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A special message from Secretary Rona E. Kramer to older adults during the COVID-19 global pandemic:
Released ​March 16, 2020:

Released ​​March 23, 2020:

Released ​​May 22, 2020:​
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 ​​​For more videos, see below!
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For more information about COVID-19, visit:

https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/​

 
 

Please read: Frequently Asked Questions: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Older Adults:

 

 
The Maryland Department of Aging has implemented a new statewide Caregiver Services Corps (CSC) program, with the goal of enabling older adults to remain in their homes with the support systems in place to do so.

The objectives of the service include:
  • Providing back-up support to informal caregivers of older adults (family or friends) who are unable to provide care due to their own illness, exposure to COVID19, or other temporary constraint.
  • Providing access to volunteers who can assist older adults who, due to the impacts of COVID19, have suddenly found they need help with everyday tasks.
  • Preventing hospitalizations of older adults that may be a result of lack of needed care in their homes. 
 


Sign up for Senior Call Check here​ or call 1-866-50-CHECK:

The Senior Call Check program is a free resource to MD residents over 65+ and we recommend all seniors use the program as a resource during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Senior Call Check phone lines are open M-F 8 am-5 pm and Saturday 9 am-3 pm.  During these hours, seniors can call toll-free 1-866-50-CHECK (1-866-502-0560) and register with a live agent.  Registration is also available online 24/7, click here​. ​

  • The verification and enrollment process can be completed within 24 hours Monday – Saturday.
  • We will provide messages and updates regarding the COVID-19 outbreak where to find support if you need it.
  • Trained volunteers are outreaching to participants with the option of live weekly calls. The State of Maryland is listening to the needs and concerns of our older residents, in real time, and we will connect you to essential services and supports. ​
  • Finally, regarding our emergency preparedness for handling possible disruption from COVID-19, we can provide you information at this time of need.

Please read program details here: https://aging.maryland.gov/Pages/senior-call-check.aspx​

 
 


Additional resources:
MAP Link 1-844-MAP-LINK (1-844-627-5465) https://www.marylandaccesspoint.info/​
Maryland Unites webpage, including Maryland helping Marylanders:
https://governor.maryland.gov/marylandunites/ 
CDC video on COVID-19: What Older Adults Need to Know https://youtu.be/TjcoN9Aek24​
ACL Administration for Community Living "What do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know?" https://acl.gov/COVID-19​
Food resources shared by the National Council of Aginghttps://www.ncoa.org/blog/where-to-get-food-help-now/  

Senior Shopping Hours Senior Shopping Hours.pdfSenior Shopping Hours.pdf


Video PSAs Regarding the COVID-19 and Older Adults from Secretary Kramer:

YouTube Playlist (view all):

 
Long PSA released May 22, 2020, 11:13 minutes: https://youtu.be/repS46NiNQ0  
Long PSA released March 23, 2020, 9:23 minutes: https://youtu.be/zmeQF9AgAkI​
Long PSA released March 16, 2020, 7:47 minutes: https://youtu.be/Hh78OddX9d0

:30 PSA *New as of May 22, 2020:

Behavioral Health: https://youtu.be/QCXdHYebtm8
Caregiver Services Corps: https://youtu.be/x8FOIRyOjzo
Census Importance: https://youtu.be/8_KSByMXUtQ
Community for LifeSMhttps://youtu.be/BYRTIbPr6FQ 
Fraud Prevention: https://youtu.be/I25bBMydIEQ
Medications and Caregiving: https://youtu.be/9aBLpdfMiMg
Senior Call Check Enhancements: https://youtu.be/2orzt2P82f4
Social Connectedness: https://youtu.be/b0QZZQPgR0w​
 
For anyone needing a different format for the videos, such as open captioning, downloadable files in MP4 or MP2 format, or another need, please email mdoa.socialmedia@maryland.gov 

For additional resources, please visit the designated website for COVID-19 shared by the Maryland Department of Health: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/​

Prevention of Isolation:

 
This is a rapidly evolving situation and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH)​ will provide updates as they become available. Be safe and stay healthy​!