Resources for Seniors
The Covid-19 pandemic has put our seniors at high risk. The following contains important information especially for seniors.
The state of California has a myriad of resources for its aging residents. Throughout the state, at the county level, services provided include: food & nutrition services; home care; Medicare counseling; health & exercise promotion; transportation services; fall prevention; housing help; and training to family caregivers. The state's Department of Aging can be reached at 1-800-510-2020. They can connect callers to the local agency on aging nearest your senior.
In addition, the Department of Aging has developed a new activity guide & planner, entitled “Feeling Good & Staying Connected. It contains a ton of ideas for staying connected and keeping busy at home. The guide is available on the Department of Aging’s website in multiple languages. Here’s the link for the English version of “Feeling Good & Staying Connected.”
Because many seniors suffer from social isolation, there is a Friendship Line, run by the Institute on Aging, that serves as a crisis line for older adults. Call 1-888-670-1360.
Concerned parties who know seniors that might need wellness checks or are concerned that a senior is suffering from abuse, neglect or exploitation can contact California’s Adult Protective Services line 24/7 by calling 1-833-401-0832.
Since managing stress is so important to everyone’s health, the California Surgeon General has prepared a stress relief playbook for reducing stress and maintaining health during the Covid19 crisis. The booklet can be found here. The California Covid19 website also includes important resources for getting emotional support during this or during any stressful time.