winning, chosen named. Numerous entries can be submitted… we want to hear from you! 

CALL or TEXT Lucy at 831-601-0710 to enter the contest! 

(NEW) MATTER of BALANCE – nine session series of Virtual classes begins September 14 – November 9

Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A MATTER OF BALANCE is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increased activity levels. The program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls.

Tuesdays 1 pm – 3 pm Participants must attend all 9 workshops. Sponsored by Natividad Hospital Trauma Center. To register, please call (831) 772-7357

Flyer details – CLICK HERE

(New) Tax: Another Round of Refunds

The Internal Revenue Service has started another round of refunds to nearly 4 million taxpayers who overpaid their taxes on unemployment compensation received last year. 

  • July 14:  Start date for refunds by direct deposit.  Will continue to issue refunds throughout the summer.
  • July 16:  Refunds by paper check to be mailed.  Will continue to issue refunds throughout the summer.
  • For more information, click here for IRS press release. 
  • Questions?  Call (831) 655-1334

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 request an appointment. (831) 655-4242

(Please allow 2-3 business days for us to respond.)

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 

Get your financial affairs in order!

If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, the time for legal and financial planning is now. Alzheimer’s Association is offering a free, virtual workshop October 15th Learn about important legal and financial issues you may face and how to put plans in place. Registration link: Click here 

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:  

  • 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.

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.

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.