Where to get help:
Alameda County offers guide to resources
Senior citizens can receive assistance in several languages to answer their questions about opportunities in Alameda County.
Senior Resources Guides are available online at www.alamedasocialservices.org/public/services/elders_and_disabled_adults/aaa.cfm, with guides for services in the county's North, South, Central and East regions. The information is available not only in English, but in Chinese, Farsi, Spanish and Vietnamese.
A Senior Housing Guide is also available in five languages.
A quarterly newsletter, Senior Update, is also online. In the most recent edition, seniors are advised that the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs provide free assistance to individuals with limited income and/or over the age of 60 who need help in completing federal and state income tax returns. Assistance is provided at most senior centers and some library branches. To find a location, dial the IRS at 800-829-1040, check the state Franchise Tax Board website www.ftb.ca.gov/individuals/vita, dial AARP at 888-227-7669 or visit the website www.aarp.org/money/taxaide, dial Eden I&R at 2-1-1 or visit the website www.earnitkeepitsaveit.org.
The most recent edition also contains recipes for healthy eating, and news of a cost-of-living adjustment for recipients of Supplemental Security Income and Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants.
Alameda County Area Agency on Aging, which is on the third floor of 6955 Foothill Blvd., Oakland, can be reached by phone at 800-510-2020 or 510-577-3530. The web address is www.alamedasocialservices.org.
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