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04/12/19 - 04/25/09

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Announcements

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ATTENTION! The movie, "Mama Mia: Here We Go Again!" has been RESCHEDULED as part of a Double Feature on May 8.



Cinema Night at Seymour - "Mama Mia: Here We Go Again!" originally scheduled for April 10, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, May 8, 3:30 p.m. It will be shown as part of a double feature event, starting at 3:30 p.m. with "Mama Mia: Here We Go Again!" followed by "Adrift" at 6:00 p.m.

A complimentary dinner will be provided. 
Registration Required: call 919-968-2070

We hope that you will join us for the double feature and dinner.
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.

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.
 
Our OutLoud Flash Mob began spring 2017 aiming to add more activity to our lives and to bring smiles to the community with pop-up performances.
 
 What is a Flash Mob? Flash mobs take place all over the world in public places at locations known only to the performers. Participants actually look like everyone else -- food servers, shoppers, tourists. When the music starts, they come together from many directions to perform a dance routine they learned in class. As the dance progresses, some performers wait and add themselves to the group so they look like they were only “observers” who decided to join in.


Volunteer Appreciation Dinner & Party: You Are Invited!

Calling all Orange County Department on Aging Volunteers! You are cordially invited to the Third Annual VC55+ Volunteer Appreciation Party! Please join us on Fri, May 10, from
4 – 6 pm, at the Seymour Center
 for a lively volunteer appreciation dinner and party!
 
Thank you, Volunteers! Your unwavering generosity and hard work throughout the year has been an inspiration to all of us at the Department on Aging and throughout our community. Please accept our gratitude by attending the Volunteer Appreciation Party!
 
Register by: Fri, May 3, 919-968-2070
Fee: FREE

Seymour Center 
Fri, May 10                                                     4 - 6 pm


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 Centerhttps://nextdoor.com/pages/passmore-center/recommend/

To recommend the Seymour Centerhttps://nextdoor.com/pages/seymour-center/recommend/ 

Thank you for supporting our senior centers!

Aging Transitions Services

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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 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


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

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Bus Riding 101 (Passmore)

Find out where the public buses go, where to get schedules and what the buses cost to ride. Discover how easy it is to map out a bus trip. Learn about door to door transportation, eligibility, and how to sign up for services.  Uber and Lyft information will be available as well.  Registration preferred. Please call Lisa Berley to sign up:  919- 717-1853
 
Fee: FREE
 
Passmore Center, 103 Meadowlands Dr., Hillsborough, NC
Date/Time: Wed, Apr 17; 10 - 11:30 am


Flash Mob Dance Group – Give it a Try!

Ready to try something new? Try our OutLoud Flash Mob.  Learn simple dance routines from a patient instructor, then take them into the community to delight “random” audiences with a surprise performance, seated, standing, or dancing. We welcome new members of all abilities whether you want to give it a try one or more times.

April classes are Thursdays, 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill. May classes will be Saturdays, May 18 and 25, 1:00 to 3:00. The May 11 Saturday 1:00 to 3:00 class has been changed to a free practice.

Yes, you can start anytime. Going forward, new members automatically may join the group, as they wish, to provide free local performances. 
 
Fee: $20 for all 4 classes (or $5 per hour drop in). To register, call 919-968-2070. Other information: 919-280-2161.


Revisiting Retirement 

Rather than treating retirement as an entitlement, consider viewing retirement as an opportunity. Now’s the time to do some of the things we always wanted to, or follow up on our passion. Each uses our background, experience, skills, and expertise. Those attributes make it possible for us to make a unique contribution. How about using some of our limited disposable time, energy, resources, and funds to help others be better off? That will be our legacy. Importantly, only you can decide what is best for you. 

Register by: Thu, Apr 18
Instructor: Bernie Kemp
Fee: FREE
 
Seymour Center
Fri, Apr 26                  1 - 2 pm


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!

CLASSES  

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES


TRIPS  


"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

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Mike Komives
Employment Specialist
Orange Co. Dept. on Aging

Searching for a job?  Exploring a new career?  Thinking of starting your own business? Each of these requires a plan, dedication, and knowledge about what works best in today's marketplace. 
 
Want help?  Schedule an appointment to talk to Mike Komives, Employment Specialist for Orange County Department On Aging. He's available on Mondays and Fridays at the Seymour Senior Center in Chapel Hill,
and on Wednesdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Passmore Senior Center in Hillsborough.  Call
919-616-8778 or email Mike Komives today! 

Health and Wellness

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Prescription Drug Drop Off 

Do you have expired, unused, or unwanted medications?  Safely dispose of your expired, unused, or unwanted medications at the drop off event on April 17.   You may also dispose of over the counter medications.  Drop off event provided by the Chapel Hill Police Department.

 
Seymour Center 
Wed, Apr 17; 10 am  - 12 noon

Passmore Center
Wed, Apr 24; 10 am -12  noon


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.

VIEW OUR WELLNESS SPECIAL EVENTS  


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. 

 SENOR LUNCH PROGRAM 


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

Medicare Tip of the Month:
Annual Wellness Visit vs Annual Physical Exam

Original Medicare covers an Annual Wellness Visit which is primarily a discussion with your physician about your health needs and wellness screening tests that are beneficial for your situation.  It does NOT cover a typical Annual Physical which will include a comprehensive physical examination.  When making an appointment, be sure to use the right words to avoid being charged for your visit - ask for an Annual Wellness Visit.  
 
If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, you may be covered for the more extensive Annual Physical.  You'll need to check your benefit booklet or call your insurance company to check.  


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.  

Fee: FREE

Orange County Public Library - Hillsborough
137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough NC
To register, call 919-245-2015

Tue., April 16, 2019, 6 - 7;30 p.m.
Wed., May 22 2019, 4:30-6 p.m.


Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill NC
To register, call 919-968-2070

Mon., May 13 2019, 12-1:30 p.m.


Meet and Mingle

Happy, meet up, friendship, group.


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

 CONNECT WITH SUPPORT GROUPS 

Do you like photography? How about languages?

JOIN AN ORGANIZATION OR CLUB 


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

 

 INTEREST GROUPS 

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: 


 SEYMOUR TECH CENTER 

Special Events

Art Opening – Luna Lee Ray and Students

Luna Lee Ray is an accomplished artist and teacher.  She has been teaching at the Passmore Center for 15+ years.  This exhibit will highlight not only her work, but those of her students.   Art will be on display Mon, May 6 - Thu, Jun 20.  Please join us for an afternoon reception and an opportunity to meet the artists.
 
Fee: FREE
 
Passmore Center
Mon, May 6               3 pm


Presenting the Inaugural Season of the PARKINSON'S PLAYERS!

Join us for the inaugural season of the Parkinson's Players -- a voice, movement and theater-based program for people living with Parkinson's disease.
The performance made possible, in part, by the generosity of the Orange County Department on Aging.

For more information,  email PDPlayers@unchealth.unc.edu or calling 984-974-2107.

Seymour Center
Sat, Apr 27, 2 pm

This program is presented FREE of charge by a community grant from the Parkinson's Foundation.

Tax Assistance

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 IRS.gov. 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 shmcpherson@orangecountync.gov.

Get Connected

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Jerry M. Passmore Center

Location & Hours

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

Hours:
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
Phone:919-968-2070

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

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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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