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For Seniors and Those Who Love and Care for Them: Trusted Information and Preparation

The COVID-19 Pandemic has left our senior population most vulnerable and isolated. This resource has been developed with their needs in mind.

Trusted Information on COVID-19

Federal resources:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) -  Official government website with information about the outbreak

     You can now get vaccine information by phone or e-mail from the CDCNEW!   

     CDC new mask guidelines as of August 13, 2021. NEW!         

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - Find out how the FDA is protecting public health in the area of COVID-19 diagnostic testing, biologics, PPE, medical devices, vaccines, and therapeutics. - The source for your Medicare questions about COVID-19.

State resources:

New York State Department of Health  (NYSDOH) - Latest COVID-19 information. 

 New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Information - Get the facts on who is eligible and how to schedule a vaccine. NEW!

       Quick Link to New York State-operated vaccination locations and availability

NYS Excelsior Pass provides a free, fast and secure way to present digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results. NEW!

 New York State Regional Monitoring Dashboard - Where NYS regions currently stand on hospitalizations and metrics that have been established based on guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Department of State, and other public health experts.

New York Forward Book:  A 51-page guide to safely re-opening New York based on metrics and participation of its informed residents.

County resources:

Rockland County Coronavirus COVID-19 information including Rockland County Department of Health Vaccine Clinics availability. NEW!

Latest Information on COVID-19 Vaccine availability in Rockland County  NEW!  To check availability for NYS run sites, click "Quick Link" above.

Rockland County COVID-19 Dashboard - See where COVID-19 cases are and vaccinations have been given in the county by zip code.

Rockland COVID-19 Unpause Dashboard - This dashboard tracks Rockland County for the seven metrics used by New York State to determine reopening status as part of the NY Forward plan.

Resources from AARP: 

AARP Coronavirus webpage - latest coronavirus news from the AARP. NEW!

AARP article on myths about the coronavirus vaccine. NEW!

AARP article on break-through infections.  NEW! 

Tips for safeguarding your CDC Vaccination card from the AARP. NEW!

AARP article on COVID-19 Booster shots - who is eligible and when.  NEW!

Shopping for Necessities

How to prepare for Coronavirus - Checklist from the AARP Grocery Bag, Groceries, Beer, Bottle, Pepper, Apple

Unvaccinated seniors are in a at higher risk group, they should limit their exposure to others.  Many stores in our area are still offering senior hours to allow seniors to shop when the store may be less crowded.  Please be aware some stores do not enforce this rule so there is no guarantee it will be less crowded.  In addition, many stores are limiting the number of customers that can be in the store at one time so you may find yourself outside waiting in line.  You may want to call the store ahead of time to ask about their current policies. 

If you venture out, here are the revised rules about mask wearing for New York State. NEW!  If shopping for hand sanitizer be aware that the FDA is reporting brands that contain dangerous ingredients.

Some stores offer delivery service or partner with third parties like  Be aware the wait time for delivery can be very long or become even unavailable due to the high demand.  

Senior Hours at local food stores:


Meal Delivery Service for Rockland Seniors meeting certain criteria.


Rockland Community Against Hunger: Find organization by location or food pantries by map.


SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) - See if you are eligible and how to apply. 

Public Transportation

If you must use public transportation, remember to wear a face covering and try to keep a distance of 6 feet from others.

Transportation schedule and procedural changes for TOR, ferry, Metro-North, Harlem, New Haven lines, Rockland Coaches, BEE-LINE, Clarkstown Mini-Trans, Monsey Trails, Shortline, Hudson Link, NJ Transit (Pascack Valley & Port Jervis) can be found on the Rockland County Public Transportation Page

Complete A Care Plan Form

Be prepared with a Care Plan. Everyone, not just seniors, should make a document available with all health care information such as: 

  1. Your medical condition(s) 
  2. Your health care provider(s)
  3. Medications you are taking and dosages
  4. Health insurance provider(s)
  5. Preferred hospital
  6. Advanced care planning
  7. Emergency contacts.

The CDC offers a Care Plan form that facilitates this process. 

Mental Health

    "Social distancing" has made many of us, not only seniors, feel isolated and anxious.  A better term could be "physical" distancing since you can still be "social" via phone or video calls, texts, emails, and/or regular mail.  So make it a point to catch up with friends and family in a way that does not require you to be closer than 6 feet from them.  Take advantage of the warmer weather  and socialize with your friends and family outdoors. 

The latest CDC guidelines about social gathering outdoors as well as indoors with fully vaccinated individuals can be found hereNEW!


     Some fun activities on our Activities page may help create a new routine from the usual activities you are missing.  Here are some resources available to you if you need help coping:

  • Need to schedule a friendly call from an AARP volunteer? AARP Friendly Voice program offers phone calls from their trained volunteers.
  • Read  AARP's article on Ways to Cope With Anxiety During the Coronavirus Outbreak
  • Try this meditation video that is set outdoors compliments of The New York Times. (You may need to adjust your volume to hear the gentle sounds.) 
  • Free, confidential and anonymous assistance from crisis counselors from New York Project Hope. Their COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline is available 7 days a week (8am-10pm) at 1-844-863-9314.
  • ​​Rockland County Department of Mental Health's Support Line at 845-364-2955 is available Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  This support line is for those feeling anxious related to the virus in general (even without having symptoms or positive results)
  • Emergency Hotlines 
    • Behavioral Health Response Team at 845-517-0400 
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Line - 1-800-799-4889
    • Veterans Crisis Line - 1-800-273-8255 press 1
    • Domestic Violence 24-HOUR HOTLINE: (845) 634-3344, TEXT(845) 286-4997 or CHAT via webpage: Center for Safety and Change
    • NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (24-HOUR HOTLINE): 1-800-942-6906 .

Valley Cottage Library Adult Services Librarians

The VCL Adult Services Librarians created this resource for the seniors in our community who we miss seeing during this unprecedented time. Our hope is that the information we provided will help you stay curious, inspired and connected!  

                                                                            Stay well,

                                                                            Sean, Anya, Katrina, Mary, Holly, Kat, and Nancy