Community Connection has been designated as an Area Agency on Aging (AAA), one of 700 such agencies across the United States, committed to serving older individuals. We provide a comprehensive and coordinated range of services making it possible for each person to participate in the services of their choice. These services assist both the frail older person who can remain at home if they receive the right supports to those who are healthy and can benefit from the activities and socialization provided by community-based programs.
For information on any of the following programs, contact your local Community Connection office or the John Day Senior Center.
Free tax preparation services are available for low- to moderate-income taxpayers through AARP and CASH Oregon. Contact them to see if you qualify or to find a location near you. Not all locations offer free e-filing. There are currently no locations in Baker, Grant, Union, or Wallowa counties.
United Way is offering free tax assistance through their MyFreeTaxes program. You can call their tax helpline at (855) MY-TX-HELP (698-9435) or send them an email or chat with a representative through their website.
Quarterly at each senior center a professional provides information on health, physical fitness, and nutrition.
May be available to anyone over 60 years of age on a referral basis. Community Connection contracts with Oregon Law Center and Oregon Legal Aid to provide legal counseling on many topics.
We make regularly scheduled telephone calls to seniors who live alone and who need someone to call and check on them. If no one answers, we begin calling emergency contacts, up to and including the police department to do a wellness check. This can also be on a temporary basis. For example: You have been stopping in or calling your family member every day to see if they are doing well. However, you are going on a trip for a week and need someone to check on them while you’re gone. Our staff or volunteer will call your family member each day on a set schedule.
From our senior center offices in each county, we provide Options Counseling to seniors and their family members. Clients often have many needs and are unsure of where to turn for help. Community Connection staff help the senior and/or family member sort out their needs and identify options for filling those needs. As the family decides on their course of action our staff provides support, often being consulted multiple times during the process.
EDUCATIONAL, RECREATIONAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
We also have recreational bus trips to nearby areas, where we visit interesting places. Past trips include the Pendleton Round-up, Wildhorse Resort & Casino, Wallowa Lake, and Sumpter Valley Railroad ride and picnic.
We host craft bazaars, Old Time Fiddlers Shows, informational presentations on hot topics, bingo, cards and other games, and many other activities throughout the year.
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT LENDING
We receive donated medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, bath stools, and commodes. We loan out this equipment at no charge to seniors who need them on a temporary basis, usually for a maximum of six months. If a patient needs permanent equipment, we encourage them to purchase from a provider under the Medicare durable medical equipment benefit.
INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE
At all of our senior centers we provide the information and assistance our elders need to maintain independence with dignity, no matter what life throws at them. We are always happy to sit down for a one-on-one session with people who need assistance, advocacy, networking, or just need to talk. For example, people sometimes need help filling out social security papers, public housing applications, and others. We do not make the decisions or provide recommendations, but merely read through the paperwork with them. We have helped people to access the Medicare.gov website to help in identifying the Medicare prescription programs that are available.
For instances where Community Connection does not have the needed resource, we have an entire network of partners who offer companion and complimentary services to draw referrals from. We work closely with the good people at Social Security, Aging and Persons with Disabilities, the housing authority and a host of other local non-profits. While we may not be the best place to fill some needs, we are almost always the best place to start.
Get your list of questions out and give one of our friendly staff members a call today. You’ll be glad you did!
Questions about Medicare and Medicare Rx?
Visit the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance program at shiba.oregon.gov or call 1-800-722-4134. The SHIBA program is a federally funded state program that offers free, objective, and local one-on-one health insurance counseling and assistance to people with Medicare and their families. Certified counselors help people make informed decisions about their health insurance. Free help is available to people ready to sign up for Medicare, people already on Medicare, caregivers, and advocates.