Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2017

Alliance on Aging

Mission

A Community Leader and Advocate, the Alliance on Aging’s mission is to provide services and resources that address the challenges and opportunities of aging. We promote independence, dignity, and well-being for the older adults of Monterey County.

The Big Idea

The Alliance on Aging will provide mobile services throughout the county to ensure that seniors have access to services ( Medicare Counseling, discounts, information, tax help) to benefit them.

For the first time in our 47 years of service, we will be bringing our senior services directly to seniors in rural and underserved areas. Why? We have found that the lack of transportation has prevented many seniors from utilizing the very services that would assist them—e.g., Medicare counseling on drug and prescription plans, tax preparation for refunds, food and utilities discounts and many more. Monterey County is one of the largest counties in California, and its mostly rural agricultural land. People are widely disbursed and there is little public transportation between areas.

In early 2018, we will be purchasing a vehicle that will serve as our “mobile unit”, equipped to operate as a “mobile” office and to serve clients immediately. To assist us in this endeavor, we will be partnering with local organizations in the targeted areas to help us reach out to these seniors. All services will be provided in both English and Spanish, at no cost to the seniors.

Our end goal? To ensure that no senior is left behind.

This will be a multi-year project.

My name is Joe Moreno. I was born and raised right here in Salinas. I am 69-years-old and have faced many challenges as I have gotten older: diabetes, lower back pain and living with Parkinson’s disease. My neighbors who live in the senior apartments struggle with similar and sometimes, more worrisome physical, emotional and financial hardships related to aging. Additionally, like me, many seniors are living with some sort of disability and ask themselves, “How do I stretch what little dollars I have for the month?” All of these challenges and thoughts are a recipe for sadness, loneliness, and hopelessness. With Alliance on Aging, I know hope is a phone call away. They have helped me and many of my friends connect with services. I cannot express enough my gratitude for the services of Alliance on Aging. Like family, I trust and rely on them for support and help.

— Joe Moreno, Age 69, Salinas