VPAS Offers Update On Coronavirus For Seniors

Editor's note: The Valley Program for Aging Services just sent out this update.

As you know, older adults are at a higher risk for COVID-19. Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS) continues to make a number of changes to respond to this threat and help ensure the health and safety of older adults in our community. Please visit our COVID-19 page for ongoing updates on service delivery and guidance for older adults and their caregivers.

    All VPAS senior centers are closed and classes and workshops are postponed through April 24. We will re-assess at that time.

    We are providing vital services during this crisis. We continue to offer Meals on Wheels, senior transportation, information and referral, and Medicare consulting. We are adding health checks of staff and volunteers, increased sanitization of facilities and vehicles, and providing many services by phone to protect the people we serve.

    Older adults are urged to stay at home. Governor Northam has closed non-essential businesses. Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and other essential organizations remain open. If there is not someone available to go grocery shopping for you, seek out senior-only shopping hours at locations such as Martin's (6-7 a.m. daily), Walmart (Tues. from 7-8 a.m.), Kroger (7-8 a.m. Tues/Wed/Thurs), Sharp Shopper (Tuesday and Friday 7-8 a.m.), Dollar General (first hour after opening) and Costco (Tues. and Thurs. from 8-9 a.m.) Call to confirm as these may change.

    Limit all non-essential planned surgeries and procedures until further notice. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recognizes that conservation of critical resources such as ventilators and Personal Protective Equipment is essential, as well as limiting exposure of patients and staff to COVID-19. Contact your health care provider for more information.

    Social Security benefits will continue to be paid as usual. Some scams and fraudulent messages suggest they are being delayed, which is not true. Visit the Social Security and Coronavirus web page to get updates on the latest, including how to get help from the Social Security Administration by phone and online.

    COVID-19 scams are on the rise. Help protect older adults from COVID-19 scams.

    For additional guidance on COVID-19 and older adults, visit the CDC web page.

These are challenging times, but together we will navigate the coronavirus crisis. Your donations are helping us protect older adults in our community.

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