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Website Updated:  12/08/21

 

It’s December! 

 

WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU 

We want to ensure that seniors are safe and healthy.  We assist our clients via telephone, email, Zoom and by appointment in English and Spanish on:

  • HICAP/Medicare.
  • Transportation assistance.
  • Benefits Checkup.
  • Ombudsman.
  • Senior Peer Counseling
            • 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.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NEED FOR A BOOSTER?

A Pfizer or Moderna booster dose is recommended if you: 

    • Received your second dose at least six months ago, and
    • Are age 18+ and are at risk of COVID-19 exposure
    • A Johnson & Johnson booster dose is recommended if you:
    • Received your first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 2 months ago, and are 18 or older
  • 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: 4 PM Thursday, January 27

WHERE: The new Senior Hub – 236 Monterey Street, Salinas 93901 (Monterey Street between Alisal & Gabilan in Oldtown Salinas)

For flyer detailsClick here

CLICK to: REQUEST HICAP MEDICARE CONSULTATION

Diabetes impacts many people in our community… 

In response, Community Health Innovations — a partnership formed by two of the area’s leading health systems, Montage Health and Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System — created the Don’t Feed the Diabetes campaign, bringing the disease to life in a tangible way and connecting individuals to local, helpful education and resources aimed at preventing or managing type 2 diabetes.

Lower your risk in 3 easy steps – click here

10 Tips for a healthy holiday season –  click here

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. With our newly named transportation program, ‘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. Both projects should launch early 2022. We are currently recruiting volunteers to drive for these new programs. If you are interested in volunteering or being an ITN member to use the new Valley Line services, please contact Jennifer Pantoja at 831-655-4247 or jpantoja@allianceonaging.org.

IRS paperwork you don’t understand?  We Can Help!

Call our office to request an appointment. (831) 655-4242

(We’re outside of the regular tax season; 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 in long-term care facilities, the COVID-19 crisis has been particularly heartbreaking.

The California Department of Public Health has 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 

 

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

MST is now requiring passengers age 12+ to wear face masks.

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.

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.