COVID-19 Resources July 23, 2020 | General Age-Friendly Arizona (AFA) is closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19, particularly on older adults. AFA is committed to sharing updated news to support the health and well-being of your family and friends during these challenging times. A number of partners are receiving calls from older adults who need help getting groceries and calls from people who want to volunteer to get groceries for older adults. Please visit AARP's "Create the Good" site to register as an agency that helps older adults with grocery shopping and need volunteers. If you are an individual who wants to volunteer, please register/ login and enter in the keyword section "Volunteer Grocery Shopper" under the senior category. If you have already registered, it would be helpful to visit the site and make sure your contact information is correct. Generations United continues to monitor the evolving situation presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on intergenerational connections across the United States and the world. With all the changes that the crisis has brought, we know that intergenerational relationships and supporting grandfamilies is now more important than ever. Their resource on Intergenerational Programs and Physical Distancing has more information. Thank you to the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation for sharing the following COVID-19 resources and links focusing on older adults and the field of aging. Stay Connected and Engaged This comprehensive listing of services for older adults on the Administration for Community Living website offers a variety of topics including: Ideas to keep older adults safe, connected and engaged Resources for aging and disability agencies and networks Examples of adapting and innovating to meet the needs of older adults CDC COVID-19 resources in American Sign Language via YouTube COVID-19 Infographics and health guides that can be downloaded and printed for your use. Staying Safe at Home During the Coronavirus Crisis How to Protect Yourself and Others Breaking Down the Spread of COVID-19 Stopping the Spread: Tips for Older Adults and Those With Chronic Medical Conditions Activities and Their Risk Levels COVID-19 Health Information in Spanish CDC guide in Spanish (additional languages can be toggled at the top of the main CDC webpage) Examples from the Field The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging website shares examples of how agencies nationwide are adopting existing programs and launching new services to continue serving older adults. It highlights revised and new community models in food distribution, outreach and engagement, reopening, nutrition and meals, wellness, transportation and other critical services Resources and Additional Information The links below are provided so you can find accurate and update information. –RetireGuide.com– A free web based resource RetireGuide.com covers the recent COVID-19 outbreak and provides up-to-date information about financial decisions that affect retirement. Here is a link to that guide and an informational section on Medicare plans and coverages. –From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention– COVID-19 Guidelines for Older Adults. CDC's Website –From the State of Arizona– Arizona Department of Health Services Information on statewide testing and updated recommendations. The agency has established the COVID-19 hotline: 1-844-542-8201. For local information on COVID-19 related consumer scams, please call 1-800-432-4040 (Arizona statewide) or visit https://des.az.gov/services/older-adults/medicare-assistance. –From the Maricopa County Public Health Department (Updates on COVID-19 in Maricopa County)– Maricopa County Public Health Website Maricopa County COVID-19 Website –From AARP– Coronavirus Tele-Town Halls AARP will host a weekly live Coronavirus Information Tele-Town Halls on Thursdays at 10:00 am (Arizona time) Please check this website weekly for more information. –From the Crisis Response Network, Arizona– Arizona 2-1-1 The statewide COVID-19 hotline provides basic information on coronavirus and the link includes websites with up to date information on food, shelter and financial resources. The 211 hotline also serves people who need emergency shelter, access to food, assistance with utilities and other basic needs throughout the year. The line is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and responds to calls in English and Spanish.