Illinois COVID information line: 800-889-3931
Missouri COVID information line: 877-435-8411
Illinois Department of Public Health COVID-19 hub
Guidelines from St. Louis County on when you should seek care or be tested. The St. Louis County website also has a symptom checker and a list of testing sites in the Greater St. Louis area
The University of Missouri Extension COVID-19 hub has a variety of webinars and resources related to COVID-19 and its broader effects, including mental health and financial concerns.
Tech-Enhanced Life has tips for helpful technology during the COVID-19 pandemic, including recommendations for delivery apps, video chat platforms, remote doctor visits and more.
The Greater Missouri Alzheimer’s Association has information and resources for caregivers during the pandemic. They also offer virtual education programs related to Alzheimer’s and dementia, caregiving for someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, healthy living, safety, and legal and financial planning.
Food, Housing and Other Necessities
Paraquad Independent Living Center in St. Louis is currently providing deliveries of grocery and personal care items. They have partnered with the regional Response Team and have recently begun also serving older adults. For more information, please call Paraquad’s Information and Referral line at (314) 289-4200.
Paraquad is also offering mortgage and rent assistance. Please call Paraquad’s Information and Referral line at (314) 289-4200 for more information.
Local Urban League branches can provide assistance with food, rent, mortgage and utilities.
Operation Food Search has information on pickup locations for free meals for children while schools are closed, as well as a Hunger Hotline for information for adults who need assistance accessing food.
Veterans United has a portal for finding food resources, with a particular emphasis on the Columbia area.
The Iowa Concern Line can assist people in the North-Central Missouri region who need legal, financial, stress/mental health and crisis relief. Call their 24/7 hotline at 1-800-447-1985.
The Food Finder tool from the University of Missouri Extension has information for finding local sources of food to help support farmers and cope with grocery store shortages.
See these tips from the CDC for safely shopping and accepting deliveries.
St. Louis Area Agency on Aging can provide free incontinence supplies. For more information, email SLAAA or call (314) 612-5918.
Mental Health and Staying Connected
Free counseling sessions are available from the University of Missouri Extension.
mentalhealthfirstaid.org has tips for managing stress and anxiety surrounding the pandemic.
The Taking Care of You Program from the University of Missouri Extension offers strategies and techniques to promote mindfulness and manage stress. The program is delivered via Zoom.
The Mental Health Toolkit from the University of Missouri Extension provides information about raising mental health awareness.
OASIS’s Conversations That Count peer support program helps older adults cope with life’s transitions and remain connected to the community. For more information about the program, call (314) 862-2933 ext.246 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Many of OASIS’s programs are now being offered online.
AlzConnected, hosted by the National Alzheimer’s Association, is an online forum for people with Alzheimer’s disease and/or caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease.
Exercise and Staying Active
Join the Paraquad Health and Wellness Center Facebook group for virtual exercise classes and tips on staying active.
Paraquad is offering one-on-one telehealth exercise classes. Call Paraquad’s information and referral line at (314) 289-4200 for more information.
Go4Life has a series of home workout videos for older adults.
NCHPAD has a playlist of home workout videos for people with disabilities.
Financial Questions and Concerns
Use the Get My Payment tool at irs.gov to check on the status of your stimulus payment.
University of Missouri Extension financial experts have a series of videos on coping with the financial impact of COVID-19.
University of Missouri Extension financial experts can also present a webinar for your organization on financial implications of COVID-19. They can tailor their information for your unique audience. See the Our Webinars section below for their presentation to our community-based research network.
St. Louis Area Agency on Aging is offering free emergency pet care for people who are hospitalized, as well as offering free pet food, for people who receive their services. If you receive services through SLAAA and would like more information, please call Katie at 314-647-4400.