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Orange County Senior Games

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.

OutLoud Flash Mob Seeks Places to Perform

Schedule a free surprise Flash Mob performance at your business or special event. Our OutLoud Flash Mob can also provide a short pre-routine lesson and then “call” the routine moves so that your employees can participate. To schedule, call 919-280-2161.

Add more activity to your life and to bring smiles to the community with pop-up performances. Join the OutLoud Flash Mob team or schedule a performance today!

Sign Up to Receive Notifications About Upcoming Events

Subscribe to the  Notify Me system to receive emails or text messages about upcoming Department on Aging special events and programs, Orange County Alerts & News, and more! You select what you are interested in and can "unsubscribe" at any time. 

Aging Transitions Services

African-American daughter with elderly mother

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 28; Apr 11, 25; May 9, 23; 1 pm - 2:30 pm
Seymour Center   
2nd & 4th Friday: Mar 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

Aging Help, information & consultations: 919-968-2087

Call 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.

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?  Concerned about Age Discrimination? Want tips on productive networking? Wondering about a different career?  Considering starting your own business?  50% of all jobs are NOT posted! How do I learn about them? Orange County Department on Aging can help you address these subjects and challenges.

Mike Komives, Employment Specialist for the Orange County Department on Aging, 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.  You can make an appointment with him by calling 919-616-8778, or emailing him:

In addition, these classes will be offered:
Passmore Center: 9 – 10 am
Wed, Apr 3 – Appearances are Critical. Learn some helpful tips
Wed, May 1 – 50 % of Jobs Are Not Posted!  How Do I Find Them?
Seymour Center: 9 - 10 am
Fri, Apr 5 – Appearances are Critical. Learn some helpful tips
Fri, May 3 – 50 % of Jobs Are Not Posted!  How Do I Find Them?

Health and Wellness

Older Hispanic woman exercising with an exercise ball.

Holistic Care

Holistic medicine, frequently referred to as integrative health and medicine, has been steadily gaining traction among patients.  Dr  Roy Solomon’s, MD, PhD, belief in holistic care is that you have to reconnect with your inner child, release things you are carrying in the sub-conscious mind through forgiveness, meditation and energy healing. All of this happens with the power of the mind. He has helped over 1,500 people with this method - come hear how you can be helped too.
Register by: Passmore: Mar 20 / Seymour: Apr 3

Passmore Center
Thu Mar 27; 10:30 - 11:30 am
Seymour Center
Wed, Apr 10; 10:30 - 11:30 am

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!

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

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 and Spiritual Wellness Study

Come and join Marisa, the volunteer chaplain, for a  five-week spiritual study on community and spiritual wellness! It will be held at the Seymour Center on Fridays from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, beginning on  March 22nd. RSVP to Melissa Hunter or just show up if you are interested. All are welcome! 

Community Farm & Garden Day announcement

Faith Outreach Quarterly Breakfast: Let’s Talk About Mental Health

The Department on Aging, together with UNC Health Care, and the Project EngAGE Faith Outreach Senior Resource Team, cordially invites leaders and members of Orange County faith organizations, as well as anyone interested, to its next quarterly breakfast meeting. Please join us and guest speakers from Cardinal Innovations Healthcare on Tue, Mar 19, at the UNC Hospital – Hillsborough Campus, for a discussion on mental health and aging, entitled “Let’s Talk About Mental Health.”
The Faith Outreach initiative aims to connect Orange County’s diverse faith communities, and to bring them essential information, education, and opportunities.
Please RSVP by Thu, Mar 14 Contact Shenae McPherson, VC55+ Administrator, at 919-245-4243, or  
UNC Health Care – Hillsborough Campus, 430 Waterstone Dr, Hillsborough
Tue, Mar 19                9 – 11 am

Las Vegas Night, April 27, 2019, 6-10 pm, Passmore Center, Hillsborough, NC. Call 919-418-0032. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
 Prime Time Players present: "Let's Get Away From It All!"

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+ Administrator,
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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