The Alliance for Aging has been deeply engaged in assisting thousands of older adults and adults with disabilities throughout Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties since the outbreak of the COVID 19 crisis. Our Helpline, in our Aging and Disability Resource Center, has been processing calls for information and assistance and ensuring that people are receiving food and other home and community-based services that they need. Our contract management and fiscal staff have been working with our network of service providers to transition over 9,000 elders from senior centers and other congregate meal sites and adult daycare centers to receiving meals and supportive services in their own homes. Most of our staff are working remotely to ensure they are safely assisting our community throughout this crisis. For more information on the Alliance, click on the tab “About Us” and throughout our website to learn more about programs and services available in both counties.
The Alliance for Aging has initiated several new programs for older adults needing services as a result of COVID-19. The programs include home-delivered meals to individuals over the age of 60 who have problems preparing nourishing meals each day or who cannot go to the grocery store because of the risks of the pandemic. Other services are also available. For more information, click here.
The Alliance is a founding member of The Age-Friendly Community Initiative, part of a worldwide effort consisting of many local partners in our community. It is designed to advocate for and promote changes in local policies and programs to ensure that our community is fully responsive to the needs and priorities of older adults. The summary of resources below that are available to older adults throughout the crisis is taken from the website of the Age-Friendly Community.
An age-friendly community is one that cares for the needs of all community members, no matter their age or ability.
Now more than ever we are seeing the importance of addressing the needs of our most vulnerable populations. Older adults are at a higher risk of suffering debilitating health effects of COVID-19 and our community is coming together to address some of the needs that are arising.
The Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative has compiled a list of COVID-19 related resources for older adults, organizations, and municipalities to have available and share.
We will be updating and adding links periodically. Please view the resources below:
MIAMI-DADE COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR OLDER ADULTS
Think You Have the Virus and Need to Get Tested?
- Miami-Dade County is hosting testing centers for older adults. You can view regular updates, including a list of testing sites on the county website.
- For those living in the City of Miami, the City will be testing homebound Miami residents ages 65 and older. City staff will first reach out to low-income senior towers. Call 305-960-5050 to make an appointment.
Are You Aware of an Older Adult Who Has Problems Getting Meals?
If you are or know of an older adult who has any problems getting meals, you can call the County’s 311 Call Center by dialing 311 or 305-468-5900 to get emergency meals. Or, you can call the Alliance for Aging Helpline at 305-670-4357 to find out how to get meals delivered to your home.
Are you are concerned about paying for electricity?
EHEAP is a program that provides assistance for home energy emergencies to qualified, low-income households with at least one person 60 years of age or older. Applicant households must meet financial eligibility guideline , and have an imminent energy crisis. A crisis may be an impending cut-off of utility services or an unusually hot or cold season energy expense, resulting in a past due account.
In an effort to help Miami-Dade County residents applying for state unemployment benefits, especially those who do not have computers at home, the Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) will be providing printed copies of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Reemployment Assistance Applications at 26 library locations beginning Wednesday, April 8. For more information and drop-off locations, review the news release. Residents can also download and print a copy of the application from DEO’s website and return it to any participating library’s book drop.
Stay Updated on COVID-19 in Miami-Dade County
Miami-Dade’s 311 Contact Center is the best place to get information or be directed to services. You can find all the ways to reach this service here: https://www.miamidade.gov/global/311.page.
The Helpline is often the first point of contact for seniors, caregivers, and professionals seeking information and guidance through the network of service delivery. Helpline staff advocate for clients who are in need of additional assistance in finding services. To access this database, called REFER, click here or contact a Helpline Specialist at 305-670-HELP (4357).
Looking for the closest testing center or age-friendly food access including stores with senior-only grocery shopping hours?
- Drive-through COVID-19 testing sites
- Food assistance (including some specifically for seniors)
- Availability on senior-only grocery shopping hours
- Mental Health Services (including virtual services)
RESOURCES FOR OLDER ADULTS AND CAREGIVERS
Practice Social Distancing, Not Social Isolation
Check out this article from the American Psychological Association to learn more about the psychological impact of social distancing and ways to cope. The APA site also has information about self-care for older adults. Also, if you are or know of low-income older adults that have internet-enabled devices and can benefit from WiFi in their homes, Comcast at 855-846-8376 is offering two months of free internet service so you can stay connected.
Need Assistance with Medicaid or Medicare?
SHINE is a free program offered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the Alliance for Aging. Specially trained volunteers in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties can assist with Medicare, Medicaid and health insurance questions by providing one-on-one counseling and information. English: 305-670-6500, extension 11256 | Español: 305-670-6500, extension 11276
Looking for Legal Services?
The Senior Legal Helpline provides free legal advice and brief services by telephone to eligible Florida residents age 60 and older, for civil (not criminal) legal problems. To contact the Senior Legal Helpline call 1-888-895-7873.
Are You a Care Provider?
The National Association of Home Care and Hospice has put together some Coronavirus Resources, including interactive tools and webinars. You can also assist a home-bound senior by setting them up with Umbrella: a community platform that helps older adults age in place that is offering grocery delivery and medication pick-up for people age 60+.
Disability and Mental Health Support
Support is available to help functionally impaired older adults through the Alliance for Aging’s contracted provider network. To find out more information contact 305-670-4357.
NAMI is offering free virtual support groups for individuals dealing with mental health challenges. Learn more on their website.
An Accurate Census Can Help Communities Become More Livable for People of All Ages
Filling out the 2020 Census is a perfect at-home activity. We can respond online, over the phone, or by mail – all without having to meet a census worker. NYAM’s “Get Out the Count” toolkit outlined strategies for developing a census outreach approach. Visit AARP’s Census page for a timeline and additional information.
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY RESOURCES
Miami-Dade County Emergency Orders
Miami-Dade County have released emergency orders specific to older adults.
Stay Updated on COVID-19:
- Main Resource Page for Miami-Dade County Government COVID-19 Information and Updates
- Daily COVID-19 Video Update from Mayor Carlos A Gimenez
- Miami-Dade County Government COVID-19 Print Resources Available in 3 Languages (English, Haitian Creole, Spanish) About Prevention and Symptoms
311 CONTACT CENTER
The 311 Contact Center provides a fast, simple and convenient way for you to get information on local government services.
FLORIDA STATE RESOURCES
- Florida State Department of Health
- The Florida Department of Elder Affairs
GOVERNMENT & NATIONWIDE RESOURCES
- CDC: What Symptoms to Watch Out For
- AARP Coronavirus Resources
- Alliance for Healthy Aging: Common Questions and Answers About COVID-19 for Older Adults and People with Chronic Health Conditions
- Administration for Community Living: COVID-19 Guidance
- IRS: The deadlines to FILE and PAY federal income taxes are extended to July 15, 2020. Also, learn more about the economic impact payments here.
- Learn more about scams: FTC Consumer Information
- Where to Report Coronavirus Scams: DOJ National Elder Fraud Hotline: 1-833-FRAUD-11(1-833-372-8311)
EXTENDED: The fourth AARP Community Challenge grant program has
extended the deadline for applications until May 15, 2020 (11:59 pm ET).
Since 2017, AARP has funded 376 projects in all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Challenge grants will support quick-action projects that spark change and help improve communities for people of all ages in key livability areas of public spaces, transportation, smart cities, civic engagement, housing, and other innovative projects.
Winning grants will be announced in August and all projects must be completed by December 18. Please note, these reflect new dates as we extended the Challenge timeline in response to the Coronavirus and to allow communities more time to prepare their applications.
AARP’s website includes information about the recently passed Stimulus, a Coronavirus Tele-Town Hall, a checklist for older adults during COVID-19 and several other resources: http://www.aarp.
The Alliance for Aging
The Alliance for Aging is helping older adults with home energy emergencies, Medicare and Medicaid support, a referral services helpline, (see links in the resources section above) and has compiled some factsheets on prevention and staying safe, in English, Spanish, and Creole: https://
Florida Department of Health
Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County is tracking COVID-19 statistics for the county. Visit their site for updates on essential services that the Department is continuing to provide: http://miamidade.
Health Foundation of South Florida
Read an important message from the Health Foundation of South Florida http://www.hfsf.org/,
For updates from Miami-Dade County, including testing sites and Emergency Orders, visit https://www.miamidade.
Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization
Read about transportation-related updates related to COVID-19 from the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization, including limited schedules on many transportation routes in Miami-Dade County in this week’s newsletter: http://www.
United Way of Miami-Dade
Urban Health Partnerships
- Miami-Dade now has 9 Age-Friendly Communities! Municipalities in Miami-Dade that have joined the network to date: Miami-Dade County, Coral Gables, Cutler Bay, City of Miami, Miami Lakes, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, Miami Beach, and Miami Gardens. You can see a full list of age-friendly communities around the country here.)
- If you are interested in becoming an age-friendly community, please visit our Age-Friendly Municipalities page here to learn more.
About The Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative
The Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative is a collaborative effort focused on sustainable changes and efforts in order to create a community where older adults of all ages can stay active, engaged, and healthy with dignity and enjoyment.