The #SeniorCheckIn campaign encourages us to reach out to any senior we know over the phone or through FaceTime during this crisis. Whether you chat while having your morning coffee or call to discuss a book or movie you both enjoy, please continue engaging with one another. Most of us have been inconvenienced in some way or another due to this crisis, but our elderly population and those with underlying conditions especially need to know that we are there for them. Share how you are doing your #SeniorCheckIn on social media and encourage others to do the same.
If you learn that a senior who usually eats at a community center has not been enrolled in that center's meal delivery program, please have them call 311 to sign up for the County's meal delivery service.
The following retailers have instituted special shopping hours for our seniors to get their groceries and essentials without compromising their health:
• Target: The first hour of opening on Wednesdays is reserved for seniors and those with underlying health conditions. Check your local store for times.
• Publix: Beginning March 24, the store will open Tuesdays and Wednesday 7 am to 8 am for people 65 years or older. This includes the pharmacy.
• Sedanos: Open 7 am to 8 am for those 65 and older and those who are immunocompromized.
• Winn-Dixie: Open 8 am to 9 am, Monday-Friday, for the elderly and at-risk.
Danny Reyes, the District 5 Constituent Advocate, has been checking in with building managers and association members to make sure that all residents are receiving meals and have access to everything they need. He has also taken a few minutes to call and Facetime our senior constituents who have had limited social contact since their community activities have been cancelled. If you know a senior who needs home delivered meals during this crisis, please have them call 311 to sign up for the County's meal delivery service. How are you doing your #SeniorCheckIn?