California Establishes Hotline For Seniors

Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the state had established a statewide initiative to help California's more than 5.3 million seniors (those who are 65 and older) stay connected through the coronavirus crisis.

“The most important way for older Californians to stay safe is to stay at home,” said Newsom. “No older Californian should be forced to go outside to get groceries or their medication. It’s on all of us across the state to check in on the older adults in our lives – our friends, family and neighbors – to help them during this outbreak. Each and every one of us must reach out in a safe way to make sure our older neighbors have someone to talk to and have enough food to eat during these difficult times.”

The state created the program in partnership with AARP, the Alzheimer's Association, American Lung Association and other groups to help streamline existing outreach programs. Of the 5.7 million Californians over the age of 65, an estimated 1 million live alone.

Gov. Newsom also asked residents to make five calls and check in on friends and family today, especially any seniors in their lives.

"CA has launched a hotline to deliver services and help for older Californians. CALL: 1-833-544-2374. Social isolation is real. During these trying times it’s important to check in with our loved ones. Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In," Newsom wrote on Twitter.

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