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Resources for Seniors

FEDERAL RESOURCES

  • The CDC has guidance for older Americans on COVID-19 which can be found here.
  • For questions about receiving Social Security benefits during the COVID-19 national emergency, visit the SSA’s updates and frequently asked questions page here. If you need to get in touch with your local Social Security Office, use the office locator here to find their phone number.
  • AARP maintains a Coronavirus Resource Page here to provide updated information on the virus and expert advice on health, personal finance, pharmacy and caregiving, and many other issues of concern to the senior and older American community. AARP also hosts a weekly live Coronavirus Information Tele-Town Hall on YouTube every Thursday at 1 p.m. ET. The public is invited to join us each week for the latest information on the coronavirus by calling toll-free 855-274-9507 or viewing online here
  • AARP Community Connections brings volunteers together to support those people most in need who live in their local community. Mutual aid can include picking up groceries, providing financial assistance, or lending emotional support to your neighbors. The site also features links to important resources, including help lines, volunteer support networks, and community chat rooms to help people stay connected and fight social isolation.

STATE RESOURCES

  • The Maryland Department of Health has a COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions Resource Guide for Older Adults, which is available here.  
  • The Maryland Department of Aging has coronavirus information specific to older adults on its website. See here.
  • The Maryland Department of Aging also has a first-in-the-nation, free Senior Call Check program to verify the well-being of those 65 years old and older in our communities during the coronavirus pandemic. Register by calling 1-866-50-CHECK or register online here. Every day a telephone call will be placed to a participant at a regularly scheduled time. These calls will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. If the participant does not answer their first call, they will be tried two more times. If those calls go unanswered, additional calls will be made to notify an alternative person who is selected by the participant during program enrollment.
  • The Maryland Department of Aging has compiled a list of stores offering grocery deliveries in each county. See the list here. On March 25th, Governor Hogan announced $4 million in federal funding to help provide at-home meals for senior citizens. 

COUNTY RESOURCES

  • The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services maintains a resource list for seniors and older Americans. Click here to view it. For a list of grocery stores in Montgomery County offering dedicated shopping hours for seniors and at-risk individuals, click here
  • The Frederick County government maintains a list of grocery stores and pharmacies with special hours.