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Website Updated:  2/25/21

 

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 

We now 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.

This webpage provides the following:

(NEW):  COVID VACCINE FOR VETERANS (Thurs, FEB 25)

Attention veterans 65 and up:  The Veteran Administration (VA) will be administering 400 doses of COVID vaccine this Thursday, February 25 at:

  • Gourley VA-DoD Outpatient Clinic,  201 9th St., Marina, CA.
  • To schedule an appointment, please call (650) 496-2535.  Monday – Friday between 8AM- 6PM or 800-455-0057
  • Updated vaccine info at click here.

(NEW): COVID TEST SITE — DRIVE THRU ONLY

Lifeline Health Services, based in South California, is offering drive-thru COVID testing.  This means you do NOT have to leave your car.  Four types of COVID tests are being offered (NOTE:  Lifeline does not accept insurance to cover the costs, but they can provide you with the necessary materials/receipts for reimbursement by insurance provider):

  • Rapid COVID-19 Antibody Test – $99
  • Rapid RT-PCR COVID Test (Best for Air Travel) $475
  • Standard COVID-19 PCR Test – $125
  • Standard COVID-19 Antibody Test – $150
  • Location:  Hyatt Hotel (parking lot)–1 Old Golf Course Rd, Monterey, CA
  • For appointment:  click here or patient portal or call (424) 399-3265 
  • Results provided within 2 days via email or text message.

SPANISH ONLY:  COVID VACCINE WORKSHOP RECORDING 

(Spanish Only):  if you missed our Feb 2 (2:00-3:30 pm) Zoom workshop on the effectiveness of Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines, here is your opportunity to view the recording.  It is available Click here .

For the powerpoint presentation in Spanish, Click here.

WHAT’S NEW? 

FEB 24: Learn the Basics of Medicare — Zoom Workshop

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, low income assistance programs, penalties, and much more!

  • DATE:  Wed, February 24 @ 5:00pm 
  • ZOOM:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87528230092?pwd=S2dLQ1RRQ2tSTE53MX RROFM2WmdXZz09
  • Meeting ID:  875 2823 0092 Passcode: 663687
  • Dial in:  +1 669 900 6833
  • For more information, see our flyer, CLICK HERE.
  • Questions?  Call Moncerat Politron at (831) 646-5049

FEB 25: Options for Out of Home Care — Zoom Workshop

If you have a loved one in advanced stages of an illness and home care is not possible, this workshop will help answer questions that you might have, such as:  what are the options for providing care out of the home; when searching for a care facility, what questions are important to ask; how is this level of care paid for; how can I be assured my loved one is receiving the proper care; and how has COVID-19 impacted care options?

  • DATE:  Thurs, February 25 (1:30pm-3:00pm)
  • Participants MUST REGISTER prior to the event.
  • To Register:  Call 1-800-624-8304 or
  • Online registration via the link belowhttps://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gTrCSxzLOp6pq-RPuxp36g
  • For more information, click here. 

(New) We Are Now Accepting Tax Appointments

The Alliance on Aging Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program is now open for tax appointments, click here for online appointment.   We request that you be patient as you wait for your call-back.   

  • Our  program serves people age 60 years & older. 
  • Tax assistance is provided at no cost, in English and in Spanish.
  • To schedule an appointment, CLICK HERE.

Questions?  Call (831) 655-1334 or visit our Tax Counseling for the Elderly program.

(NEW) Free Service — Connecting Seniors with Technology

Attention seniors without internet service or a computer!  There is a new program that can help you to stay connected with your loved ones, and help you shop and watch TV and movies online.  The program, called “Connecting Seniors with Technology”, is for seniors age 50+ and is operated by the nonprofit Loaves and Fishes and Computers.  For more information, please call (831) 512-1330 or click here.

Your Help is Needed — Community Needs Assessment Survey (Feb 1 – Mar 1)

Every two years, the Monterey County Community Action Partnership (MCCAP) gathers information from the community in determining service priorities for low-income communities.  Due to COVID-19, the MCCAP will NOT be conducting in-person surveys.  They request the public’s help in providing input for the 2022-2023 Community Action Plan via online surveys in English or Spanish, see the links below.  The agency needs help in distributing and sharing their surveys to low-income individuals and families. Questions? Call (831) 796-1553 or visit their website, click here.

 EB 21, 24:  VNA Hospice’s Mobile Resource Center 

For Salinas residents:  The VNA Hospice’s Latino Mobile Resource Center van will be visiting Salinas to provide information and resources about end-of-life decisions and hospice care to local Spanish speaking communities.

  • Feb 24 (Wed), 3-5pm:  Los Abuelitos Senior Housing, 528 East Market St., SALINAS.

ITEMS OF INTEREST

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

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:  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.