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03/01/19 - 03/14/09

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Endless Possibilities Has a New Look

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Be sure to read all the way to the bottom, otherwise you will miss some pretty amazing programs and special events. 

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2019 Orange County Senior Games - Registration Now Open!

Senior Games is a year-round health promotion program for adults ages 50+. Activities include: sports and games competitions/tournaments, social activities, and the SilverArts.

Athletic Events will be held Apr 6 – May 4. The SilverArts visual/heritage art show will go on display beginning Mon, Apr 8. Registration Deadline: Early Bird - Friday, March 1; Final Deadline - Friday, March 22.

To register, volunteer or for more information visit the Orange County Senior Games website.

2019 SHARP Direct Care Worker Awards - Now Accepting Nominations!

Orange County Department on Aging and the community group, Senior Health Advocacy and Resource Partners of Orange County (SHARP), will host the fifth annual SHARP Direct Care Worker Awards. Nominations will be accepted from Feb 15 – Apr 5. A
recognition ceremony will be held for award winners on Thu, May 9.

This event is in honor of Direct Care Workers (nurse aides, personal care aides, companion caregivers, etc) who affect their clients’ lives on a daily basis and make
a difference in the Orange County community. 

For more information about the awards and to nominate a direct care worker, please visit SHARP Direct Care Worker Awards.

Download the Community Resource Guide for Seniors & Their Families

Legal Services

Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. is a non-profit, federally funded organization that provides free legal assistance, advice, and representation to low-income individuals and senior citizens on a variety of non-criminal legal issues. At the senior centers they execute Simple Wills, Living Wills, Powers of Attorney and Health Care Powers of Attorney.  

Series includes 6 separate workshops during the first hour, 10 - 11 am, on various topics including scams, identity theft, elder abuse, and managing credit and debt, and unfair debt collection. After the presentation the attorney will be available to provide one-on-one confidential advice.For appointments: Call Melany Earnhardt, Esq at Legal Aid of NC, 919-533-2015.

Passmore Center
4th Thu per alternate months, Feb 28 – By appointment: 10 am – 1 pm
Seymour Center     
4th Thu per alternate months, Mar 28 – By appointment: 10 am – 1pm

Aging Transitions Services

African-American daughter with elderly mother

Aging Transitions Services is a one-stop-shop for aging in place supports.

Call  919-968-2070 or email the Aging Helpline to talk to trained staff about aging-related issues. Helpline hours: 9 am - 4 pm, Monday - 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.

Caregivers’ Support Groups

Meet with other caregivers to share experiences, learn new skills, and get answers to questions about dementia and other long-term disabilities.  Group is open, friendly and informal.  To register and to get more information about the group and caregiving in general call 919-968-2087. 
Register by: 1 week prior to meeting date for both centers
Passmore Center *Note the new date & time for the Passmore group
*2nd & 4th Thursday: Mar 14, 28; Apr 11, 25; May 9, 23; 1 pm - 2:30 pm
Seymour Center   
2nd & 4th Friday: Mar 8, 22; Apr 12, 26; May 10, 24; 10:30 am – 12 noon

Dementia Basics          

The Dementia Education Collaborative is designed to provide basic information about dementia to individuals with memory concerns, caregivers, family members, friends, and interested community members. ‘What Can We Expect? Dementia Basics’ is a four-part series with topics regarding brain health, types and stages of dementia, communication, and preparation for the journey ahead.

Register by: Fri, Mar 29, call the Passmore Center at 919-245-2015
Instructors: Aging Transitions Team and Experienced Community Members
Fee: FREE      

Passmore Center
Wed, Apr 3 – 24; 1 – 3 pm

Transportation Information Table

Get answers about public transportation, including local bus information and door to door services. Visit the Transportation Information Table (ask the front desk to direct you to the table location):
Passmore Center – Weds, March 6, 10:00-11:30  
Seymour Center – Tues,  March 5   10:00 -11:30
Call the Transportation Help Line: 919 -717 -1853 (Mon – Fri, 9 am – 5 pm) for the following transportation services: transportation information, travel training, volunteer driver program, advocacy.

Classes and Trips

Older Asian couple on a nature hike.

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! You can go anywhere from Raleigh, NC to South Africa.

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. 

Browse the Senior Times to see all that we offer.

Employment Services for Older Adults

Job Search Classes for Mature Job Seekers

Looking for a full-time or part-time job?  Resumes have changed; is yours current?  Attend one of the classes below and learn how you can improve your resume.

Passmore Center: 9 – 10 am
Wed, Mar 6 – Resumes have changed!  Is yours current?
Seymour Center: 9 - 10 am
Fri, Mar 1 – Resumes have changed!  Is yours current?


Employment Specialist, Mike Komives, is available Mondays and Fridays, 9 am to 5 pm, at the Seymour Center, and Wednesdays, 9 am to 1 pm, at the Passmore Center.  He offers guidance on how to succeed in today’s job market - whether you’re looking for full-time or part-time work, exploring a new career, or thinking about starting your own business.  To make an appointment call 919-616-8778, or email Mike Komives.

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.

Keeping Your Mouth Happy and Healthy!

Join UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry Students for a discussion on oral health.
Learn how these 4 key areas can affect your overall oral health:

  • How tobacco use affects one’s dental health
  • Proper Oral Hygiene procedures/best practices
  • How proper nutrition can improve dental health
  • They will give instructions on how to properly care for dentures and partials (no cleanings will be provided)

Date: Thursday March 8, 2019
Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Seymour Center
Fee: Free

NAMI Basics: Caring for You, Your Family and Your Child

"NAMI  Basics" is a free 15-hour education course for parents and grandparents of children 18 and under with emotional, behavioral, and neurological disorders. It is taught by trained teachers who are the parent or grandparent of a child or adolescent who developed mental health symptoms during childhood.

The NAMI Basics curriculum gives parents and caregivers vital information about their children's illnesses and treatment strategies so they can better advocate for their children with mental health in school, and other systems involved in their children's care.  For more information and to register contact Barbara Maier, 919-929-7822.

Seymour Center 
Sat, Mar 9, 16, 23; 10 am – 3 pm  

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!

Are you turning 65, and eligible for Medicare?  Do you feel overwhelmed by all the information “bombarding” you?  The Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) and the Orange County Department on Aging offer monthly sessions to learn about Medicare - and all its parts.  Whether you are retiring soon, already retired or continuing to work, you’ll get valuable information including how and when to enroll, potential penalties for late enrollment, Medicare’s costs, benefits and options.   

Fee:  FREE

Orange County Public Library, 137 Margaret Lane, Hillsborough
Call 919-245-2015 to Register
Wed, Mar 20; 4:30 – 6 pm
Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill
Call 919-968-2070 to Register
Mon, Mar 11; 4:30 - 6 pm

Meet and Mingle

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, or sign up for our upcoming class announcements, go to our website: 


Special Events

Community Farm & Garden Day announcement
 Prime Time Players present: "Let's Get Away From It All!"

Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking (VSED): 

A little-known End of Life Option

As modern technology prolongs our lives, a life well-lived can often end with a long and painful struggle. Increasingly there are choices available about end-of-life options that afford greater personal control over the time and manner of death.  A “good death” is more likely when medical practitioners and those supporting the dying person are more informed about these options.
The Project EngAGE End of Life Choices Senior Resource Team proudly hosts Elliott and Susan Schaffer for a discussion of the medical, ethical and legal issues involving VSED, Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking, a little-known end of life option.  They will share with us the end of life story of Susan’s mother, Beatrice Belopolsky, a resident of a retirement community in New Jersey.
Elliott Schaffer, MD, is a retired geriatrician who was formerly the Medical Director at Martins Run Life Care Community in Media, Pa.  Susan Schaffer, JD, is a retired attorney who was formerly Senior Counsel at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.  
Register by: Wed, March 6, 919-968-2070

Location: Seymour Center
Date: Thursday, March 7, 5 - 7 pm

Tax Assistance

Get Free Help With Your Income Taxes

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a FREE tax service for those with low to moderate income. IRS Certified volunteers prepare federal and state tax returns including free electronic filing.   

2018 Tax Preparation: February 6 – April 13
Passmore Center in Hillsborough – Wednesdays & Saturdays
Seymour Center in Chapel Hill – Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays

Appointments are filling up fast. Review our Eligibility Criteria and make your appointment online at or call us at 919-245-4242.

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+ Volunteer Coordinator, at 919-245-4243, or

Get Connected

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
Orange County Department on Aging - Senior Centers
Orange County Department on Aging - Volunteer Connect 55+

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