COVID-19 Resources for Seniors

Activities at both Orange County senior centers were suspended on Monday, March 16, due to the risks presented by COVID-19. Since that time staff have worked to implement and modify programs and services to help support seniors throughout the crisis.

Aging Transitions, Senior Center and Volunteer Connect 55+ staff are available to meet by phone, email or “virtual” appointment. For more information or assistance, please contact the Passmore Center: 919-245-2015, Seymour Center: 919-968-2070, or the Aging Helpline at 919-968-2087.

See our new and modified programs, services and resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic below:

  1. Aging Transitions Services
  2. Senior Center Programs & Community Based Services
  3. Employment Services
  4. Volunteer Programs & Opportunities
  5. RESOURCES for Older Adults

AGING TRANSITIONS SERVICES

Aging Helpline: For more information or to register for an Aging Transitions programs, or to talk to trained staff about any aging-related issue, please call (919) 968-2087 or email Aging Services. We try to find answers to your age-related questions and link you to the services that you need. Helpline hours are 9 am – 4 pm, Mon - Fri.

Chinese Aging Helpline: Call 919-245-4275
Spanish Aging Helpline: Call 919-245-4245

Caregiver Supports: Support groups, Memory Café, and Care Partner Collaborative have all gone online and most participants have been quick to adopt this new way to gather and stay connected. 

  • Activity Engagement Coaching: As we all continue to spend a lot of time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be challenging to find ways to keep loved ones with dementia engaged throughout the day.

    For caregivers connected to our various dementia support programs, we are now offering one-on-one consultations (via phone or GoToMeeting) where we can brainstorm together with you to identify enjoyable activities that are

    • person-centered, i.e. tailored to your loved one’s current and past interests, likes, preferences
    • meaningful
    • appropriately modified to current level of cognitive ability, thereby reducing frustration and stress

If interested, please contact Lisa Meinert, certified Dementia Care Partner and Activity Professional lmeinert@orangecountync.gov or 919-245-4251.

  • Caregiver Education Program: Preparing for a Telehealth Visit

    Many health care appointments have gone virtual, so how do you get ready for a “visit”? Join Nancy Ruffner, from NavigateNC (www.navigatenc.com), and discover helpful tips to prepare for your next telehealth visit.  

    Join on June 15 via GoToMeeting at 1:30-2:30 pm. Register one day prior to the meeting. To register, please call 919-968-2087 or email agingtransitions@orangecountync.gov. Contact Kim for more information.

  • Care Partner Collaborative: A social gathering for care partners and their loved ones experiencing cognitive and/or physical challenges. Our group has moved online, coming together each Wednesday at 11 a.m. via GoToMeeting. We continue to create a flexible space for sharing and connection, with all participants welcome to join in simple, enjoyable group activities according to individual ability levels. To register, please call 919-968-2087 or email agingtransitions@orangecountync.gov. Contact Lisa for more information.

  • Caregiver Support Group: Virtual meeting with other caregivers to share experiences, learn new skills, and get answers to questions about dementia and other long-term disabilities. Thursday, April 23 at 1pm. Available via GoToMeeting. To register, please call 919-968-2087 or email agingtransitions@orangecountync.gov. Contact Kim for more information.

  •  Memory Cafe: A monthly opportunity for persons with dementia and their care partners to relax over a “virtual” cup of coffee and socialize.  Available via GoToMeeting. To register, please call 919-968-2087 or email agingtransitions@orangecountync.gov. Contact Kim for more information.

For more caregiver resources, sign up for the monthly Community News for Caregivers e-newsletter.

Durable Medical Equipment: Our occupational therapist is available should you need durable medical equipment, or a phone consultation.  

Volunteer Driver Program continues to provide rides for older adults to essential services. This service has become even more important as Orange County Public Transit and Chapel Hill Transit have limited service.

Xenophobia

Orange County Government cares about diversity, equity and inclusion. As a community, we need to be mindful of xenophobia (dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries). Learn more about Orange County Government’s stance on Xenophobia

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Inclusion Message from Chapel Hill Police Chief: Chapel Hill is committed to being a place for everyone. We want everyone in our community, including community members of Asian descent, to know that we support them. Please share the following multilingual videos broadly within your communities.

Burmese: https://www.facebook.com/chapelhillgov/videos/594237504514033
English: https://www.facebook.com/chapelhillgov/videos/2554810641441393
Karen: https://www.facebook.com/chapelhillgov/videos/2602529020029037
Mandarin Chinese: https://www.facebook.com/chapelhillgov/videos/155948839173628
Spanish: https://www.facebook.com/chapelhillgov/videos/156319632465536