AARP in San Jose is Ready to Take on August 2020 with You!

Posted on 07/24/20 by Shea McCaslin

Although we may be distant, we don’t have to be apart. AARP in San Jose is here locally to help you take on August with local resources, information, virtual events and more. 

AARP ON COVID-19:  
In the face of the health crisis, AARP continues to provide information and resources to help individuals protect themselves from COVID-19 and prevent it from spreading to others. Visit aarp.org/coronavirus and in Spanish at aarp.org/elcoronavirus to find free resources on caregiving, health, financial security and more. AARP also partnered with Governor Newsom and the California Department of Aging to create a California for ALL Resource card, a one-stop information guide on COVID-19 for ALL Californians – but especially older adults. Learn more and download the card in English, Spanish or Chinese HERE.  

 
LOCAL VIRTUAL EVENTS: 
San Jose Jazz Live From Home – Virtual Jazz Concerts: August 6th & 27th  
Join us on the first and third Thursday of each month for the for Live From Home concert series brought to you by San Jose Jazz in partnership with AARP California! Enjoy FREE live musical performances, from national and international artists, from the comfort of your own home. Performances will stream via San Jose Jazz’s FacebookYouTube and Twitch at 7 p.m. PT. Learn more HERE.  

Mother and daughter dancing at home

Please note, this is not an AARP hosted event. Any information you provide to the host organization will be governed by its privacy policy. 

KBLX Self-Care Soul Sessions with Nikki Thomas – Virtual Meditations & More: August 13th & 27th  
Join us for Self-Care Soul Sessions with Nikki Thomas presented by AARP California. Take 30-minutes for yourself to practice self-care from the comfort of your own home! Participate in guided live-yoga and meditations and learn about resources and tools to help you during these challenge times. Join us live on Facebook Thursday, August 13th and 27th from 5:30-6 p.m. PT by following and visiting 102.9 KBLX or AARP California’s Facebook pages. Learn more HERE.

Caregiving During Uncertain Times Virtual Workshop: August 13th
We know that caring for a loved one is challenging during the best of circumstances. Navigating what to do and how to do it is harder now than ever before. Join us for a FREE virtual workshop where we’ll help you through this journey by sharing tips and resources to help you and your loved one during these times. Learn more and register HERE.

Chat with Silicon Valley Pride Virtually: August 27th  
Join us for an interactive Facebook live chat with representatives from the Santa Clara County Office of LGBTQ Affairs and the Silicon Valley Pride Festival! Learn about community resources and how you can celebrate Silicon Valley Pride virtually this year. Join us live on Thursday, August 27th from noon-12:30 p.m. PT by following and visiting AARP California’s Facebook page.

The New Job Search Virtual Workshop: August 28th
Are you looking for a new job or considering a career change? New opportunities mean new things to learn. Get started by attending our free virtual workshops where you can learn skills and connect to local resources. Learn more and register HERE.


COMMUNITY MEETINGS: 
Walking Safe in San Jose: August 20th
Join California Walks, the San José Department of Transportation and AARP for a live webinar to learn more about safe walking practices and how to report safety concerns to the City of San José. During this webinar, you will also have the opportunity to express any concerns in your neighborhood. Join live on August 20th from 1:30-2:30 p.m. PT using the Zoom link HERE.  


LOCAL RESOURCES: 
Food and Meal Services   
Throughout the greater Bay Area, Meals on Wheels is working hard to provide food delivery to older adults and those in need. Find your county’s program contact information below: 

  • Alameda County, call 510-865-6131 or click HERE.  
  • Contra Costa County, call 866-669-6697 or click HERE.  
  • Marin County, call 415-457-4636 or click HERE.  
  • Napa County, call 707-253-6100 or click HERE.  
  • San Francisco County, call 415-355-6700 or click HERE.  
  • San Mateo County, 800-675-8437 or click HERE.  
  • Santa Clara County, call 408-961-9870 or click HERE.  
  • Solano County, call 707-425-0638 or click HERE.  
  • Sonoma County, call 707-565-2241 or click HERE.  

For additional information on resources being offered throughout California, click HERE.  

The provided links will direct you to a third-party vendor. Any information provided will be governed by the vendor’s privacy policy. 


AARP RESOURCES: 
Fraud and Scam Prevention 
AARP’s Fraud Watch Network works to stop fraud and scams and protect individuals, especially as criminals leverage pandemic fears to take advantage of victims. If someone suspects a scam, they should call the toll-free AARP Fraud Watch helpline at 877-908-3360 to report it. Individuals can also visit aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork for news, tips, and online learning videos on how to spot and stop common scams. You can also find live virtual events, like the Separating Fact from Fiction Facebook live broadcast offered on August 6th, by following and visiting the AARP Programs Facebook page. 

Caregiving 
AARP supports millions of family caregivers by providing free resources and tools. View and download the AARP Prepare to Care caregiving guide, offered in English, Spanish and Chinese at aarp.org/caregiving. The website also features six questions loved ones should ask nursing homes during the health crisis, steps for caregivers worried about the crisis, legal tips for caregivers during COVID-19, and much more. Individuals taking care of a loved one can also call the AARP Caregiver Support Line at 877-333-5885. 

Connecting Virtually: How to Video Call Using Various Platforms  
Want to stay connected with friends and family by seeing them virtually but aren’t sure how? Try watching one of the following short video tutorials that demonstrate how you can stay in touch with loved ones through video chat.  

  • Learn how to use Zoom HERE
  • Learn how to use FaceTime HERE. 
  • Learn how to use Skype HERE. 
  • Learn how to use Facebook Video HERE. 

VOLUNTEERING: 
Join the AARP San Jose Advocacy Team (SJAT) – now more than ever, your voice is critical in the effort to safeguard the programs and services important to people ages 50+ and their families in our community. AARP SJAT volunteers serve as AARP’s local points-of-contact with their respective city councilmembers and advocate on vital issues that matter most to older adults. You do not need special expertise to join the team – AARP will provide formal training to all volunteers and will compensate for approved costs while volunteering.  

AARP San Jose Volunteers

Volunteers will commit to working approximately one to two hours a week. Until further notice, all activities will be managed virtually, and any in-person activities will align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local public health agency guidelines and recommendations.  

If you are interested in joining the volunteer team, here’s what to do: 

  • Learn more and complete the volunteer application HERE by August 15, 2020 (NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE)
  • Upon completion, an AARP staff member will reach out to you. 

Check back the first of every month to learn about new AARP offerings in San Jose and the Greater Bay Area.  

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You can find CDC’s latest coronavirus information at cdc.gov/coronavirus; AARP information and resources are at aarp.org/coronavirus. En español, visite aarp.org/elcoronavirus.