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06/07/19 - 06/20/19

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2019 Direct Care Worker Outstanding Service Award Winners

Orange County Department on Aging and the Senior Health Advocacy and Resource Partners of Orange County (SHARP) honored thirty-one individuals for their outstanding service in long-term care on May 9 during the SHARP Direct Care Worker Award ceremony.
This event recognizes direct care workers (nurse aides, personal care aides, companion caregivers, etc.) who served clients in Orange County within the past year, making a difference in their clients’ lives on a daily basis and in the community.
Commissioner Renee Price represented the Board of Orange County Commissioners and recognized all thirty-one nominees including ten individuals who received the following 2019 SHARP Direct Care Worker awards:
Client Impact Award: Pearl McGill and Christina Rich 
Going the Extra Mile Award: Chastity Bullock-Sassone and Tom Riley 
Leadership Award: Lynette Moore and Melvin Brodie 
Longevity Award: Patricia Miller 
Rising Star Award:  Evelyn Zacatenco-Trejo and Mariah Littlejohn 
Direct Care Worker of the Year: Rodah Samuel
Employers of the award winners were also honored at the awards ceremony, which took place at the Passmore Center in Hillsborough.  
2019 SHARP Direct Care Worker awardee employers are as follows: 
Carol Woods, Homewatch Caregivers, Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, Nurse Care of North Carolina, Piedmont Health Services, Right at Home of Durham & Chapel Hill, and Wisdom Senior Care.
To learn more about SHARP, please call 919.245.4276 or visit SHARP-Direct-Care-Worker-Awards

Rodah Samuel, 2019 Orange County Direct Care Worker of the Year; Renee Price, Vice-Chair, Orange County Board of County Commissioners, and Janice Tyler, Director, Orange County Department on Aging.
Rodah Samuel, Direct Care Worker of the Year; Commissioner Renee Price; and Janice Tyler, Director, Department on Aging.
2019 Orange County Outstanding Direct Care Workers
2019 Orange County Outstanding Direct Care Workers
Rodah Samuel, 2019 Orange County Direct Care Worker of the Year
Rodah Samuel, 2019 Orange County Direct Care Worker of the Year

Beat the Heat

Fans are available to individuals 60 and above (or those with a disability) who reside locally and who's health or well-being would benefit from a fan. A limited number of air conditioners are available - you must see a Social Worker to see if you qualify. This program is sponsored by Duke Energy and Valassis. Contact Robin Balin at the Seymour center at 919-245-4252, or Dawn Smith at the Passmore Center at 919-245-2015 for more information.

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

Faith Outreach Quarterly Breakfast: Fraud Prevention

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 AARP on Tue, Jun 11, at the UNC Hospital – Hillsborough Campus, for a discussion on fraud and how to keep you safe.
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 Mon, Jun 10 
Contact Shenae McPherson, VC55+ Administrator, at 919-245-4243, or  

UNC Health Care – Hillsborough Campus, 430 Waterstone Dr, Hillsborough
Tue, Jun 11                 9 – 11 am

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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

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

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

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.

Aging Transitions Services

African-American daughter with elderly mother

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

Passmore Center
2nd & 4th Thu, June 13; 1 – 2:30 pm

Seymour Center
2nd & 4th Fri, June 14; 10:30 am – 12 noon

Memory Cafe

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, June 10; 2 – 3:15 pm

Memory Cafe 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

Honeysuckle Tea House
Tuesday, June 11; 11 am 

Piedmont Health - Lunch and Learn Series 

Are you seeking information on health services? Do you need resources for dental care? Are you concerned for the mental health or dependence of your loved one?
Join our Aging Transitions team as we partner with Piedmont Health to offer a 4-part informational series. You may register for one or multiple sessions. A light lunch will be provided.
Register: No later than the Monday prior to each session
Location: Seymour Center                                    
Introduction to Piedmont Health Services/PACE
Wed, Jun 12    12:30 - 1:30 pm

Opioid Dependence and Older Adults
Wed, Jul 10                 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Anxiety and Depression     
Wed, Aug 14  12:30 - 1:30 pm
Dental Care and Overall Health Impact   
Wed, Aug 28 12:30 - 1:30 pm

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

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.

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

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: Fee: $20 for all 4 hours (or $5 per hour drop in)To register, call 919-968-2070. Other information: 919-280-2161.
To see past performances, check out

Staying In Charge Of Your LifeHot Topic Series: Moving in the Right Direction Seminar

Have you considered investigating the opportunities that await you in senior living communities?  Maybe you have thought about senior living communities, but don’t know where to start in your investigation or you don’t know the right questions to ask.  We will explore 55+ communities and what to look for when considering a move.  We will look at communities that are designed to assist us in transitioning from independent living to assisted living and full nursing services.  We will review the various options from fee based to equity-based communities.  There are a lot of considerations and a lot to explore so make plans to attend.

Courses offered by Hunter Rowe Real Estate Agents and Advisors

Register by: 1 week prior to class, call 919-968-2070

Seymour Center
Tue, Jun 25; 3 pm

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 on the medical, ethical and legal issues involving VSED, Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking - a little known end of life option.  They will share 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: Tue, Jun 25 at 919-245-2015

Passmore Center 
Thu, Jun 27; 5 - 7 pm

Employment Services for Older Adults

Photo of Mike Komives, Employment Specialist, Orange County Department on Aging
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? You will want to meet or talk with Mike Komives, Employment Specialist for Orange County Department On Aging. He's available Mondays and Fridays, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Seymour Senior Center in Chapel Hill, and on Wednesdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Passmore Senior Center in Hillsborough. 

You can schedule an appointment by calling 919-616-8778,
or emailing him at

Health and Wellness

New Program! Silver&Fit

The Seymour Center now has Silver&Fit! Are you a Silver&Fit Member? Ask the Wellness staff to find out more! The Silver&Fit exercise and healthy aging program is provided by American Specialty Health (ASH). It’s designed specifically for older adults. You may get access to Silver&Fit as a Medicare beneficiary through many insurance companies’ Medicare Advantage and Supplement plans.  

Safety and Medication 

Safely taking prescription drugs can be a challenge for some individuals and a worry for their loved ones.  Accessible labeling for prescription drugs such as large print labels or audible labels are becoming more widely available.  There are also tips and techniques that can help persons with limited sight identify their medications. Sometimes these resources can be used to help folks with other challenges as well. Please come discuss options on how we can help you feel safe!
Instructor: Kim Tyler MSW, Social Worker III, Social Worker for the Blind in Orange and Durham Counties Division of Services for the Blind
Register by: Wed, Jun 12
Seymour Center 
Tue, Jun 18      10 am - 12 noon 

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.

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

Date: June 10, 4:30 - 6 pm 

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

DateJune 11, 12 - 1:30 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

Adultos Mayores Activos (AMA)Active Seniors

Acompáñenos los jueves de 10 am – 2 pm para una variedad de actividades ofrecidas en español. Este grupo ofrece la oportunidad de socializar con adultos mayores, hacer ejercicio y aprender algo nuevo. Un día típico incluye pláticas sobre temas de salud,  y tiempo para socializar, relajarse y aprender una nueva habilidad. A las 12:00 el grupo participa en el programa de comida. Los requisitos son tener más de 60 años  y vivir en el condado de Orange. Si las personas no califican para el programa tienen la opción de comprar su comida por $6. Podemos tratar de ofrecerle, si lo solicita, transporte. Para más información en español puede contactar 919-245-4279.

Please join us on Thursdays from 10 am - 2 pm for various activities offered in Spanish. This group offers socialization, exercise, and learning with other seniors in Spanish. Typical gatherings might involve discussing health, relaxing activities, and/or learning a new skill (eg navigate social media, computer, or an English conversation).  At noon the group participates in the Lunch program. The qualifications for participation in it are to be 60 years or older and reside in Orange County. If you don’t qualify for the program, you may purchase a meal for $6. If you have questions or require transportation, please call 919-245-4279 (ex 1) for additional information.
Seymour Center
Thursdays                                  10 am – 2 pm
Fridays                                       12 noon - 2 pm

Aging In Place

Everyone desires to stay in their own home and yet, often as we age, our homes become more difficult to safely manage.  Are you interested in aging in place?  How important is it to maintain your independence in your own home?   This presentation will share information about the importance, benefits, risks, and the costs of aging in place.  Resources to help you achieve your dream will be provided.  Light refreshments will be served.

Register by: Thu, Jun 20
Presenter: Anne Edwards with Compassionate Concierge for Seniors

Passmore Center
Thu, Jun 27; 2 – 4 pm

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

Importance of Bees

Globally, there are more honey bees than other types of bee and pollinating insects, which makes them the world's most important food crops’ pollinator. It is estimated that one third of the daily food we consume relies on pollination, mainly by bees.  During this discussion you will learn why bees are so important to us.
Min: 10/Max: 25
Speaker: Bob Brauer, Beekeepers President
Register by: Thu, Jun 13
Passmore Center      
Thu, Jun 20     2 – 4 pm

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+

Faith Outreach Quarterly Breakfast: Fraud Prevention

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 AARP on Tue, Jun 11, at the UNC Hospital – Hillsborough Campus, for a discussion on fraud and how to keep you safe.
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 Mon, Jun 10 
Contact Shenae McPherson, VC55+ Administrator, at 919-245-4243, or  

UNC Health Care – Hillsborough Campus, 430 Waterstone Dr, Hillsborough
Tue, Jun 11                 9 – 11 am

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


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