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Senior information during COVID-19

From the Alliance for Retired Americans:

Communities across the country are responding to the challenges of social distancing in many ways. We wanted to share some information and resources that could be particularly helpful to older Americans.

“Senior shopping hours” — many national grocery chains have designated times during the week for older people to shop when stores are less crowded and hectic. Health officials advise that whenever you are out of your home you should stay more than 6 feet away from other shoppers, and wash your hands thoroughly or use hand sanitizer before and after entering a store. https://www.boston.com/…/grocery-stores-senior-hours-corona…

Stop and Shop, Safeway, Giant and other retailers have announced senior hours which vary from store to store. Please call your stores to see what their plans are.

2019 Income Tax Payment Extension — The IRS has extended the deadline for paying any income tax owed from April 15 to July 15. Taxpayers must still file their returns or request an extension by April 15 but will have an additional 90 to pay their tax bill. https://www.irs.gov/…/payment-deadline-extended-to-july-15-…

Some state and local governments are also extending tax timelines. Check your state government websites for more information.

Community nutrition programs — Food banks and food delivery services for homebound seniors or people with disabilities, such as Meals on Wheels, continue to operate in most communities. To find a food bank near you visit https://www.feedingamerica.org/ Contact your local Area Aging Agency with questions and information about other supports.

Check Your Voter Registration Online — Preparation for the next election is underway, and the coronavirus emergency means that some states may change voting procedures. You can verify that you are registered to vote and get information on how to request an absentee ballot in your state at https://www.vote411.org/

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