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01/17/20 - 01/30/20

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Breaking the Silence and Shedding the Stigma. I'm Good Bro: Unmasking Black Depression, a riveting documentary about mental health and its struggles from the black male perspective. Showing and an in depth Q&A session wit the producers of the film, 4C Visuals Group, immediately following.Fee: FREE, Call 919-245-2015 to register before Jan. 29. Thur, Feb. 6, 6-8:30 pm, Passmore Center, 103 Meadowlands Dr., Hillsborough, NC.

A Conversation About Substance Use and Aging

Our bodies change as we age, and so do the ways certain substances (prescription drugs,
medications, alcohol, etc.) impact us. Join us for a discussion about substance use
among older adults. What does it mean? How can we recognize a potential problem in
ourselves and others? How do we talk about it, and with whom? What treatment options are available? Experts will discuss these topics and more and be available to answer questions. Questions can be asked following the presentation, or submitted in writing.

For information, call (919) 968-2070

Seymour Center
Wednesday, January 22 • 5:30 - 7 pm

Area Plan Survey 2020-2024

The Triangle J Area Agency on Aging is seeking your input as as they develop the 2020-2024 Area Plan. They are specifically interested in information about the needs of aging adults, caregivers, or persons with disabilities in our county.

Please complete the brief Area Plan Survey 2020-2024 which focuses on four target areas: local needs assessment, livability, emerging issues, and information availability. Your input is important. Thank you!

Be Wary of Medicare Scams

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey warns Medicare recipients to be on alert for scams. In the last few days, NCDOI has had reports of phone calls with the Caller ID listed as “Senior Center” but the number is unavailable.  The callers are saying they are conducting a Medicare survey and are asking for personal information or asking if those they have called if they have received their new 2020 Medicare card. 

“If someone is calling, claiming to be from Medicare and asking for your Social Security number or bank information, hang up, it’s a scam,” said Commissioner Causey. “First, Medicare won’t call you. Second, Medicare will never ask for your Social Security number or bank information,” he added.

If someone is threatening to cancel your benefits if you don’t give up information or money, report it to the Department’s Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) or the N.C. Senior Medicare Patrol at 1-855-408-1212. 

SHIIP counselors are not licensed insurance agents, and they do not sell, endorse, or oppose any product, plan, or company.  If you have questions about your specific plan, we encourage you to contact your insurance agent or the insurance company.

Black History Month Brunch Featuring Fruit of Labor

Join us for a performance by Fruit of Labor followed by a delicious brunch. Their music was born out of the struggle of organizing African American workers in the “Black Belt” region of NC and the South. They have created more than 60 songs and have performed before countless rallies, picket lines and marches, as well as concert halls, schools, colleges, workplaces, churches, communities, Juneteenth and Kwanzaa celebrations - and on radio stations nationally and internationally.
Cosponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation-Hargraves Center
Register by: Sat, Jan. 25

Seymour Center 

Sat, Feb 1,     10 am - 12 noon

Chapel Hill Transit Changes

Chapel Hill Transit will change some bus routes and schedules in August of this year. Staff will host several meetings to answer questions about these changes on:

  • Monday, Jan. 27, 4-6 at UNC Student Union
  • Tuesday, Jan. 28, 4-6 at Chapel Hill Library
  • Thursday, Jan. 30, 9-11 at UNC Hospitals
  • Friday, Jan. 21, 9-11 at Seymour Center

It’s Tax Time!

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) Program provides FREE assistance to low and moderate income taxpayers.  Tax preparation sessions start February 6th at both the Seymour Center and the Passmore Center.  Or, try our new Drop-Off Service available February 6th to March 30th.  

Visit our website to learn more and make an appointment or give us a call at 919-245-4242.

LGBTQ Programing and Resource Survey

Orange County Department on Aging’s LGBTQ Senior Resource Team (SRT) in partnership with Partnerships in Aging (PiAP) and SAGE Central North Carolina is seeking to improve LGBTQ programing and resources.  OCDoA has always strived to create an inclusive environment where all older adults feel engaged and supported.  We are asking for your help to keep the ideas flowing and the momentum growing.  Please take a moment to complete this quick survey, no more than 10 minutes, to assist the LGBTQ SRT to expand on what OCDoA currently offers.  Your input is completely anonymous and is greatly needed.  Share this with your friends and encourage them to complete the survey too! 
The link to the survey is listed below.

Aging Transitions Services

Caregiver Education Series - Caring Basics

A new monthly education series designed to provide information for individuals providing care and support for a friend or family member. The program hopes to strengthen your skills and resilience, and bolster the ability to nurture and support those for whom you care.  

Instructors: Aging Transitions Team and Experienced Community Professionals
Register by: 1 week prior to event. You may register for one or multiple sessions

Seymour Center
Assistive Devices to Help you Care
Mon, Jan 27,     1:30 – 2:30 pm
Activity Code: 354117-05 

Dementia Basics 

A four-part series with topics around brain health - types and stages of dementia, communication, and preparing for the journey ahead. We invite those with memory concerns, caregivers, family members, friends, and other interested community members to join us! Download the Dementia Basics flyer for more details.

Instructors: Aging Transitions Team and Experienced Community Members
Register by: Fri, Jan 31, For questions and registration, please contact:

Chapel Hill Public Library
Tuesdays, Feb 4 -25                         10 am – 12 noon
Orange County Caregiver Awareness, Respite, Education and Support (OC CARES) logo: silhouette of a person with arms in a heart shape.

OC CARES (Orange County Caregiver Awareness, Respite, Education & Support)

OC CARES offers both individualized and community level supports to caregivers. Contact the Aging Helpline at 919-968-2087 or for more information. 

Visit our website to view all of our Caregiver Support Services including, monthly Memory Cafés, Caregiver Support Group meeting schedules, Community News for Caregivers e-newsletter, and much more!

Call the "Aging Helpline," 919-968-2087

Call the Aging Helpline at 919-968-2087

Talk to trained staff about any aging-related issue. You may also 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 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Chinese & Spanish Language Helpline
Call 919-245-4275 to speak to our staff in Mandarin.
Call 919-245-4279 ext. 1 to leave a message in Spanish.

Classes and Trips

Bus Riding 101

Make your life better by traveling on public buses. Find out where the buses go, where to get schedules and how much it costs. The bus system in Chapel Hill is extensive and the bus system in the rest of Orange County is growing. Most of the bus lines are free or have reduced fares for older adults. Learn about door-to-door transportation, eligibility, and how to sign up for services.
Call to register: 919-245-2015 or 919-968-2070
Passmore Center
Wed, Jan 22; 1:30 – 3 pm  (244037-01)

"ESL" with a graphic of a world made of various national flags

ESL Basic for Spanish Speakers / 

Inglés Básico para Hispanos

If your mother language is Spanish and you feel that your English is lacking, this class is for you. The meetings are informal, but our goal is to improve your skills in English. 

Si hablas español y tus conocimientos en inglés son limitados, esta clase es para ti. Las sesiones son informales, pero nuestra meta es mejorar tu habilidad para hablar el inglés. 

Seymour Center
Ongoing - Fridays, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Clases en curso - Viernes, 1:00 a 2:30 pm

Happy, older Asian couple enjoying a walk in the park.

We offer a variety of programs including classes, educational opportunities, trips, and much more. 

Travel with Seniors on the Road  for fun day and overnight trips! 

View our current classes, trips and more!




"Membership" to our senior centers is free, just complete the Senior Centers Registration Form (PDF) and return it to either of our senior centers to get started. 

See a few highlighted programs below. Browse the Senior Times to see all that we offer. 

Employment Services for Older Adults

Photo of Mike Komives, Employment Specialist, Orange County Department on Aging
Mike Komives
Employment Specialist
Orange Co. Dept. on Aging

Elder Job Seekers!  
Here are two activities that can help you achieve success in your job search.  

1. Mike Komives, Employment Specialist with the Orange County Department On Aging Orange County Department, provides guidance and information for people 55+ who are looking for a full-time or part-time job, are thinking about starting their own business, or would like to volunteer and want help on deciding what group or agency is appropriate. He is available at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill on Mondays and Fridays, 9 AM to 5 PM, and at the Passmore Center in Hillsborough on Wednesdays, 9 AM to 1 PM. To schedule an appointment, call 919-616-8778 or email:     
2. Durham Technical Community College in Hillsborough will offer JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES FOR MATURE PROFESSIONALS, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-to-9 PM, in classroom 205, starting January 28, for six weeks. This workshop addresses all the elements required for a successful job search or career exploration. It is FREE for people who are unemployed or underemployed. No pre-registration is required; we handle this in class. Mike Komives will facilitate this workshop. 

Health and Wellness

Older Hispanic woman exercising with an exercise ball.

We offer an array of services, ranging from massages to free blood pressure screenings. In addition, we offer many fitness classes like yoga, aerobics, tai chi, and much more.


Be sure to check out the Senior Times to find out more about what we offer, including class schedules and locations. Everyone is welcome and the first class is FREE! 

For more information on these and other Wellness programs contact
Latonya Brown at 919-245-4270.

Notice: To provide presentations on different topics, the Wellness Program hosts a variety of professionals. This does not mean an endorsement of providers, services, or method of treatment.

Lunch Program

Volunteers Needed

Help prepare and serve lunch from 11:30 - 1:00 pm at the Seymour Center. Interested? Please call Isabel Jackson, 919-245-4256. 


The Senior Lunch Program offers hot, nutritious meals at the Orange County Senior Centers each Monday through Friday at noon. Meals are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Orange County residents 60 years and older are invited to participate. For people under age 60, a meal costs $6. Voluntary and confidential donations for lunch are a very important part of the Program's budget which includes funding from the Older Americans Act, Orange County Government, and the Towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough.

Medicare Assistance

Welcome to Medicare Classes

  • Monday Jan 13 at Chapel Hill Public Library, 4:30-6:00pm
  • Wednesday Jan 22 at Hillsborough Public Library, 6:00-7:30pm

Don’t like your Medicare Plan?  You may still be able to change

If you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan for 2020, you can switch to another Advantage Plan or Original Medicare one time between January 1 and March 31. 

Make an appointment to meet with a certified counselor at the Passmore Center in Hillsborough or the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill.  Schedule online at or call 919-245-4274.

Meet and Mingle

MONDAY NIGHT BOOK CLUB at the Chapel Hill Library

Chapel Hill's Monday Night Book Club is a public book club open to participation by anyone in the Chapel Hill community. We welcome new readers/participants in our discussions. 

Chapel Hill Public Library: 6:30 - 7:45 pm

  • Mon, Feb 17; My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite 

BOOK CLUB at the Passmore Center

NEW! Come; join a book discussion group with other book lovers.

Passmore Center: 10:30 am

  • Wed, Jan 22; Guernesy Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. A historical fiction set in 1946 as an epistolary novel
  • Wed, Feb 26; Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. A historical novel of a Korean family migrating to Japan

Happy, meet up, friendship, group.

Find a group to support you in what you're going through.


Do you like photography? How about languages?


Meet up with others who share your interests,
from chess to gardening to Sudoku.



Seymour Tech Center

Enroll at the Seymour Center. For class list see below or call Seymour Front Desk at 919-968-2070. If you have questions or need assistance with class choices, please call Mike Gilliom at 919-636-0993.

To check our class schedule & course descriptions, and sign up for our upcoming technology classes, go to our website: 


Special Events

Depolarizing Within: A Better Angels Workshop

Much of today’s epidemic of toxic polarization is driven by talking to like-minded people. Too often we stereotype, dismiss, or ridicule others who support another political party. Although political polarization has always been around, people today on the “other side” have become not just strangers but enemies.

How we talk among ourselves fuels fires that threaten our democracy. What if we learn the discipline of non-polarizing attitudes and words about the political “Other” with whom we do share a national past and future?

Register by: Fri, Jan 17, call 919-245-2015
Facilitator: Cathy Cole, Better Angels

Passmore Center 
Fri, Jan 24,     1 – 4:30 pm

Love is in the Air Sweetheart Ball, Sat. Feb. 8, 2020, 6-9pm, Carrboro High School, 1201 High Rock Haven Rd., Carrboro, NC. Call 919-968-2070 by Jan 24 to register. Live music, dinner dancing, imprompt fashion show, door prizes and more!

Tax Assistance

Get Ready for Tax Season

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) provides FREE tax help for those with low to moderate incomes beginning February 6th.  Our appointment line, 919-245-4242, opens on January 15th.  Visit our website for more information and to schedule an appointment online at

Volunteer Connect 55+

Calling Volunteers of All Ages!

We are seeking volunteers of all ages to join the VC55+ family of over 400 volunteers! The right volunteer match can be infinitely meaningful and fun – let us help you find your ideal volunteer match!

Opportunities Include:

  • Seymour & Passmore Center Greeter Team
  • Bi-Lingual (Karen/Burmese/Spanish/English) Volunteer Team
  • Long-term Care Volunteer Program with Signature HealthCARE
  • Handy Helpers Team
  • Friend to Friend Team
  • Community Visitation/SALT Team
  • Volunteer Drivers Team

To become a volunteer, please contact Shenae McPherson,VC55+ Administrator,
at 919-245-4243, or

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Jerry M. Passmore Center

Location & Hours

103 Meadowlands Dr. (PO Box 8181)
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Phone: 919-245-2015

Monday - Thursday, 8 am - 8 pm
Fridays, 8 am - 5 pm
Saturdays, 9 am - 11 am

Robert & Pearl Seymour Center

Location & Hours

2551 Homestead Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Monday - Thursday, 8 am - 9 pm
Fridays, 8 am - 5 pm
Saturdays, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm


Orange County Department on Aging - Aging Transitions Services
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Orange County Department on Aging - Volunteer Connect 55+
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