Brentwood COVID-19 Senior Resources

***Brentwood Senior Activity Center is now hosting a Coronavirus State Testing Site***

At this time the Brentwood Senior Activity Center is being used as a State Testing Site. Below are links to register for an appointment and more information about the testing and locations. 
Testing is available: Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 6:30 pm
Register Online 
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Brentwood COVID-19 Senior Resource Guide

The City of Brentwood Senior COVID-19 Resource Guide is a reference guide for seniors in our Community to find resources that they may need during the pandemic.
Please click the flyer below for more information:

Free Senior Classes/Events

The Good Life 
Promoting health and well-being for older adults throughout the East Bay and beyond.
Enroll in FREE classes today, class sessions start January-March. 
Exercise, Nutrition, Brain Health, Spirit, and  Resources 
Click the flyer below for more information:

Scams and Fraud
A free 1 hour program will give you the tools and tips you need to spot scams and stop them before they start. Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Please click the flyer for more information:

Creative Aging Symposium
This is a half-day symposium is an engaging exploration of identity shapes by community, how one's sense of self evolves over a lifetime, and how we make meaning out of life's joys, tragedies, and everyday moments. Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. Please click the flyer below for more information:

 

HOPE Program
A virtual presentation with the Brentwood Senior Activity Center will be held on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. You can register on the the Parks and Recreation page to register. Please click the flyer for more information:

Well Connected: Enriching Lives and Supporting Wellbeing
In this time of separation, Well Connected and Well Connected Español are here for you—to provide laughs, intellectual stimulation, inspiration, conversation, and more, all via groups you can join from home, by phone, or online at no cost to you.
Whether you like art or zoology, music or meditation, there is a program for you. Each Well Connected session offers groups and classes on a wide range of topics. You’re sure to find one that interests you. And Well Connected meets 365 days a year, so there’s always a chance to connect.
How does it work?
Well Connected members call in via a toll-free number at a set time each week, with some groups also offering the option to connect via computer, tablet, or mobile device. Most groups last 30 minutes to an hour with around 12 participants. Newcomers are always welcome! If you don’t feel like talking at first, you’re welcome to just listen as long as you’ve let the group know you’re there.
Download Current Catalog

Classes are also offered in Spanish. Please click the flyers below for more information:

  

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. Please click the flyer for more information:

Balance and flexibility: The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has free balance and flexibility videos. We’ve included links to them here.
6 Flexibility Exercises for Older Adults from Go4Life
3 Balance Exercises for Older Adults from Go4Life
6 Upper Body Strength Exercises for Older Adults from Go4Life
15-minute Sample Workout for Older Adults from Go4Life

AARP Tax Aide 
AARP Tax Aide is not offering their services at this time due to COVID-19 and the guidelines set by Contra Costa Health Services. Below you will find alternative resources for filing your taxes. 

VITA - FREE TAX Preparation
IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCA) programs offer free basic tax return preparation to qualified individuals.
VITA - This free service is on a drop-off basis only and you must make an appointment; call 925-252-2331. This service is located at 3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point, CA 94565.
DOCUMENTS YOU MUST BRIGN WITH YOU TO YOUR APPOINTMENT ARE AS FOLLOWED:
1. ID for you and your spouse
2. SS card or ITIN for everyone who will be on the tax return
3. All W2s, 1099s, SS retirement, 1098s and other tax forms
4. If you are self-employed, you must total your income, expenses and business mileage before your appointment
5. Health coverage form 1095A ONLY, they do not have to have B or C
6. Mortgage interest statement, mortgage insurance, and property taxes
7. Medical expenses & donations
8. Savings or checking account and routing numbers for direct deposit
9. Last year's tax return
10. Childcare provider information

Alzheimer's Association Services
24/7 Alzheimer's Association Helpline: 800-272-3900
Alzheimer's Association is available around the clock, 365 days a year. Through this free service, specialist and master's-level clinicians offer confidential support and information to people living with the disease, caregivers, families, and the public.
Contact the helpline day or night to:
Speak confidentially with master's-level care  consultants for decision-making support, crisis assistance and education on  issues families face every day.
Learn about symptoms of Alzheimer's and all other dementias.
Find out how to attend local programs and services like education programs and support groups, all  currently being offered by phone or webinar.
Get general information about legal, financial and care decisions, as well as treatment options for managing symptoms.
Receive help in your preferred language through our bilingual staff or translation services, which accommodate more than 200 languages.
Access support through our TTY service (TTY: 866-403-3073) if assistance is required via teletype device.

Contra Costa County Resources

Contra Costa County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) 
Our agency’s goal is to develop a system of care and support to help adults ages 60 and older and persons with disabilities maintain their independence. We serve as a hub for information and referral, and provide health insurance counseling. We also fund local services such as adult day care, home delivered meals, legal assistance, friendly visiting, assisted transportation, fall prevention, congregate meals, and family caregiver services. Information Phone: (925) 229-8434. Area Agency on Aging
Contra Costa Online Resource Database is now 211 Contra Costa www.211database.org

Contra Costa County Adult Protective Services Hotline 
Adult Protective Services (APS) responds to confidential reports from anyone who suspects that an elderly person or an adult with a disability (dependent adult) who lives in Contra Costa County is being abused or neglected or is self-neglecting. Our 24-hour hotline is staffed by social workers who respond to these calls and will walk the caller through a series of questions to determine if a situation requires APS intervention. When a case is opened in APS, an APS social worker will be assigned to the case and will go out to the home of the alleged victim to determine what services, if any, are needed. 
REPORTING ABUSE 
Anyone interested in obtaining more information or who wishes to report adult or elder abuse should call 24 hours a day: 
Landlines in Contra Costa, call toll free (877) 839-4347 
Cell Phones or outside Contra Costa, call (925) 602-4179 
Adult Protective Services

Contra Costa County Adult Senior Resource Guide
Click HERE to view the Senior Resource Directory that was produce by the Contra Costa County's Information and Assistance Program. 

Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) (925)  655-1391
HICAP provides free and objective counseling and advocacy services to families who need assistance with Medicare enrollment and with issues involving Medicare and associated insurance programs. For an appointment, call 925.516.5380.

Transportation

Below is a list of different transportation services for seniors.

Care.com - Senior Transportation in Brentwood
Care.com is an online provider to locate and schedule transportation. You can find a driver that fits your needs, for an average of $15.75/hr. Click HERE to start the search.

Daily Caring
Seniors need affordable transportation options 
Affordable senior transportation is essential for maintaining independence and health.  Without a reliable way to get to doctor’s appointments or buy food and household supplies, seniors can’t realistically remain in their homes as they age.   Social isolation is another big problem for seniors who don’t drive. It causes poorer quality of life and contributes to earlier death.  Having access to affordable transportation keeps older adults connected with family, friends, and their community. 
To keep seniors healthy and active, we’ve rounded up 6 local transportation options that help seniors get around. View the list HERE.

Mobility Matters - (925) 284-6161
To become a Rides for Seniors client, you must meet all the following qualifications: 
Age 60 or older 
Live in Contra Costa County 
Able to walk with the aid of a cane, walker, knee scooter, crutches, or elbow assistance 
Require escorted, door-through-door assistance 
Able to call in to request rides 
Unable to use other forms of transportation for medical care and basic necessities, like grocery shopping.
Apply for your rides HERE.