Area Agency on Aging

Dear Aging Community and Advocates,

Many of our community partners have closed their doors and have shifted their services to telephonic support.  Our mission has shifted from “Aging in Place” to “Shelter in Place” and we are doing our best to ensure that you have the  necessary resources to do this as well as possible.  We are working together to ensure that not only those most vulnerable are safe during this period but are also fed and connected.  

 The AAA and all services of the Aging and Adult Services Bureau remains open and operational as an “essential workforce”.  We are here to provide resources and access to the services and supports needed to weather this crisis.  Below you will find resources for food and prevent social isolation.  We will be updating this site regularly to provide new information and resources as they become available.

 Let us know what we can do for you, we are here!

 Laura Cepoi, Program Manager

Contra Costa County Area Agency on Aging

Area Agency on Aging Information & Assistance Call Center   (925) 229-8434

Available to assist callers with questions and referrals for food resources in addition to all programs and groups in Contra Costa County to assist those 60 and older and disabled adults. Hours open are between 8am to 5pm.

ACCESSING MEALS DURING SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDINANCE

Senior Nutrition Program  (925)313-6310

Every Tuesday (March 17, 24, and, 31) seven (7) frozen meals, a ½ gallon of milk and fruit are made available to those who preorder the day before (Monday). PLEASE call the Senior Centers directly to preorder the meals for pick-up at the senior centers. You may register for the senior nutrition program (fill out a NAPIS form) at the senior center in their area. (See C.C. Café Site List below for location and contact information.)

Home Delivered Meals- this essential service will continue uninterrupted, additional safety precautions have been enacted to ensure safe delivery. If someone is isolated and homebound without food, Senior Nutrition will try to accommodate these folks on existing routes that are not impacted.

San Pablo Senior Center is delivering meals directly to their Café clients. Please note all senior centers are closed to the public except for meal distribution. Hercules, Bay Point, Concord, Crockett, El Cerrito, Martinez, Richmond, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, San Ramon are passing out weekly frozen meal packs.

Please note that Rossmoor, Danville, and Brentwood Sites are closed.

C.C. Café Site List Café Manager City Phone Number
Antioch Senior Center

415 W. 2nd Street, Antioch, CA 94509

Monserrat Cabral Rhonda Flanagan Antioch 925-757-7325

925-778-1158

Ambrose Community Center

3105 Willow Pass Rd., Bay Point, CA 94565

Evelyn Baclig Bay Point 925-458-2662
Brentwood Senior Center

193 Griffith Lane, Brentwood, CA 94513

Donna Martin Brentwood 925-516-5398
Concord Senior Center

2727 Parkside Circle, Concord, CA 94519

Anne Fisher Concord 925-825-1488
Crockett Community Center

850 Pomona Ave., Crockett, CA 94525

Dana Jividen Crockett 510-787-1341
Town of Danville

115 E. Prospect Avenue, Danville, CA 94526

Leah Madonich Danville 925-314-3430
El Cerrito Senior Center

10940 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

Mariya Limon El Cerrito 510-559-7677
Hercules Senior Center

111 Civic Drive, Hercules, CA 94547

Kristina Griffith Hercules 510-799-8219
Martinez Senior Center

818 Green Street, Martinez, CA 94553

Rita Wells Martinez 925-646-2598
North Richmond Senior Center

515 Silver Ave., North Richmond, CA 94801

Linda Woodards Richmond 510-255-7799
Pittsburg Senior Center

300 Presidio Lane, Pittsburg, CA 94565

Sandra McQuade/ Aloha Baker Pittsburg 925-439-2136
Pleasant Hill Senior Center

233 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Cassie Eternal Pleasant Hilt 925-798-8788
Richmond Senior Center

2525 Macdonald Ave., Richmond, CA 94801

Carlette Harris-Vigil Richmond 510-307-8087
Rodeo Senior Center

189 Parker Ave., Rodeo, CA 94572

Steven Longenbohn Rodeo 510-799-2706
Rossmoor

3400 Golden Rain Rd., Walnut Creek, CA 94595

Elena Ybarra Walnut Creek 925-988-7703
San Pablo Senior Adult Center

1943 Church Lane, San Pablo, CA 94806

Edith Figueroa San Pablo 510-215-3090
San Ramon Senior Center

9300 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon, CA 94583

Angie Roncagliolo/

Grace Stanfield/

Gigi Merritz

San Ramon 925-973-3250
Walnut Creek Community Center

1375 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Sherri Jeha / Cathy Tiza Walnut Creek 925-280-7310

Meals on Wheels Diablo Region (MOWDR)    (925)937-8311

Please note MOWDR provides Home delivered meals to Central and East County and operates CC Cafés in Walnut Creek, Rodeo, Crockett, Concord and Bay Point.

Home Delivered Meals- this essential service will continue uninterrupted, additional safety precautions have been enacted to ensure safe delivery. If someone is isolated and homebound without food, Senior Nutrition will try to accommodate these folks on existing routes that are not impacted.

 

ADDITIONAL FOOD RESOURCES

Fresh Approach’s Mobile Farmers’ Market will also continue to offer service as an essential food resource in the community. Market routes will be adapted to serve one site per city, for a longer period of time at those sites.

For the most updated schedules visit https://www.freshapproach.org/mobilemarket/#schedule. This week we are operating our Wednesday Richmond and Friday San Pablo routes at the following locations:

  • Wednesday, Richmond: 1 stop only — 10:00am – 2:00pm, Richmond Civic Center, at 440 Civic Center Plaza, between Barrett Ave & Nevin Way, Richmond
  • Friday, San Pablo:  1 stop only — 10:00am – 2:00pm, San Pablo City Hall, at 13831 San Pablo Ave, San Pablo

The Mobile Farmers’ Market offers fresh, local produce with a 50% discount for all residents who receive CalFresh, WIC, SSI/SSDI, Medi-Cal, food pantry services, or are identified as food-insecure via a short survey.

Emergency Food Distribution at Monument Crisis Center

Center will be distributing emergency groceries for anyone in need of emergency food for themselves and their families on the following dates:

Friday, March 20, 2020                9am-noon

Monday, March 23, 2020            9am-noon

Tuesday, March 24,2020 9am-noon

Raley’s- Senior Essentials Bay ($20) intended for seniors and at-risk customers in self-isolation or quarantine, team members will build as many Senior Essentials Bags as they can each night and put them in the front of their sores each day at 7 am. They will be available to customers each day depending on inventory levels and while supplies last. Items included in bags will be a mix of fresh items and pantry staples.

 

 Staying Connected during COVID-19

While sit-down meals at Contra Costa Cafes and other group activities are being cancelled to prevent the spread of COVID-19, alternative programs can provide connection if you are alone or feeling isolated. Below are free ways to learn something new or have a comforting chat with a trained volunteer.

Covia – Well Connected Program    Available to any older adults who are limiting their in-person interactions for safety reasons, but still want to be connected to others. Activities for older adults in Spanish and English are available from HOME via phone or computer.

Well Connected in English  Website: https://covia.org/services/wellconnected/

Current Catalog: https://covia.org/wpcontent/uploads/2019/12/Well-Connected-Winter2020-FINAL.pdf

English WC Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CoviaWellConnected/

Well Connected Español Website: https://covia.org/services/wellconnected/bien-conectado/

Current Catalog: https://covia.org/wpcontent/uploads/2019/12/WC-Espanol-Winter2020_FINAL-1.pdf

Spanish WCE Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CoviaWellConnectedEspanol

 

Assistance League of Diablo Valley – TeleCare

TeleCare provides a daily reassurance call to housebound people, for the health and welfare of the client, as well as for a friendly chat and exchange of ideas. Trained volunteers call clients Monday through Friday mornings, beginning at 9 a.m.

Call (925) 934-0901

https://www.assistanceleague.org/diablovalley/philanthropic-programs/telecare/

 

COVID -19   OFFICIAL RESOURCE GUIDE – Web Links

Main Link to all California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Guidance: March 12, 2020

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Guidance.aspx

Specific to Mass Gatherings: March 12, 2020

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/Gathering_Guidance_03.11.20.pdf

Contra Costa Health Services – Public Health Division Documents

For Providers: https://cchealth.org/coronavirus/#Providers

Area Agency on Aging: Meeting the Needs of our County’s Older Population

Our mission at the Contra Costa County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is to provide leadership in addressing issues that relate to older Californians, to develop community based systems of care that provide services which support independence within California’s interdependent society, and which protect the quality of life of older adults and persons with functional impairments, and to promote citizen involvement in the planning and delivery of service.

The AAA was formed in 1975 by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors to develop a system of care and support for adults aged 60 and older and adults with disabilities to lead independent and dignified lives in their own homes for as long as possible. Committed to identifying services and meeting unmet needs, the AAA works to coordinate existing programs and develop new services by partnering with community organizations and pursuing funding resources which would help to enhance or create new programs.

Area Plan Documents

Caring for Seniors

Adult Day Care is a social weekday program which provides stimulating activities in a supervised and protective setting for dependent adults aged 60 and older. Meals and snacks are provided and individualized plans of care are developed for each participant.

Ombudsman services include complaint investigation and resolution services to residents over the age of 60 residing in skilled nursing homes and residential care facilities.

Family Caregiver provider services are implemented by the AAA to addresses the specific needs of family members who provide care to an elderly relative. Through a network of agencies, family caregivers are provided with respite services, resource information, counseling, assistive living devices, and services to grandparents who are providing custodial care to a child.

Volunteers provide home visiting services to the frail elderly, and those who are isolated and homebound. The goal of the program is to reduce the risk of inappropriate institutionalization and provide comfort and reassurance.

Friendly Visitors  volunteers are screened and matched to isolated, home-bound seniors in need of social contact.  Visitors may assist with letter-writing, limited personal shopping, library services and outings among other activities.  Volunteers are also trained to conduct safety assessments and make referrals for various appropriate other services.

Home Care Registry provides referrals of seniors needing low cost chore services to home care agencies with whom SOS has agreements. The Registry program also provides care-givers, from its own list, for one-off emergency situations. SOS trains care-givers both for home care agencies and among its own providers and in the community at large.

Fall Prevention provides in-home Occupational Therapist assessments and evaluations for seniors at risk of falls and/or of being institutionalized due to inadequacies in the home.  The program further provides assistive devices and home modifications to enable seniors to remain safely in their homes. Additionally, the Fall Prevention Program provides “Tai Chi for Better Balance” classes, county-wide, as well as in the homes of home-bound seniors, to improve seniors’ balance and decrease instances of falls.

SNAP-ED is a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program providing ongoing Tai Chi classes at two low-income senior centers and teaches nutrition classes at several county locations.

In-Home Services Registry assists frail, elderly persons in Contra Costa County to reduce the risk of diminishing capacities to perform essential household and personal care tasks. Program staff recruit, screen and match Registry providers with clients.

Transportation Assistance

Volunteers provide assistance with transportation by running errands or transporting seniors to various appointments, shopping, or other needed trips, which would not be possible without this service.

Meal Programs

Our Senior Nutrition Program serves an average of 16,000 meals a month at 21 different café sites throughout Contra Costa County. Transportation is provided to these centers for those who cannot drive to a site on their own. A registered dietician presents nutritional education programs at each of the congregate meal sites.

More than 2,000 homebound seniors over 60 receive home delivered meals at least five days a week through the Senior Nutrition Program. On average, 19,000 meals are delivered each month to all areas of the county, from Richmond to Brentwood.

Health Insurance Counseling Services

Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) provides seniors and disabled people with free assistance with Medicare concerns, paperwork involving medical bills and claims, HMO’s, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, nursing home insurance and legal appeals.
HICAP provides individual counseling at convenient locations in Contra Costa County or at a person’s home, if needed. The counselors also help with problems regarding denial of medical care, insurance policy analysis and prescription drug coverage. HICAP is a program of the California Department of Aging and Contra Costa County.

Legal Services

Contra Costa Senior Legal Services offers free legal advice, information and representation to Contra Costa County seniors 60 years and older for civil matters concerning preservation of housing, consumer finance, and protection from elder abuse (restraining orders). Further information may be obtained from (925) 609-7900.

Money Management

The Diablo Valley Foundation for the Aging provides bill paying and money management services for seniors, who for a variety of reason, may need assistance every month paying their bills, depositing checks, recording all transaction and balancing accounts. These are provided by trained bill payers of Diablo Valley Foundation for the Aging.

Community Advocacy

The Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Aging (AAA) may have up to 40 members who advise the Area Agency on Aging and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. They act as advocates for older people and review the funding of program operations for seniors. Call Jaime Ray at 925-602-4172 if you are interested in becoming a member of the Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Aging.

AAA provides grass root economic support to three senior coalitions serving the western, central and eastern geographical regions of the county. The coalitions provide services specifically tailored to meet the needs and interests of their particular constituency.

  • West County Senior Coalition
  • Central County Senior Coalition
  • East County Senior Coalition

The Information and Assistance call center provides seniors and their families with information on community services and programs that help solve the problems faced by our older population. By linking people with appropriate services, the program empowers them to make good choices and enhance the quality of their lives. Services rendered include telephone counseling regarding available resources. Staff maintains up-to-date resource listings on areas of concern such as housing, transportation, care giving, adult day care programs, help in the home, and health issues. Information and Assistance provides resource guides, fact sheets and helpful literature.

We assist adults and people with disabilities to maximize self-sufficiency, safety and independence.

For more information on the Area Agency on Aging or other programs offered in our community, please call Information and Assistance at:

Land-line callers from inside Contra Costa County:
(800) 510-2020
Outside Contra Costa County or from cell phones:
(925) 229-8434

Other Helpful Links

From the National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging:
New Resources at the Administration on Community Living/Administration on Aging Nutrition Services
(OAA Title IIIC Page)

The Nutrition Services page on the Administration on Community Living’s website has been tremendously updated. If you haven’t visited it recently, please do!

New Resource from the National Institute on Aging
Free Web Content on Nutrition and Health

The National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health now offers a new, free tool. Use it to get credible, relevant health information for your website eliminating the need to write your own material or worry about updating it. The information—based on the latest scientific findings—will update automatically.
Topics available include: Alzheimer’s disease, Exercise for older people, Healthy eating after age 50, Falls, Diabetes, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Dietary supplements for older people, and more. Spanish and English versions are available.

For additional information on the Contra Costa County Area Agency on Aging and/or the Advisory Council on Aging, you may contact:

Anthony Macias at (925) 602-4175 or via fax (925) 602-4178
400 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
[email protected]