We continue to think of our extended ACCA family during this time and miss seeing all of you! It’s important for you to stay informed, stay active and stay connected during this time you are at home. We have compiled a list of resources for you and your loved ones to reference to do just that. From information hotlines to wellness activities, we hope these helpful resources assist you in the days to come. We look forward to the time when we can enjoy these types of activities together. Until then, please stay safe, stay well and reach out to us when you need us!
The following national retail chains have implemented mask mandates:
Bed Bath & Beyond
Rite AidSam’s Club
Please see individual corporate websites for exemptions. We at ACCA encourage you to reference the following beneficial resources such as CDC guidelines for older adults and continue to socially distance, wear masks in public and wash those hands! Please continue to stay safe and well!
Athens-Clarke County Resources
Athens-Clarke County COVID-19 Information
Message from Mayor Kelly Girtz, county updates.
Athens Community Council on Aging
During COVID-19, we are concentrating ACCA’s resources into the meals on wheels model of service delivery, focusing on three areas: food and basic needs, security checks and virtual social connections for all we serve. Please reach out to us by email or call 706.549.4850 if you need assistance.
Athens Free Clinic Hotline
If you do not have transportation or have other barriers to care, you may call the Athens Free Clinic mobile unit Mon-Fri, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm: 706.308.4092.
Athens Neighborhood Health Center
Free COVID-19 testing: walk in or call to make an appointment.
706.546.5526 – 675 College Avenue
706.543.1145 – 402 McKinley Drive
COVID-19 Mobile Clinic
Free testing in your neighborhood.
Health, financial and other resources for those affected by Coronavirus.
Jennings Mill Drug Company
Prescriptions delivered locally and in most cases with no physical contact. Call 706.621.5996 for more information.
Northeast Health District COVID-19 Screening Hotline
706.340.0996 available Mon-Fri, 8:00 am – 7 pm, Saturday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.
Public Utilities Water Business Office
Access to running water for handwashing is vital to slowing the spread of COVID-19. To curtail the transmission of the virus, the Public Utilities Department suspended water shut-offs for non-payment through May 13, 2020. Residents who have been disconnected for non-payment have had services restored. The Public Utilities Department may extend the date as needed. Please note that unpaid balances will still accrue on your account.
Currently providing rent assistance and can be reached at 706.548.8155. Visite la página para obtener información en español.
AARP Caregiving How-To Video Series
Videos on diet, managing incontinence, mobility, medications and wound care.
Advanced Care Planning
The Being Prepared in the Time of COVID resource offer instructions for advance planning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The resource includes a worksheet on page 2 with specific questions to assist individuals in creating their own advance care plan.
Memory Care Facilities
Memory Care Facilities is a free service that helps families who have loved ones with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Through their free search tool and nationwide database of memory care facilities, families who are in need of memory care for their loved ones are able to find licensed care homes and communities in their location which are best equipped to take care of their loved ones.
Northeast Georgia Area Agency on Aging
The Alzheimer’s Association
Offers 24/7 online support.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The Caregiver Support Program Information for Caregivers during COVID-19 fact sheet offers caregiver tips including topics applicable to all caregivers such as advance planning, how to protect yourself, and tips for stress management during an emergency.
American Red Cross
Coronavirus safety tips.
On Benefits.gov, you can find government benefits related to unemployment assistance, healthcare, food and nutrition. You can also use the Benefit Finder tool to find additional benefits you may be eligible for.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Reducing your risk, symptom checker, developing a care plan and information on face masks you can make at home. The CDC also has a webpage dedicated to COVID-19 and older adults.
CVS Drive-up COVID-19 Testing
Drive-up Coronavirus testing is available at 3595 Atlanta Highway Athens, GA 30606 – limited appointments now available to patients who qualify.
Hearing Loss and Masks
Individuals with hearing loss are at higher risk of miscommunication and at its worse, no communication. Learn how you can help those with hearing loss while they are wearing masks.
Hiring In-Home Services or Repairs
The CDC offers tips for staying safe and slowing the spread of COVID-19 while scheduling services or repairs inside the home. This may include installation and repair of plumbing, electrical, heating or air conditioning systems; paining; or cleaning services.
Georgia Department of Public Health
Guidance for individuals during COVID-19.
Georgia DCH Long-Term Care Facility COVID-19 Report
This report shows COVID-19 cases in licensed nursing homes, assisted living communities and personal care homes of 25 beds or more based on data reported by the facilities to the Georgia Department of Community Health.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCO)
ACCA’s LTCO program advocates for long term care facility residents in the East Georgia region. The LTCO program provides private and confidential information and resources as well as work towards complaint resolution for COVID-19 issues and any other care concern or question you may have about long term care. Recent LTCO blog written by ACCA’s Liz Schulze.
Medicare & Coronavirus
National Council on Aging
What older adults need to know.
National Council on Aging
Información, recursos y vídeos de COVID-19 en español.
State of Georgia Department of Human Services
Contact information and resources during COVID-19.
U.S. Food & Drug Administration
The COVID-19 resource page contains additional resources such as fact sheets, videos, podcasts, toolkits and articles.
World Health Organization
When and how to use masks.
Financial Information & Assistance
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau coronavirus landing page has links to information on mortgage and housing assistance, economic impact payments, managing finances, and scams.
A volunteer-based program that provides free, unbiased and factual information and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers with health and drug plans. GeorgiaCares is a public-private partnership, administered by the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Aging Services (DAS).
Internal Revenue Service
For those who don’t normally file a tax return, there’s a web tool that will allow you to quickly register so you can receive your Economic Impact Payment.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal program that helps low income households pay for heating or cooling their homes. This program will help you pay your energy bill for heating or cooling your home.
Supplemental LIHEAP funding will be distributed nationwide to help “prevent, prepare for, or respond to” home energy needs surrounding the national emergency created by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).” LIHEAP CARES will begin on July 1 in Georgia and is intended for applicants that have not received aid from either of the annual heating or cooling programs in FY 20.
To see if you qualify for this assistance, contact NINTH DISTRICT OPPORTUNITY, INC. at 770-532-3191.
Counties served: Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Dawson, Elbert, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, White.
Social Security Administration (SAA)
While their offices are not providing service to walk-in visitors due to COVID-19, SSA remains committed to providing ongoing benefits and vital services. You can speak with a representative by calling your local Social Security office or their National 800 number. They provide local office phone numbers conveniently online with their Social Security Office Locator. Many SSA-related tasks can be done online as well. Click here to reference their online services.
Tax Day – July 15
The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service extended the federal income tax filing due date to July 15, 2020.
Having trouble getting medications you need because of COVID-19? Good Pill can provide 3 months of your medications, FREE (and delivered). Get started by calling 1.888.987.5187 – open Mon-Fri 10 am – 6 pm.
Jennings Mill Drug Company can deliver prescriptions locally, and in most cases with no physical contact. Call 706.621.5996 for more information.
Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. The Federal Trade Commission has identified several of them and is offering tips to protect yourself and others. These include watching for emails claiming to be from the CDC saying they have information about the virus and ignoring online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges, or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure COVID-19 online or in stores.
12 experts within the federal government recently offered tips on how to not fall victim to scams during this time.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a number of scam text-message campaigns and “robocalls” offering free home testing kits, promoting bogus cures, selling health insurance, and preying on virus-related fears. The COVID Scams webpage offers information about avoiding and reporting scams.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
The Coronavirus Rumor Control webpage helps the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the page offers links and information on how to report scams to the Federal Trade Commission.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Tips on stress and coping with COVID-19.
Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline
How Seniors Can Stay Virtually Connected with Loved Ones
Senior Lifestyle has compiled the best social media, video platforms and apps for seniors to stay virtually connected.
Peer2Peer Warm Line
The warm line provides Georgians the opportunity to receive peer support over the phone 24 hours a day.
Staying Healthy During COVID-19
A comprehensive guide on ways you can stay healthy, and safe, during COVID-19 by blogger Erin Pearson.
What You Need to Know About Handwashing
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
45 Free Apps for Seniors to Promote Independence
A great resource to help older adults live independently and healthily. These apps can help keep track of your health, manage finances and stay connected with others.
The following internet providers are offering free Internet services: Spectrum/Charter and Comcast/Xfinity are offering internet access for free for 60 days.
Spectrum/Charter contact number: 1.844.488.8395
Comcast/Xfinity contact number: 1.855.846.8376
United States Census
Please take a moment and fill out the 2020 United States Census. Your response will help influence federal funding within our community and will help each and every generation.
List of activities, many can still be done safely during COVID-19.
Let’s go back to 1969 with Dick Clark and have a dance party in the living room!
Athens Regional Library System
Fill out their virtual bingo card by tapping into their online resources.
Broadway Shows Online
Watch Broadway shows at home as well as a selection of Cirque du Soleil performances.
NPR Music is compiling a list of live audio and video streams from around the world, categorized by date and genre, with links out to streaming platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
Great resources for E-Books.
Ways seniors can stay connected to others during COVID-19.
Dairy Farm Tours
Tour working dairy farms from the comfort of your home!
Cameras set up to see the aquatic animals. Sure to be a whale of a time!
Let’s Hit the Beach, Virtually
SPF not required!
Online word games
Try your hand at online word search and word scramble games.
Activities to keep your loved one with dementia engaged.
From nature walks to aquariums, Disney World and National Parks, you can visit them safely from your home.
Webster Dictionary Word of the Day
Master a new word each day!
ACCA Virtual all levels Hatha Flow yoga
Mondays at 3 pm via Zoom. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to hold your spot and to receive log-in information.
ACCA Virtual Chair Yoga
Wednesdays at 10 am via Zoom. RSVP to email@example.com to hold your spot and to receive log-in information.
Take a few moments for yourself today!
Piedmont Athens Regional
10-minutes Stretching for Stress Relief
18-minute Resistance and Strength Training
34-minutes Core Workout for All Levels
47-minute Yoga for stability, strength and flexibility
World Health Organization
Staying active during COVID-19.
Senior-focused exercise videos!
ACCA YouTube Channel
AARP Video for healthy knees
1 Mile Happy Walk Video
4-minute Yoga Dance
4-minute Disco Yoga Dance
20-minute exercise video
20-minute seated exercises
30-minute seated exercises
30-minute senior Zumba cardio workout
Senior Fitness with bands, weights