Information for Seniors
The Danville Senior Center will be closed until further notice. If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take action to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease. Below is the information from the CDC for high risk/older adults CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) High Risk/Older Adults
Contra Costa Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program
Contra Costa Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program provide free health insurance counseling to our seniors year-round as well as monthly “Welcome to Medicare” classes.
Seniors at Home Guide
The Seniors at Home Guide provides information, resources and helps you stay connected during this time. The Senior Center is closed but staff can be contacted at (925) 314-3430, Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm.
Check in on your older neighbors with a call, text or physically-distanced door knock to make sure they’re ok.
For questions or and get assistance during this crisis call 833-544-2374
The 2-1-1 system is able to help older Californians access grocery and medication delivery while staying at home.
The California Department on Aging encourages seniors to reach out to 5 trusted friends or family members during this Pandemic. Friends and family can help seniors obtain essential items such as medication and food.
During this time seniors are encouraged to go to trusted resources for information on the virus including:
California State Website about COVID-19 Covid19.ca.gov
Contra Costa County Health Services https://cchealth.org/
California Department on Aging https://www.aging.ca.gov/
Town of Danville Website http://www.danville.ca.gov
Senior Issues - Essentials
Seniors are encouraged to ask five trusted friends or family members to purchase essentials for them including food and medicine. If you do not have friends or family near you, it is recommended to use online delivery services when possible. In the event you need to leave the house to shop for essential items, the following stores are offering special senior-only shopping hours:
85 Railroad Ave
Daily, 8:00am – 9:00am
3105 Fostoria Way
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:00am - 9:00am
60+ only (no assistance from family members)
Smart & Final
460 Diablo Road
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00am - 8:00am
3496 Camino Tassajara
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00am - 9:00am
345 Railroad Ave
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:00am – 8:00am
4100 Blackhawk Plaza Circle
Daily, 7:00am - 8:00am
Beware of Ongoing Scams
Police throughout the Tri-Valley have been getting calls from residents about various scams going on. Many of these scams target seniors.
Some of these include:
1. Contacting victims and offering a ‘special coronavirus test.’ Some charge a fee, while others seek personal information such as social security number or medicare ID.
2. In a similar vein, scammers are attempting to ‘sell’ reservations for a coronavirus vaccine.
3. Victims are reporting getting emails or texts from services such as Netflix or Amazon stating that they have made a purchase and should click on a link to cancel the order.
These are only a few that have been reported. The main takeaways are that no agency will be requiring social security numbers or Medicaid numbers to provide service. Additionally, no legitimate service would be soliciting for reservations for the vaccine. If it seems off or sketchy, do not follow through. Contact the police and ask questions.
OTHER SENIOR RESOURCES
Contra Costa County Aging and Adult Services Information & Assistance
The Information & Assistance (I&A) helpline is a program of Contra Costa County’s Employment & Human Services Department. Seniors, adults with disabilities, and caregivers may call I&A to speak with knowledgeable social workers to get information, referrals to other services, and assistance with solving problems. I&A Social Workers will listen to your needs, and provide information and referrals to community services that may be able to assist you.
COUNSELING SUPPORT FOR SENIORS
Discovery Counseling Center of San Ramon Valley
Older Adult Mental Health
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels West Contra Costa Region is providing resources to CalFresh to provide application assistance to interested people.
CalFresh is the California implementation of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamp program, which provides financial assistance for purchasing food to low-income California residents.
For information on applying for a CalFresh EBT card to buy food at participating grocery stores and Farmers’ Markets, fill out the Contact form.
Contra Costa County Health Services Food Assistance for Seniors