During these times of uncertainty, it is important now, more than ever, that we come together as a Y movement to remain connected and foster a sense of community. While facing this unprecedented circumstance and knowing that our older adult population is more susceptible to the COVID-19 virus, we want you to know that we are doing everything we can to help make this group feel connected, heard, comforted, and loved.
Below, we have compiled a list of resources that may be helpful for our older adult population. As a Y, it is our responsibility to ensure that our seniors get all of the help and resources that they may need during this unsettling time.
A growing number of stores are stepping up and offering special shopping hours for Nevada’s most vulnerable to complications from COVID-19. Here’s a roundup companies that have announced special hours so far. This list will update daily. Please check THIS LINK for current listing of stores and locations.
Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, 3640 N. 5th St., Suite 140, is giving food to seniors 60+ Monday to Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Photo ID required. They are also delivering emergency food bags to housebound senior citizens 60+; call 702-633-7264 to make arrangements.
Three Square remains committed to assisting seniors. Those 60 years of age and older who need food assistance are encouraged to call 702-765-4030 Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., where they will speak with a caring Advocate to determine which program, service or resource is best for them. Advocates can also assess seniors for SNAP and provide information on nearby pantries that are dedicated to seniors, or home delivery for those in need. You can also visit THIS LINK.
Join The Just One Project’s Pop and Give Mobile Food Pantry. Please bring sturdy bags, carts or baskets to fill with food. There are no requirements. CLICK HERE to view locations and times.
SHARE Village is extending its food pantry operating hours. The pantry is now open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to assist those laid off or furloughed because of COVID-19. The food pantry is located on 50 N 21 Street, near Fremont and Eastern. CLICK HERE to learn more.
In addition to delivery services offered through stores, Instacart may be another alternative to grocery delivery. CLICK HERE to learn more.
A $19.99 offer for new Starter internet customers with a temporary boost up to 50 Mbps download speeds, no annual contract or qualifications to help low income and those impacted from Coronavirus challenges, like seniors and college students. CLICK HERE to get started.
NV Energy says it will work with customers who are impacted economically by COVID-19 by waiving deposits and fees for late payments and providing payment plans as needed. If you experience a financial hardship or isolation due to the coronavirus, please call an NV Energy customer service representative at 702-402-5555.
To help the community during this challenging time, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) is EXPANDING SERVICE HOURS ON ALL SILVER STAR ROUTES. With more stores offering extended hours for senior citizens and those with underlying medical issues, we want to help you get there safely. For more information, visit THIS LINK.
Social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation. Head out to park near you to take a walk and get some exercise. CLICK HERE to find a park near you.
Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford warns of scams to avoid during this time of vulnerability. CLICK HERE to view.
Join Nextdoor and learn about their help map, to offer help or get help from your neighbors. CLICK HERE to view.
Please visit THIS LINK to get connected to community resources including housing, utility and mortgage assistance, food pantries and served meals and mass shelter options. Additional resources from United Way can be found HERE.
Are you safe? Are you co-quarantined with an abuser? Are you worried about self-isolating from COVID-19/Coronavirus in a dangerous home situation? Please reach out. It is okay to ask for help if you are being abused or suspect someone is being abused.
The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health has free, online education, therapeutic and support events available for the entire community. CLICK HERE to view their calendar of events.
You can file your unemployment insurance claim online at http://ui.nv.gov seven days a week, at any time. Consider filing your claim during non-peak hours, such as at night, early mornings or on weekends. A new DETR Instructional Unemployment Insurance (UI) video in English and Spanish that guides claimants through resetting their PIN is now available for viewing on YouTube: CLICK HERE to view.
The Health District has extended hours for its information line at (702) 759-INFO (4636) for people to ask questions about Coronavirus. The hours are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In addition, the YMCA of Southern Nevada is excited to launch our new Senior Outreach Initiative! We understand that this is a very scary, confusing and uncertain time for our senior population. The Y hopes to be able to help comfort our Active Older Adults and foster a sense of “staying connected” during this crisis.
In the coming weeks, Y staff, members and volunteers will be assigned a “Senior Buddy,” chosen from our existing Y membership base, to check in with on a frequent basis. Our senior members who are interested in participating in this initiative will receive frequent phone calls, texts messages, FaceTime/Skype calls and/or emails from a caring Y staff member or volunteer.
These “wellness checks” will serve as a reminder to our Active Older Adults that the Y is here to emotionally support them during the closure, and will be here for them in the case that any needs arise. Our volunteers will be checking on their general welfare and noting any items or resources that our senior members may need. Our overarching goal is to keep them connected to our Y community.
Anyone interested in joining our Senior Outreach Initiative to help us reach out to our seniors at the Y, please register at THIS LINK. Just one phone call can help brighten a senior’s day.
We want to take this opportunity for all Active Older Adults to continue focusing on their health & wellness at home! Our partner, SilverSneakers, offers a wide variety of FREE workouts on their Facebook page. You can view those by following THIS LINK. You’ll find everything on the “videos” tab. Please let us know if you find a new favorite exercise!
In addition, we have multiple other FREE at-home workout resources, for every fitness level! Be sure to check out all of our at-home workout resources – CLICK HERE!
If you are a senior in our community who needs our help, regardless if you are a Y member or not, please reach out to us. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, thoughts, or concerns. Social responsibility is one of the pillars of our mission, and since 1944, we have existed to serve our Las Vegas community. We will get through this together.