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Website Updated:  5/9/22

It’s May!!!!!

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have”

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.

WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU 

We are happy to announce our newly remodeled office at 247 Main St is once again 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.

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

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.

  • During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and this flu season, vaccines are an essential way for our communities to stay healthy. California Department of Public Health created a fact sheet regarding flu vaccines that you may find helpful – click here

WHAT’S NEW? 

Turning 65 in the next few months? If so, you’re eligible for Medicare !

Get the information you need to understand the parts of Medicare, when & how to enroll.  We can help you! The first step is to attend one of our Medicare Basics presentations.  You’ll learn a lot from our staff and there is no cost to attend. Our moto: it’s better to make a wise choice about your help coverage rather than unravel a hasty decision.

WHEN: 1 PM Thursday, April 21

WHERE: King City Recreation Department, 401 Division St., King City, CA 93930

In order to attend, proof of COVID vaccination is required or NEGATIVE COVID test within 72 hours of seminar.

For flyer details

Please take an anonymous survey to help Monterey County improve the health and well-being of our entire community. Visit www.healthymontereycounty.org to learn more and to take the survey.

Six organizations have teamed up to address the major health needs of residents of the Monterey County. The newly formed Monterey County Health Needs Collaborative is a partnership between Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, Mee Memorial Healthcare System, Natividad, the Monterey County Health Department, and United Way Monterey County. The Collaborative was formed to more effectively identify, address, and improve the health and well-being of the local community.

Thank you in advance for completing the survey and sharing this information.

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

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.

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: Click here

 

 

 

 

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.

Our Medicare Counseling program is also recruiting. To learn more ~ Click here

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 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.

  • Tips and strategies VIDEOS.  In partnership with Monterey County Department of Behavior Health, we created a video series with tips and strategies in dealing with isolation, anxiety, depression and more.  There are six videos total.  Click here for ENGLISH video.  SPANISH video.

TRANSPORTATION:  

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

FOOD RESOURCES FOR SENIORS

‘CalFresh’ helps you put healthy food on your table. Alliance on Aging can help you apply – call 831-655-4247

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:  Entire Salinas Valley:  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 open  Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. 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.

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.