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03/29/19 - 04/11/09

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

Medicare Quick Tip of the Month

Are you paying more than $8.50/month for your prescription medication?  Medicare’s Extra Help Program reduces the cost of medications and drug plan premiums for those who qualify.  If you have monthly income under $1,538 ($2,078 for a married couple living together) and limited resources, you may qualify. Those with lower incomes may qualify for additional programs that eliminate the Part B premium, deductibles and coinsurance.  Make an appointment with a certified SHIIP Counselor to see if you qualify and complete an application.  Visit us online at or call 919-245-4274.

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

We're on Nextdoor!

The Passmore Center and The Seymour Center are now on Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods. Would you recommend us to your neighbors and help get the word out?

To recommend the Passmore Center

To recommend the Seymour Center 

Thank you for supporting our senior centers!

Aging Transitions Services

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

Call the Aging Helpline at 919-968-2087 to 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.

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 either center
Passmore Center *Note the new date & time for the Passmore group
*2nd & 4th Thursday: Apr 11, 25; May 9, 23; 1 pm - 2:30 pm
Seymour Center   
2nd & 4th Friday: 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. Download and share the Dementia Basics flyer.

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

Apr 3:   Brain Health Basics
Apr 10: Types and Stages of Dementia
Apr 17: Communication
Apr 24: Planning for the Journey Ahead

Memory Café

A social outlet for people with dementia, and their care partners. Meets second Monday of each month at Bruegger’s Bagels (1800 E Franklin, Chapel Hill). For more information, contact Kim Lamon-Loperfido, 919-245-4253, or

Bruegger’s Bagels
2nd Mon, Apr 8; 2 – 3:15 pm

Memory Café on the Move

A social outlet for people with dementia, and their carepartners. Come out for fun activities in the community. For more information contact Kim Lamon-Loperfido, 919-245-
4253, or 

UNC Sense of Place Tour
Tue, Apr 9, 11 am

The Approach to Diagnosis & Treatment of Dementia

Questions about how dementia is diagnosed?  Want to understand medical treatment options?  Join 4th year medical student Sung (Richard) Park and the Orange County Dementia Education Collaborative as we learn more.


Passmore Center 
Tue, April 16, 3:30 pm
Register by: Apr 12, call 919-245-2015

Seymour Center
Tue, April 9, 3 pm
Register by: Apr 5, call 919-968-2070

Please call 919-245-4279 or email Marie Dagger with additional questions.

Download and share the Approach to Diagnosis & Treatment of Dementia flyer.

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! 

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

Appearances are Critical

When you’re searching for a job, exploring a new career, or starting your own business, your appearance is critical. Make sure you look as if YOU CARE ABOUT HOW YOU LOOK.  Learn more tips on what business leaders expect from Mike Komives, Employment Specialist for the Orange County Department On Aging.
Passmore Center: 9 – 10 am
Wed, Apr 3 – Appearances are Critical. Learn some helpful tips
Seymour Center: 9 - 10 am
Fri, Apr 5 – Appearances are Critical. Learn some helpful tips

Mike is also available for individual meetings – Mondays and Fridays, 9 AM to 5 PM at the Seymour Center, and Wednesdays, 9 AM to 1 PM at the Passmore Center. Schedule an appointment by calling 919-616-8778, or email:

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.

Oral Health Education Sessions

Maintaining good oral health can minimize oral disease and tooth loss. Learn about:
  • Dry mouth and the effects it can have on your teeth
  • The importance of denture care
  • Whitening your teeth
  • And much more! 
All attendees will receive a free toothbrush. 

Register by: Thursday, April 4

Passmore Center, call 919-245-2015
Wed., April 10, 10 - 10:40 am

Seymour Center, call 919-968-2070
Wed., April 10, 10 - 10:40 am

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? 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.  

Chapel Hill Public Library
Mon., April 8, 2019, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
To register, call 919-968-2070
Orange County Public Library - Hillsborough
Tue., April 16, 2019, 6 - 7;30 p.m.
To register, call 919-245-2015

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

Aging In Community Speaker Series

RETIREMENT: Perhaps the afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.  Robert Frost  
Do you ever wonder what possibilities lay ahead when you leave work?  What do retirees say about money?  How does your retirement affect your loved ones?   Are there other considerations as you approach your new life?
These questions and more will be addressed by a diverse panel of “experts” on retirement.   Our panel will include people who are easing into retirement, have recently retired and are well into their new lives away from formal work.  They will share their stories - the surprises, the ups, the downs, the opportunities and the experiences that helped them write their unique retirement script.
We hope you’ll leave this event inspired to think about the endless possibilities your life could hold in retirement.
Register by: Mon, Apr 8 at 919-968-2070
Fee: FREE 

Seymour Center 
Wed, Apr 10     6:30 - 8:30 pm

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.

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.

Where’s My Tax Refund?

The best way for taxpayers to check the status of their refund is to use the Where's My Refund? tool on You’ll need your social security number, filing status (single, married filing jointly, etc.) and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund.  For a return filed electronically, it will take about 21 days for the refund to be processed; for a paper return expect 6 weeks.   

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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