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05/24/19 - 06/06/19

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Holiday Closing

The Passmore Center and the Seymour Center will be closed on Monday, May 27, in recognition of Memorial Day.

Community Yard Sale, Sat., June 8, 8 am-1 pm, Passmore Center, 103 Meadowlands Dr., Hillsborough. Info: Call 919-418-0032.

Connect, Create, Contribute Contest

Connect, Create, Contribute is the 2019 theme for Older American’s Month. Throughout the month of May, there will be many ways to connect, create, and contribute right here at the Seymour Center. Look for contest materials and instructions at the “4 C” station in the lobby. Select gift cards will be rewarded to persons with the most entries in each contest category.  Join us on Thu, Jun 6 to find out if you are one of our winners. Here’s to “4-C”able success!

Registration not required. 

Seymour Center
Thu, Jun 6              10 - 11 am

Get to Know Archery

We are exploring the possibility of an archery program. We don’t have details at this time, but wanted to find out if there would be any interest in a program of this sort.
Please contact: Myra Austin Senior Centers Administrator and OC Senior Games Co-coordinator, or 919-245-2020 by June 1

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Important Creativity Project needs you!

Carl Nordgren has helped thousands of entrepreneurs and creative professionals, scientists and engineers, military leaders and college students be and become their most creative and entrepreneurial selves for nearly 20 years now.  Now he wants to help you.
This two hour event is part workshop, where he will share with you what he has learned about the aging brain to help you confidently grow your creative capacity and develop your entrepreneurial instincts and behaviors, the most important qualities you have as you make your way in this uncertain world. 
And the event is part focus group, where you can share your thoughts about the best ways to help others appreciate how important it is, and how simple it is, for us all to be and become the most creative and entrepreneurial versions of ourselves we can be, in our work and in our daily lives. 
Your participation is free and it’s going to be fun!
All participants will receive a free electronic version of Nordgren’s book ‘Becoming a Creative Genius (again)’ with video annotations and updates included.
There are multiple dates to choose. Only select 1 session to attend, space is limited to 12 participants per session.

Register by: 1 week prior to workshop/focus group

Passmore Center, call 919-245-2015 to register.
Wed, Jul 31, 2 – 4 pm
Thu, Aug 1, 6 – 8 pm
Wed, Aug 7, 4 – 4 pm

Seymour Center, call 919-968-2070 to register.
Tue, Jun 18, 2 – 4 pm
Tue, Jun 25, 6 - 8 pm
Tue, Jul 2, 2 – 4 pm
Tue, Jul 9, 6 - 8 pm

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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.

2019 Older American's Month - Connect, Create, & Connect!

In an effort to acknowledge and express our appreciation to those around us, we are developing a Gratitude Team.  This team embodies the Older American’s month theme; however, we plan to continue this theme throughout the year.  The team will connect with individuals within our community, create a basket full of homemade goodies and deliver them to those who serve our community.  This list will include law enforcement, fire departments, and emergency management services - to name a few.  Our first delivery will be to the Hillsborough Fire Department on Wed, Sep 11. 

If you are interested in joining this team or learning more about our plans, please call Terry at 919-245-2015. You can contribute an item for the basket or take part in delivering it - or both! 

Passmore Center

Aging Transitions Services

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Care Partner Collaborative

Join us as we come together weekly to co-create a space that welcomes and  supports people experiencing early-stage memory loss. In a warm and relaxed setting, we’ll share conversation, have lunch, and enjoy movement and other activities of our own design.

This gathering, which takes place at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill, is part of a collaborative project that relies on the input of care partners, who are invited to participate on a limited basis. Through their involvement in various aspects of the collaborative, care partners gain connection, community,  comfort and confidence for their journey ahead.
Participation is free and registration is required. Please email Lisa Meinert or call 919-245-4251 to discuss eligibility details and whether this is a good fit for you and the person you are caring for.

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
Seymour Center   
2nd & 4th Friday, May 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, May 31 with Marie Dagger at 919-245-4279 or
Instructors: Aging Transitions Team and Experienced Community Members
Fee: FREE      

UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont
Mon, Jun 3-24; 5:50-7:30 pm

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

Memory Café

A social outlet for people with dementia, and their care partners. Meets first Tuesday of each month at Cup-A-Joe (112 W King St, Hillsborough). For more information, contact Kim Lamon-Loperfido, 919-245-4253, or

Cup-A-Joe, Hillsborough
1st Tuesday, June 4; 2:30-3:45 pm

Memory Café on the Move

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

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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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.

Downsizing - Deliberate Decisions

Ready to downsize, but not exactly sure where or how to start?  Fret not!  With a little willpower and determination, this 2-part course has all the right tools to put you on the right path.  Part 1 will help you achieve an overall vision for downsizing via organizing and learning the power of letting go.  Part 2 will help you realize techniques for implementing one project at a time, to identify where to start, and how to keep going.  Instructor will provide handouts and great tips on how to sell, consign or donate.   

Register by: 1 week prior to each session
Instructor: Dede Banks

Seymour Center   
Thu, Jun 13, 1 – 2:30 pm
Thu, Jun 27, 1 – 2:30 pm

Estate Planning Workshops

Must register 1 week prior to the first session.  You may register for all sessions at the same time.  Workshops are presented by Colin Austin, Attorney at Law, with  Hillsborough Wills & Trusts. Register by calling Passmore Center (919-245-2015) / Seymour Center  (919-968-2070)
Putting your Estate in Order: Topics include: assessing your needs; creating a strong Will or Trust; and avoiding complications for your beneficiaries.

Passmore Center
Mon, Jun 10, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Seymour Center  
Thu, Jun  6, 7 – 8:30 pm
Securing support for a loved one when they can no longer take care of themselves: Topics include Financial Powers of Attorney, Health Care Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, and Revocable Trusts.

Passmore Center
Tue, Jun 11, 6:30- 8 pm
Seymour Center 
Thu, Jun 13, 7 – 8:30 pm

Financial Planning

Money management doesn’t have to be complicated and boring.  Learn from a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER practitioner about modern and interesting financial planning techniques that can improve your retirement, investments, and estate plan.  You are guaranteed to be educated and entertained.   Min: 10 / Max: 100     
Instructor: Michael Zuber, CFP®, CTFA, AEP®, Wealth Advisor, Investors Trust Company
Register by: 3 business days in advance of the scheduled class.   
Passmore Center
Tue, May 28, 3 – 4 pm          The Silent Killer to Retirement Savings
Seymour Center
Tue, May 28,10 – 11 am      The Silent Killer to Retirement Savings


We'll discuss how to spot certain red flags that may indicate a fraudulent encounter, resources you can turn to in the event you or a loved one is targeted, and steps you can take now to help protect yourself and your loved ones.
Register by: Wed, May 29 (Passmore)/ Aug 21 (Seymour)
Instructor: Mary-Charles Nassif, CFP, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Passmore Center
Wed, Jun 5, 2 noon – 1 pm
Seymour Center
Wed, Aug 28, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

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.

Classes will be Saturdays, June 8 and 15, 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill. 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.
To see past performances, check out

Employment Services for Older Adults

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Mike Komives
Employment Specialist
Orange Co. Dept. on Aging

On June 5, 9 - 10 AM at the Passmore Center in Hillsborough, and June 7, 9 - 10 AM at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill, elder job seekers can gain valuable tips on how to make a Job Fair productive. The session includes handouts describing what to do BEFORE, DURING and AFTER. Mike Komives, Employment Specialist, will facilitate this workshop.
And, Save the date!  Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm, Orange County Department On Aging will offer Working and Volunteering after Retirement: Exploring Your Options.”  This FREE workshop will be held at Durham Tech’s Orange County Campus, 525 College Park Road, Hillsborough. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Mike Komives: 919-616-8778, or email:

Health and Wellness

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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

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.

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.  


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

DateJune 11, 12 - 1:30 pm

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

Date: June 10, 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

An Up-Close Experience with the Chapel Hill Nine

In the spirit of Juneteenth, the Chapel Hill Nine will share their liberating moment that took place in 1960 during the segregation period.  Four of the nine history makers will share their stories and experiences the day they decided to sit down and demand service at a lunch counter in Chapel Hill. At the conclusion of the presentation, you will have the opportunity to meet and greet them over light refreshments and to take photos.

Register by: Wed, Jun 19

Seymour Center
Wed, Jun 26, 11 am

Benefits of Honey - HoneyTasting

Did you know that a spoonful of honey a day is good for you?  Learn the surprising health benefits of honey.   You will have an opportunity to taste a variety of honeys from our area and across the county.  We will give ideas on foods to pair with honey. Min: 10/Max: 25

Register by: Tue, Jun 18

Passmore Center      
Tue, Jun 25                 (233048-01)                            3 pm

They Say Older People Are Happier…Are You?

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Project EngAGE Mental Wellness & Aging Senior Resource Team will host a facilitated discussion about mental health in the context of aging. Join us as a panel of experts share their knowledge and experiences on how mental health changes as we age, as well as strategies for maintaining our mental wellness.   
Register by: Tue, May 28, call 919-968-2070.
Seymour Center 2551 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill, NC
Date/Time: Thu, May 30; 5 - 7 pm

Trivia Nights at Passmore

Trivia night is not trivial at all! Gather a team or join a team of three and put your knowledge to the test.  If you don’t know anyone, that’s fine as we will assign teams as needed.  Make new friends and enjoy a slice or two of pizza as we see who takes home the coveted Passmore trophy.  Min: 15/Max: 30

Register by: 1 week prior to each event
Fee: $2

Passmore Center                                                                   5 – 8 pm
Thu, Jun 27  
Thu, Jul 11, 25
Thu, Aug 8, 22

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 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

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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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