MAC Updates & Coronavirus Information

MAC Updates

While many activities at MAC have been suspended indefinitely due to COVID-19, we are still available to help connect you to needed services. Contact MAC for referrals via your usual method of communication.

Updated Monday, March 30, 2020

The MAC building will remain closed to the public through April.

Staff will be available to respond to inquiries from the community and to offer assistance to the senior community, both via telephone. Call 410-742-0505.

This latest step is in compliance with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s stay-at-home order for Marylanders that goes into effect at 8 p.m. on March 30.

The Salisbury-Wicomico and Willards senior centers, and Life Bridges Day program remain closed indefinitely.

MAC’s home-delivered meals operation will continue as normal.

As throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, MAC’s first priority remains the health and safety of staff, volunteers, and the senior community.

Updated Friday, March 27, 2020

Update for the week of March 30: The MAC building will remain closed to the public.
Staff will be available to respond to inquiries from the community and to offer assistance to the senior community, both via telephone. Call 410-742-0505.
The Salisbury-Wicomico and Willards senior centers, and Life Bridges continue to be closed indefinitely.
The home-delivered meals operation will continue as normal.
Staff can return on Monday, March 30, given they are no longer under self-quarantine.
As throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, MAC’s first priority remains the health and safety of staff, volunteers, and the senior community.

 

Updated Thursday, March 26, 2020

Protect yourself from COVID-19 scams
It is important to protect your health and your wallet during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The AARP Fraud Network and the Federal Trade Commission offer the following information on COVID-19 related scams.

How it works:
• Scammers may set up websites to sell bogus “coronavirus products” from face masks to vaccines to cure-alls, and use fake emails, texts and social media posts to get you to share payment or sensitive personal information.
• You may come across emails or social posts claiming to promote awareness or give prevention tips, including fake information about cases in your neighborhood. Scammers may use this as a way to tout a new can’t-miss “investment opportunity” for example, in face masks or a cure.
• You may get donation requests claiming to raise money to help victims.

What you should know:
• There is currently no vaccine available for Coronavirus.
• Any investment opportunity that claims to ride the wave of economic activity due to the virus is probably an opportunity to lose money to a scam.
• Your best resources for information on the virus are the ones you know and trust – but first verify that the resource is who you think it is.

What you should do:
• Don’t click on email links from sources you don’t know. They could download malware on your device.
• Ignore any online offers for vaccinations or treatments If a vaccine or treatment is developed, you will hear about it in the news not from an online ad or sales pitch.
• If you receive a communication claiming to be from a government agency like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, close the email and then visit the agency’s website directly at www.cdc.gov.
• Engage your inner skeptic when confronted with donation requests. Before giving check out charity watchdogs like give.org or charitynavigator.org.

 

Updated noon Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan also encouraged older Marylanders to take advantage of the free Senior Call Check service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Senior Call Check service helps provide peace of mind for Maryland seniors who are home alone, and their families.
This FREE service places an automated call daily to registered participants at a scheduled time. If the call is not picked up after three attempts, the service will call an alternate person on your behalf to check on you.
Maryland residents age 65 or older who have an active landline phone or cell phone qualify for the service.
Sign up online at aging.maryland.gov, or call 1-866-502-0560 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.).
Senior Call Check is a program of the Maryland Department of Aging.

Updated Wednesday, March 25, 2020

5K cancelled

St. Paddy's Day/Spring 5K Run/2-Mile Walk, planned for April 18,  has been cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 50/50 raffle will continue as planned, with the drawing to be held April 18. For details, call MAC at 410-742-0505.

Social Security scam

The Inspector General of Social Security is warning the public about fraudulent letters threatening suspension of Social Security benefits due to COVID-19 or coronavirus-related office closures. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will not suspend or discontinue benefits because
their offices are closed.
The Social Security Office of the Inspector General has received reports that Social Security beneficiaries have received letters through the U.S. Mail stating their payments will be suspended or discontinued unless they call a phone number referenced in the letter. Scammers may then mislead
beneficiaries into providing personal information or payment via retail gift cards, wire transfers, internet currency, or by mailing cash, to maintain regular benefit payments during this period of COVID-19 office closures.

Read more at https://macinc.org/2020/03/24/beware-social-security-benefit-suspension-scam/

 

Updated Friday March 20. 2020

Beware of scams

Scams beginning to surface include:

Scammers going door-to-door, offering to pick up groceries for you, and asking for your credit card

A scammer may also appear at your door and offer to test you for COVID-19, for a fee

For more information on COVID-19 scams and tips on how to avoid them, visit the Federal Trade Commission website at  ftc.gov.

 

MAC building closed

MAC, Inc., the Area Agency on Aging, will be closed to the public Monday-Friday, March 23-27. The building is expected to reopen on Monday, March 30.

As throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, MAC’s first priority remains the health and safety of staff, volunteers, and the senior community. The closing is for the purpose of disinfecting the building.

The home-delivered meals operation will continue as normal that week. In addition, staff will be available to respond to inquiries from the community and to offer assistance to the senior community, both via telephone.

Call MAC at 410-742-0505.

 

Updated 9 a.m. Thursday, March 19, 2020

Free call check for seniors home alone

Many people are following the advice of health officials and are staying home to reduce their risk of contracting the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Senior Call Check service helps provide peace of mind for Maryland seniors who are home alone, and their families.

This FREE service places an automated call daily to registered participants at a scheduled time. If the call is not picked up after three attempts, the service will call an alternate person on your behalf to check on you.

Maryland residents age 65 or older who have an active landline phone or cell phone qualify for the service.

Sign up online at aging.maryland.gov, or call 1-866-502-0560 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Senior Call Check is a program of the Maryland Department of Aging.

 

Shopping hour for seniors

Walmart officials have again announced new hours. Effective today, stores will be open 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

In addition, beginning March 24, an hour long "senior shopping event" will be held at all locations on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 a.m., for those age 60 and older only. Pharmacies and vision centers also will be open at that time. The special senior shopping event will continue through April 28.

 

Updated 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2020

April events cancelled

The following is an updated list of events scheduled at MAC during April that have been cancelled:

April 9 Cancer Survivors’ Healing Retreat

April 6, 13 and 20 Healthy Cooking on a Budget classes

April 14 Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiver Support Group

April 24 Paint Night

For more information, call 410-742-0505.

 

Health departments

While the physical buildings of Lower Shore health departments are closed to public access during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the public can still call to get information on available services.

Lower Shore health departments can be reached as follows:

  • Wicomico County Health Department: Call 410-749-1244.
    For questions related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), call the Coronavirus Cell Center at 410-341-4600, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Dorchester County Health Department: Call 410-228-3223
  • Somerset County Health Department: Call 442-523-1700
  • Worcester County Health Department: Call 410-632-1100

Updated 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Dedicated shopping hours

During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Dollar General and Target stores are offering dedicated shopping hours for senior citizens and other vulnerable populations. This applies to all stores in each of the chains, including sites throughout the Lower Shore. Details follow:

Dollar General is setting aside the first hour of the business day for senior citizens and at-risk populations to shop. All others are asked to plan their trips outside of that time frame. Stores are also closing an hour early to allow time for cleaning and restocking shelves.

Target sites nationwide are setting aside the first hour of the business day on Wednesdays for senior citizens and other vulnerable populations. In addition, all Target locations will close an hour earlier than normally scheduled for cleaning and restocking shelves.

In addition, the Salisbury Acme location is offering dedicated shopping hours for senior citizens, Monday-Friday, from 7-9 a.m.

 

Updated Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Who delivers groceries?

Venturing outside your home isn't the best idea for many folks during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, but it can be especially risky for vulnerable populations, such as senior citizens and those with underlying health issues.

For your information, the following grocery stores on the Lower Shore offer home delivery. Call for details.

Wicomico County

Salisbury Acme
410-742-1343
The Salisbury Acme location is also offering dedicated shopping hours for senior citizens, Monday-Friday from 7-9 a.m., to provide a less crowded store for those who are at a greater risk from the COVID-19

Fruitland Walmart
410-341-4803
Home delivery expected to begin March 28
New hours: 6 a.m.-11 p.m.

Salisbury Walmart
410-860-5095
New hours: 6 a.m.-11 p.m.

Westside Grocery, Bivalve
410-873-3082

Dorchester County

Hoopers Island General Store, Church Creek
410-397-3123
Store hours 5 a.m.-7 p.m.
Delivery hours, curbside pick-up, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Worcester County

Berlin Walmart Supercenter
410-629-0502
New hours: 6 a.m.-11 p.m.

 

Updated Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The public is encouraged to call for assistance instead of visiting the MAC building. The number is 410-742-0505.
If you do stop by without calling first, please expect to be asked COVID-19 screening questions.

Visitor access will only be permitted at MAC's main entrance, and the BACIL entrance.

 

Updated 4 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2020

The Richard A. Henson Wellness Center gym will be closed to all participants, effective 5 p.m. Monday, March 16. The gym will be closed indefinitely.

Please call MAC before coming to visit! We likely can provide the assistance you seek over the phone. The number is 410-742-0505.
If you do drop by without calling first, please expect to be asked COVID-19 screening questions.

All visitors to MAC should use the main entrance only.

 

Updated Monday, March 16, 2020

The following is an update on the status of MAC programs, and other scheduled activities, as related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Activities at the Salisbury-Wicomico Senior Services Center, housed at MAC in Salisbury, and the Willards Senior Center, are suspended indefinitely.

MAC’s Life Bridges Program activities are suspended indefinitely.

Home-delivered meals will continue normal operation.

Tax Preparation Assistance appointments scheduled for Tuesdays at MAC have been cancelled. People are encouraged to find other resources to get their taxes done.

Wellness/Fitness Center

The Richard A. Henson Wellness Center gym will be closed to all participants, effective 5 p.m. Monday, March 16. The gym will be closed indefinitely.

Cancellations (through March):
Group fitness classes at the Richard A. Henson Wellness Center gym
Diabetes Self-management Workshop scheduled at MAC
Stepping On Workshop scheduled at Gateway Village in Salisbury

 

Activities/Meetings

The following activities scheduled at MAC have been cancelled through March:
Informational Tuesday mini sessions
Association for Lifelong Learning, spring semester, second session
“More Than Pink” Paint Night on March 20
Healthy Cooking on a Budget class Monday, March 16
Life Bridges

 

Groups/Meetings

The MAC Board of Directors meeting will be held via teleconference. Email instructions will be sent out on how to join.

Groups and meetings scheduled at MAC have been cancelled through the end of March, including:

AARP Meeting and AARP Board Meeting
Azheimer’s Walk Committee meeting
Bridge Club
Cancer Support Group
Chess Club
Coastal Hospice Bereavement Group
Delmar Ostomates
Dulcimer Group
Esther’s Wings
Great Books Discussion
IRP, IRP Tour Group, and IRP Book Club
Life Bridges meetings
Lower Shore Parkinson Support Group
Mah Jong group
Pinochle group
PRMC Renal Support Group
RDAD training
Senior Singles group
Wicomico Biker Hens

 

Get updates

For updated information on MAC programs and services, call MAC at 410-742-0505

 

For health information related to the Coronavirus:
Call the Wicomico County Health Department Call Center at 410-341-4600.
The call center is open Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm

Call Wicomico Emergency Services at 1-800-422-0009

Visit the Centers for Disease Control Website at https://www.cdc.gov.

Call your primary care physician

 

Find services elsewhere on the Lower Shore

For more information on services for seniors in other counties on the Lower Eastern Shore, contact:

Dorchester County
Delmarva Community Services, Inc.: 410-221-1900

Somerset County
Somerset County Commission on Aging: 410-651-3400

Worcester County
Worcester County MAP Program: 410-632-9915

Coronavirus Information

Updated March 20, 2020

Visit The Maryland Department of Health website for up-to-date information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it is effecting Maryland:
https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/

 

Updated Friday, March 13, 2020

For health information related to the Coronavirus:
Call Wicomico Emergency Services at 1-800-422-0009
Call the Wicomico County Health Department Call Center at 410-341-4600. The call center is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call your primary care physician
Visit the Centers for Disease Control Website at cdc.gov.

 

The National Council on Aging offers the following information from Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  

The situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing rapidly, and the National Council on Aging is taking proactive steps to share the best information we have to protect the public’s health, especially among older adults. Now is the time to stay informed and follow basic tips to protect yourself and those around you.

Older Adults at Higher Risk

The CDC has identified older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. According to the CDC, early data suggest older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness.

This is likely because as people age, their immune systems change, making it harder for their body to fight off diseases and infection, and because many older adults are also more likely to have underlying health conditions that make it harder to cope with and recover from illness. Age increases the risk that the respiratory system or lungs will shut down when an older person has COVID-19 disease.

That’s why the CDC is recommending that people at higher risk take the following actions:

  • Stay at home as much as possible.
  • Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications, food, and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact, and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Stay up to date on CDC Travel Health Notices.

Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that people with serious chronic conditions, especially the elderly, should think twice about traveling or going to crowded places. He advised that these individuals take the simple steps of “not putting yourself in a situation—whatever that might be—that might increase the risk given your situation.”

The CDC is urging individuals to stay calm and Share Facts, Not Fear. Among the CDC’s advice are these common-sense tips:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

How to Support Older Adults

People of all ages can support older adults during this time. Many older adults depend on services and supports provided in their homes or in the community to maintain their health and independence. The CDC recommends that family members, neighbors, and caregivers:

  • Know what medications your loved one is taking and see if you can help them have extra on hand.
  • Monitor food and other medical supplies (oxygen, incontinence, dialysis, wound care) needed and create a back-up plan.
  • Stock up on non-perishable food items to have on hand in your home to minimize trips to stores.
  • If you care for a loved one living in a care facility, monitor the situation, ask about the health of the other residents frequently, and know the protocol if there is an outbreak.

Beware of Scams

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.

If you receive an email asking you to donate to a nonprofit that is fighting the coronavirus, make sure to research the organization first through an independent charity rating service such as Charity Navigator.

Remember the Seasonal Flu, Too

It’s also important to remember that we are still in the middle of the seasonal flu season, which impacts older adults every year. According to the CDC, it’s estimated that 70-85% of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in people aged 65+.

While there is no vaccine for the coronavirus, it’s never too late for individuals to get their annual flu shot. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about how you can protect yourself and those around you.

With COVID-19 and all health issues, when in doubt, the best course forward is always to consult with your doctor. Many physicians and health care providers are asking that people call or send their questions via email first before coming into the office.