Updated Thursday April 1st 2020


The latest from the Treasury Department.

If you receive Social Security and do not typically file federal tax returns, the treasury department has reversed its position and you will now NOT have to file a simple tax return to receive your Economic Impact Payment of $1200.

You can find more information by clicking on the link below to an article in the Washington Post.

Washington Post Article April 1st


The Center's Quilters have started a COVID-19 Homemade Face Mask project to help fulfill the need in the area. Click on the link below for patterns and directions, needed material and how the masks are to be collected. The quilters are prioritizing the Meals-on-Wheels drivers, long term care facilities and group homes while distributing over 230 handmade masks. If you personally want a mask call the Center at 541-296-4788 and we will put on the list.

Handmade Face Mask Information including a Pattern


The Center is closed, and all classes and activities are canceled except for MEDICARE HELP, call the local coordinator at 541-288-8341, and the MEDICAL EQUIPMENT LOAN CLOSET call 541-296-4788 to see if we have the equipment you need and to schedule a time for pick-up.

TAX AIDE has been canceled indefinitely but the filing date has been extended to July 15th. I have not heard if or when the program will start up again but hopefully will have some idea by the first of May.


Meals-on-Wheels is delivering meals but is not serving meals in the dining room. If you want a take-out meal, call Meals-on-Wheels at 541-298-8333 before 10:00 and pick up your meal at noon but not before.


Circles of Care is looking for older adults who are self-isolating and need support during these difficult times. Because of the situation they are limiting their assistance to picking up groceries and check-in calls. They are also looking for volunteers to support older adults who are self-isolating because of COVID-19. Call Gracen 541-397-0724 or email her at gbookmyer@ageplus.org.



The Center's Quilters have started a COVID-19 Homemade Face Mask project to help fulfill the need in the area. Click on the link below for patterns and directions, needed material and how the masks are to be collected. 

The Center is  closed to just the Meals-on-Wheels staff and volunteers to reduce the number of visitors . Even one suspected case of COVID-19 could shut down the whole Meals-on-Wheels program which would be devastating for the folks they serve.

I am working most the day from home and I have learned how to forward calls to the Center to my cell phone. But If you have trouble getting through by phone, you can email me at smckay1948@gmail.com.

Meals-on-Wheels (a separate non-profit) is still delivering meals but they are in desperate need for drivers. Because the number of delivered meals has increased to over 140 meals a day, Nise Patton the director, is adding another route which means five more drivers (one driver for each weekday) and with the COVID-19 threat they have lost several drivers who are self-isolating.

You may have also heard of Circles of Care which is a pilot program in The Dalles that connects older adults who need support with volunteers who can provide that support. If you or anyone you know needs help during these difficult times - whether it is just someone to talk to or someone to pick up groceries; or you would like to volunteer, call Gracen at Circles of Care at 541-397-0724 or email her at gbookmyer@ageplus.org.

I have no new information about when or if the AARP Tax Aide program will resume, but IRS and Oregon has just extended the filing deadline by three months to July 15th. Also, you may not know but if you are expecting a refund from IRS you do not have to file by the filing date.

If you are about to turn 65 and have questions regarding Medicare - which most everyone does – you can still receive help from a trained SHIBA counselor. Call Sue Ann at 541-288-8341 and she will see if she can help over the phone or whether she will need to meet with you.

This is a time we need to pull together – figuratively. Stay connected, keep washing your hands and practice social distancing if you do leave your home, so you can protect yourself and others.

Be smart and be safe.

Take care, Scott

A resource guide during the pandemic.
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Resources for Older Adults, Family Caregivers and Health Care Providers - The John A. Hartford Foundation

Also this is a link to a fascinating visualization of COVID-19's spread around the world.

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