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Updated January 25, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Information will be rolling out in the coming weeks about the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine. Right now, there is a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine, but supply will increase in the weeks and months to come. Long term care residents and older adults are among one of the first groups who will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Follow our COVID-19 Resource page for the latest information on the vaccine as it rolls out.
Helpful Vaccine Information:
County Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine Registries
Local county health departments are creating registries for residents to sign up to receive information about the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine in their county. These registries are free and do not require any personal or confidential information.
Symptoms of COVID-19:
These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure
What you can do to slow the spread:
Stores with special shopping hours for older adults:
Aldi: Aldi will open at 8:30 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays for vulnerable shoppers including older adults, expectant mothers and those with underlying health conditions
Caputo’s: Older adults and immunocompromised individuals are welcome to shop Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 AM to 7:30 AM
Costco: Costco will have a shopping hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 AM to 9 AM that is designated to members who are over 60 years old or have physical disabilities
Dollar General: First hour of operations will be dedicated to older adults. Check with your local store for hours of operation
Jewel-Osco: Older adults are welcome to shop Tuesdays and Thursdays between 7 to 9 AM
Mariano’s: Older adults are welcome to shop daily from 6 AM to 8 AM
Meijer: Special hours for older adults on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 AM to 8 AM
Pete’s Fresh Market: Older adults are welcome to shop Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 8 AM
Target: Older adults and people with health issues will be allowed to shop one hour before stores open on Wednesday mornings
Whole Foods: Whole Foods Market stores will service customers who are 60 and older one hour before opening to the general public
Walmart: From March 24 through April 28, Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older. This will start one hour before the store opens. Pharmacies and Vision Centers will also be open during this time
Woodmans: Older adults are welcome to shop from 6 AM to 8 AM
Mental Health Resources:
Call4Calm – The Illinois Department of Human Services’ Mental Health Division has launched a free-of-charge emotional support text line, Call4Calm, for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19.
Individuals who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text “TALK” to 5-5-2-0-2-0, or for Spanish, “HABLAR” to the same number: 5-5-2-0-2-0. Call4Calm is free to use, and individuals will remain anonymous.
Once a resident sends a text to the hotline, within 24 hours they will receive a call from a counselor employed by a local community mental health center to provide support.
Individuals can also text 5-5-2-0-2-0, with key words such as “unemployment” or “food” or “shelter” and will receive information on how navigate and access supports and services.
Coping with Anxiety during COVID-19
Food for Older Adults:
Making sure older adults receive the nutrition they need during the Coronavirus pandemic is top priority in Illinois. We want to ensure the health, safety and welfare of older adults during this time. Because of this, the home delivered meals program is being expanded to include anyone who is 60 or older. Meals are available on a temporary basis until further notice. There is a Care Coordination Unit in each county that can help you sign up for meals. To receive meals yourself or to learn more about getting meals for a loved one, click here.
During the shelter in place order, select Community Dining locations are providing carry out meals for older adults. If you are interested in carry out meals,
Any older adult who is concerned about accessing food or experiencing other concerns during this unprecedented event, is encouraged to reach out to the Care Coordination Unit in their county for assistance.
Use the locator map to find a food pantry or soup kitchen near you:
Mobile food pantries open to the public:
Community dining sites are available with “to-go” meals, find a location near you:
Northern Illinois Food Bank Agency Closures:
SNAP Recipients – As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made adjustments to the SNAP program to provide benefits to those in need. See the adjustments made to the program using the link below:
Protecting Your Finances:
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
Information and resources to protect and manage your finances
Protecting your Finances during the Coronavirus Pandemic
Recognize and prevent fraud and scams during the Coronavirus pandemic
Beware of Scams Related to the Coronavirus
Senior Medicare Patrol – COVID-19 Consumer Tip Sheet
If you can’t make your mortgage payments because of hardships due to the Coronavirus, start by understanding your options and reaching out for help
Guide to Coronavirus Mortgage Relief Options
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – Information on COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments and other tax relief programs
Social Security Administration – Latest COVID-19 related updates for Social Security Recipients
Beware of COVID-19 Scams:
Beware of fake claims, deals and websites offering home testing kits, medical supplies, vaccines and cures (there currently are none)
Information for the LGBT+ Older Adult Community:
Howard Brown Health: One of the nation’s largest LGBT organizations providing health and social services to LGBTQ individuals of all ages – currently offering virtual programs for LGBT older adults and caregivers. Learn more at: https://howardbrown.org/service/aging-services/
Trans Lifeline Hotline: (877) 565-8860
Senior Rainbow Assistance Program: Mission is to provide temporary assistance for LGBTQ seniors experiencing temporary hardships due to medical or financial concerns
Center Link – The Community of LGBT Centers: https://www.lgbtcenters.org/LGBTCenters
Aids Foundation of Chicago – HIV Resource Hub + COVID-19 Financial Assistance: https://www.aidschicago.org/page/our-work/care-services/hiv-resource-hub
SAGEConnect – Matches LGBTQ elders with community members and allies for friendly calls and companionship: https://www.sageusa.org/sageconnect/
Open Door Health Center of Illinois – Open Door is a regional, patient-centered health care organization that provides services including education, prevention, diagnosis and treatment services to those who have or are at risk for Sexually Transmitted Infections, including HIV/AIDS, in addition to the greater LGBTQ community.
Staying Connected While Staying at Home:
If you are an older adult or a caregiver and need assistance, contact AgeGuide at (800) 528-2000
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