If you are over 60, are immune suppressed or have pre-existing medical conditions including respiratory diseases, it is advised to practice social distancing such as staying away from large public areas and events.
The State of California has a hotline to deliver services and provide assistance to older Californians. Call: 1-833-544-2374.
Seniors can also call their county’s Area Agency on Aging for information and assistance:
- Alameda County 510-577-3530
- Contra Costa County 844-729-8410 Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
On April 2nd, Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan hosted a virtual-Town Hall for Seniors. She was joined by Teri Kilgore - Walnut Creek City Assistant Manager, Nicole Howell - Executive Director Ombudsman of Contra Costa & Solano County, Tim O’Keefe – CEO of Rossmoor Golden Rain Foundation, and Dr. Louise McNitt – Contra Costa County Health Department. You can watch the video by clicking here .
CalFresh is the program formally known as Food Stamps and federally known as SNAP. This program issues electronic benefits to purchase food to California residents who meet the eligibility requirements.
Apply online: https://www.mybenefitscalwin.org/
CalFresh Info Line: 1-877-847-3663
- Contra Costa County -
Contra Costa County has created a comprehensive map with free food distribution sites: https://cccgis.link/Food
C.C. Café is a program that serves lunch to seniors in Contra Costa County free of charge but with an optional $3 donation. Normally, it operates Monday - Friday in local senior centers and gathers seniors together for a community meal. In light of the shelter in place order and guidelines asking seniors to stay home, C.C. Café has changed its method of operations to protect people. Now, it will be distributing 7 frozen meals once a week. Please call 925-395-4218 in advance to reserve your meals and to receive more detailed information on pick-up.
Meals on Wheels Diablo Region
The County's Food Assistance Programs for eligible seniors, including Meals on Wheels and more, can be found here: https://cchealth.org/foodsecurity/seniors.php
Call: (925) 937-8311 or visit their website: www.mowdiabloregion.org
Contra Costa and Solano County Food Bank
You can find information about getting help with food in your city, as well as income eligibility guidelines, here: https://www.foodbankccs.org/get-help/foodbycity.html
Monument Crisis Center
Monument Crisis Center holds emergency food distribution open to all in need on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 9 am to 12 pm.
Call: (925) 825-7751 or visit their website: https://www.monumentcrisiscenter.org/
- Tri-Valley -
Open Heart Kitchen
Open Heart Kitchen provides meals free of charge to people in need in the Tri-Valley. Their senior meals program is continuing during the COVID-19 pandemic as a to-go only service. Lunches are available M-F at three different sites in the Tri-Valley. Please call 925-500-8241 by 1 pm the business day prior to make your reservation.
-Dublin Senior Center (7600 Amador Valley Blvd) – 11:30-12:15 PM
-Pleasanton Senior Center (5353 Sunol Blvd) – 11:45-1:00 PM
-Robert Livermore Community Center (4444 East Ave) – 12:00-1:00
Open Heart Kitchen also has dinner service. These meals are also to-go only. They can be picked up between 4:00-5:00 PM Monday through Friday at Ridgeview Commons in Pleasanton (5200 Case Ave). For dinner, please call 925-500-8241 by noon on the day of your meal to make a reservation.
Meals on Wheels – Spectrum Community Services
Livermore residents should call Carrie Oldes: (925) 421-4657
Dublin and Pleasanton residents should call Kathleen Knode-Spears: (925) 931-5385
Alameda County Community Food Bank
Alameda County Foodbank operates a Helpline that will connect you to a source for food on the same day you call. It is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Call: 1-800-870-FOOD (3663) or 1-510-635-3663.
Special Hours for Grocery Stores
Many grocery stores and chains have announced they will be holding special shopping hours only for seniors and medically sensitive individuals. Individual stand-alone stores may also be offering special hours. These special hours vary greatly by store and location. We advise you call your individual store to check on whether it is holding special hours when planning your trip to buy groceries.
Orinda Seniors Around Town (SAT): This program provides free, door-to-door, non-emergency transportation for Orinda senior residents to medical appointments and errands around town by Orinda resident volunteers using the volunteer's own vehicle. SAT is up and running remotely during this time. If you are interested in becoming a rider or a volunteer driver, please contact SAT at: 925 402-4506 or email: SAT@OrindaAssociation.org
For other senior transportation services available to Orindans visit this website .
Other transportation services:
- Contra Costa County Connection (925) 676-7500
- Mobility Matters (925) 284-2215
- Way To Go, Contra Costa (925) 284-6109
- Wheels Dial-A-Ride (925) 455-7500
Other Support Services for Seniors
Alameda County Senior Resources Guide: https://www.alamedasocialservices.org/public/services/elders_and_disabled_adults/aaa_senior_ia.cfm
Contra Costa Senior Resource Directory: http://bit.ly/3cX5N42
Lamorinda Village is a private organization that normally charges annual dues for members, offering home-based help, shopping, etc. They have a Shelter in Place program running for seniors in Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda that is free of charge and will have volunteers pick up and deliver groceries on your behalf. Call (925) 283-3500 or email Info@LamorindaVillage.org. Visit their webpage: https://lamorindavillage.org/about-lamorinda-village/
Lamorinda Spirit Van
This FREE van service is looking for seniors who need someone to pick up and deliver groceries, medications, and sundries, bring in a hot meal from a restaurant, and more. The van service is funded by federal grants, donations, and the City of Lafayette, and is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers and staff. If you could use some help, contact Lamorinda Spirit Van via email at Dispatch@lovelafayette.org or call 925-283-3534.
Resources for Seniors Residing in San Ramon
The City of San Ramon has set up a hotline, which Seniors can call Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. to:
- Sign up for meal delivery through the Senior Nutrition Program.
- Let the city know about your needs and be connected to volunteers.
English language hotline – 925-973-3250
Mandarin Language hotline – 925-973-3277 (Voicemail. Checked between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm)
For Those Feeling Isolated at Home
The Friendship Line
Accredited crisis intervention program for older and disabled adults; provides emotional support, reassurance, elder abuse prevention, and information and referral.
- Call (800) 971-0016 (24-hours) or visit https://www.ioaging.org/services/all-inclusive-health-care/friendship-line/contact-friendship-line
Well Connected - Covia
Non-profit community outreach program that offers free activities, friendly conversation, and an assortment of telephone groups to adults 60 and older in California who find it difficult to participate in activities in their communities. Participants call from the comfort of home.
Telephone groups include writing workshops, brain activities, armchair trips, health discussions, chat groups, and many other activities.
- Call: (877) 797-7299 or visit: www.covia.org/services/well-connected
Friendly Visitors Program (Contra Costa County)
Calls by volunteers to isolated or lonely seniors age 60 and older. To request a Friendly Visitor companion, please complete the application here and fax it to (925) 946-1869 or email to email@example.com.
The DMV has provided an automatic one year extension to Californians over the age of 70 who have a driver’s license that will expire between March 1st, 2020 and December 31st, 2020. Seniors over the age of 70 are now allowed to renew their driver’s license online, as of December 6th. If you are having difficulties or confusion with the DMV, please give my office a call at 925-328-1515 and my staff may be able to help.
Please check this DMV link for the latest updates: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv
Common Scams Targeting Seniors Related to COVID-19
- Scammers are approaching residents of senior housing and assisted living facilities about “opportunities” for COVID-19 testing
- Beneficiaries are receiving robocalls about "special virus kits" and being asked for their Medicare number to send a "free" test
- Health care agencies are receiving scam emails offering COVID-19 testing services that can be ordered through a telehealth provider
- Online services offer a free vaccine in exchange for Medicare #
- Fraudulent emails claim to be from the Centers for Disease Control or other experts offering information on the virus
- Cybersecurity scammers send a link which implants PC ransomware
Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan, District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, and the Contra Costa Senior Legal Services Executive Director Verna Haas had a video conversation about common scams in COVID-19 and how best to defend yourself. You can watch that here.