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Website Updated:  1/19/21 @ 9:21 am

 

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 

With the surge in COVID cases and the fact that an even more potent and contagious variant strain of the virus is here in California, it is more important than ever that seniors have the most up-to-date information on our NEW COVID-19 webpage.

Visit the page: CLICK HERE.   Or use the “covid” button on your LEFT green tool bar.

This webpage is designed to provide you the most up-to-date information on:

COVID-19: Pop-up testing sites, see below.

(NEW):  COVID VACCINE FOR ANYONE 65+ 

(Jan 13):  Governor Newsom announced that he is making “Californians 65 and older the next group eligible to receive the COVID vaccine”.  No details on how quickly this will take place.

Here’s what we do know:

  • Phase 1A – The Governor said: “those in health care workers and long-term care residents – remain the highest priority to receive vaccines”.
  • Currently, Monterey County continues to vaccinate health care workers in Phase 1a Tiers 1,2 and 3. Vaccine remains in limited supply.
  • For those who are age 65 and older and are interested in getting vaccinated, the Monterey County Health Department is working in partnership with local health care providers to make vaccination opportunities available to you as soon as possible.
  • For the Monterey County Dept of Health’s press release,  click here.
  • Monterey County COVID Vaccine UpdatesCLICK HERE.

(New):  COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign (Monterey County)

To better assist the general population on COVID vaccine distribution, the County has launched a new COVID Vaccine Survey at the Jan 14th Town Hall meeting.  This survey will allow the general public to “indicate their interest in getting a COVID vaccination”, noted Charles McKee, County Administrative Officer.  “It allows you to put your information in and more importantly your contact information we’ll be able to reach out to you with more information about where you can get vaccinated.”

To participate in the COVID survey: Click here.

COVID-19 — TEST SITES

COVID-19 TESTING SITES IN MONTEREY COUNTY: 

Click here for a complete listing of ALL sites in Monterey County.

BILINGUAL POP-UP TEST SITES

To make it even easier to get COVID-19 testing, Clinica de Salud is now offering “pop-up” tests at the following markets–  La Princesa, El Pueblo, La Lomas–for the month of December.

  • MONDAYS:  La Princesa Market (KING CITY):  620 Broadway St., King City
  • TUESDAYS:  El Pueblo Market (SOLDEDAD):  128 Kidder St., Soledad
  • WEDNESDAYS:  La Princesa Market (SALNIAS):  614 Williams Rd, Salinas
  • THURSDAYS:  La Pincesa Market (SALINAS):  950 N. Sanborn Rd, Salinas
  • FRIDAYS:  La Lomas Market (WATSONVILLE): 182 Hall Rd, Watsonville

Hours:  2pm – 6pm (for all location). For more information, CLICK HERE.

First come.  First Served.  Registration on-site.  Open to everyone with or without symptom and with or without insurance.  Tests are FREE.  No cost.

WHAT’S NEW? 

(NEW)  MEDICARE (Learn the Basics)–VIA ZOOM, Jan 29

Do you have questions about Medicare premiums and deductibles? Join us for a FREE, one-hour online seminar about Medicare updates for 2021. You will learn about Part A, Part B, Part C Advantage Plans, Part D, supplemental plans, penalties and much more!

  • DATE:  Friday, January 29th @ 4:00pm 
  • Questions:  call Moncerat Politron (831) 646-5049
  • For more info, please see our flyer, click here.

IRS: tax season 2021 officially kicks off on Feb 12

The IRS will begin accepting and processing 2020 tax returns on Feb. 12.  Typically, the IRS begins accepting returns in late January.

Why so late this year?  The Feb. 12 start date allows the IRS time to do additional programming and testing of IRS systems following the Dec. 27 tax law changes that provided a second round of Economic Impact Payments and other benefits.

To speed refunds during the pandemic, the IRS urges taxpayers to file electronically with direct deposit as soon as they have the information they need. People can begin filing their tax returns immediately with tax software companies, including IRS Free File partners. These groups are starting to accept tax returns now, and the returns will be transmitted to the IRS starting Feb. 12.

(NEW)  Stay-At-Home Order (until further notice)

To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Monterey County Dept of Health has issued a new Stay-At-Home order on Dec 9th.  To read the entire Order, click here.

  • Start dateSunday, Dec 13 @ 10:00 PM
  • End date:  Until further notice.

What’s Is This All About? 

  • All residents are required to stay home unless they are conducting essential business or getting outdoor exercises.
  • No group gatherings.
  • Retail stores are limited to 20% of capacity.
  • Grocery stores are restricted to 35% of capacity.
  • Restaurants are limited to take-out services only.
  • Non-essential travel is banned.
  • No personal services (such as hair salons)

For the most up-to-date info from the California Department of Public Health, CLICK HERE.

ITEMS OF INTEREST

(NEW): PROJECT VALENTINE–Cards for Seniors

Want to send a message of cheer or love to a senior living in a senior facility?

You can with PROJECT VALENTINE.
Valentine Cards (any size) store bought or handmade are needed for seniors.

The cards can be sent individually or in a bundle to the Alliance on Aging. NOTE: Cards do not have to have individual envelopes.

CARD MAKERS: Please sign the cards with your name or “your neighbor.” We need cards in ENGLISH and SPANISH. NOTE: We will be collecting cards until FEBRUARY 1, 2021! Our goal is to collect over 2,846 cards to send to seniors living in senior care facilities.
• SEND CARDS TO: Alliance on Aging, 247 Main St., Salinas, CA 93901
• Questions? Call Meggie Pina, Ombudsman Program Manager at (831) 655-1334

This project is sponsored by our OMBUDSMAN program, 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!

SPIRALS BENEFITS SHOP–New Policy

Given the recent surge in COVID cases, the Alliance on Aging’s Spirals Benefit Shop, will no longer be accepting donations or consignments until further notice.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but rest assure that our priority is to ensure the safety and health of our shoppers and those who consigned their goods to the store.  Come and visit Spirals for your holiday shopping needs.  Our store hours are listed below.  Face mask is required.

  • (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.

SENIOR — RESOURCES 

HOW TO CoPE with Mental Health

Fires!  COVID-19!  Worried and feeling depressed about the crisis around you and the world?  You are NOT ALONE!  The current local fires and 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:  Fares Resumes

MST has resumed collection of fares.  Passengers are required to pay the appropriate fare for travel.

  • 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.

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.

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.

(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:

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.

DISASTER – RESOURCES 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR AN EMERGENCY:

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

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS – HANDOUTS & RECORDINGS:

If you missed the presentations on how best to prepare for fire and other disasters held this fall, not to worry.  You can get the handouts or recordings of the workshop below:

WORKSHOP I:  Learn the Basics–3 Easy Steps to Prepare for an Emergency.

WORKSHOP II: Fire Safety PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff Preparedness 

POST FIRE — WHAT TO DO? 

Getting Help from:  Federal and State 

  • For people with losses from fire, the first step is to contact their insurance companies.
  • FEDERAL ASSISTANCE:  For losses not covered by insurance, please register for disaster assistance:  1) via online at www.disasterassistance.gov; or 2) by using the FEMA App; or 3) by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or 800-462-7585 (TTY).
  • STATE ASSISTANCE:  Click here.