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06/21/19 - 07/04/19

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Senior Centers Closed on July 4th!

Both senior centers will be closed on Thursday, July 4, in recognition of Independence Day. Everyone enjoy the holiday. Happy Birthday America!

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2nd Annual Working and Volunteering after Retirement - Exploring Your Options Expo

Are you searching for a full-time or part-time job? Exploring a new career? Thinking about starting your own business? What do you want to do?
Discover the endless possibilities available to retirees.  Experts will share valuable information and offer guidance designed to enhance your job search or career exploration, provide information and resources for starting your own business, and other options after retirement.

Workshops include:

  • Entrepreneuring at 55+
  • Financial Planning Solutions
  • Discover Your Creativity – Everyone Has It
  • Health Insurance Questions and Answers
  • Owning and Operating a Franchise
  • Volunteering
  • LinkedIn for Mature Job Seekers
  • Job Search Resources - and More!

Refreshments will be provided. 

Register by: Fri, Jul 12 at 919-616-8778. For more information, or to RSVP, please email Mike Komives or call 919-616-8778.


Location: Durham Technical Community College - Orange County Campus, 525 College Park Rd, Hillsborough

Date/Time: Wed, Jul 17; 8:30 am - 1 pm 

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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 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

Healthy Aging: How to Remain Vital and Focused After 50

Project EngAGE Neighborhood Connections Senior Resource Team invite you to discover how you can remain active and healthy after 50. Integrative nutritionist, Susan Wyler, will share the power of nutrition and what a difference it can make in your well being over time. It’s never too late.

No registration required. For more information, email Vibeke Talley at

Instructor: Susan Wyler, MPH, RDN, LDN
Fee: Free

Orange County Public Library - Hillsborough: Public Meeting Room
Mon., July 15, 6:30 pm

Legal Services

Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc is a statewide non-profit, federally funded law firm that provides free legal services to low-income individuals and senior citizens on a variety of non-criminal legal issues.  At the senior centers they can help prepare Simple Wills and other advance directives - Living Wills, Powers of Attorney and Health Care Powers of Attorney.  During the first hour, 10 – 11 am, there will be a presentation on "Consumer Protection Law" when a Legal Aid attorney will address laws designed to protect you and your loved ones from: scams, identity theft, managing credit, unfair debt collection and elder abuse.  After each presentation, the attorney will be available for questions and applications for individual assistance. If you cannot attend a workshop or have an urgent matter, call Melany Earnhardt, Esq. to schedule an appointment at Legal Aid of North Carolina, 919-533-2015.
Passmore Center
4th Thu on alternate months
Thu, Jun 27; 10 am 

Orange County Voter Forums – Voter ID Laws

Are you confused about the voter ID law? You’re not alone! The Policy and Advocacy Senior Resource Team is proud to host two public forums – Mon, July 15 and Thu, August 8 – for people to learn more about the law as it stands, how it may impact our community, how to get a valid photo ID, and how to volunteer! The Orange County Board of Elections, You Can Vote, and Spread the Vote will all have representatives present to talk about the law and getting involved. The first hour will be used for presentation and the second hour will be used for Q&A and time to meet with representatives.

Seymour Center 
Mon, Jul 15; 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Passmore Center 
Thu, Aug 8; 1:30 – 3:30 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

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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

Passmore Center
2nd & 4th Thu, June 27; 1 – 2:30 pm

Seymour Center
2nd & 4th Fri, June 28; 10:30 am – 12 noon

Memory Cafe

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, July 2; 2:30-3:45 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

Ramble Rill Farm
Thursday, June 27; 10 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                                    

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

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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.

Bus Riding 101

Find out about the public bus systems: 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 either senior center to register: Seymour (919-968-2070) Passmore (919-245-2015)

Orange County Public Library, Hillsborough   
Tues, Jun 18    1 - 2:30 pm 

Flash Mob Dance Group – Give it a Try!

Ready to try something new? Ask about 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, July 13 and 20, 1:00 - 3:00 pm at the Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill. Yes, you can start anytime. Going forward, new members may join the group, as they wish, to provide free local performances. Class min. 5.
Fee: $5 per hour drop in. Optional outfits additional fee. To register, call 919-968-2070. Other information: 919-280-2161.
To see past performances, check out

Techniques for Assisting A Person Who Uses A Walker or Wheelchair

Many of us have friends or family members who use canes, walkers, wheelchairs or other devices. How can we best assist them when they are getting up from a chair, walking, or going up or down stairs, curbs and ramps? This session will cover safe ways to be of assistance. Instructor: Marie Dagger, Occupational Therapist
Seymour Center
Tue, Jul 9          3 - 4 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

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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? 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.   

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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

NC Department of Insurance Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program logo

SHIIP provides free, unbiased education and assistance with Medicare. We can help you understand when and how to enroll, how to choose between the different Medicare options, and how to read your Medicare statements. We offer regular classes at both Senior Centers and the public libraries in Chapel Hill and Hillsborough. Or, you may choose to meet one-on-one with a Certified SHIIP Counselor to discuss your specific needs. We also offer a limited number of Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) counseling appointments for adults age 55 to 64.

Appointments with Certified Counselors are available at the Passmore Center and the Seymour Center. You can schedule your appointment online now, or call us at 919-245-4274.

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

Declaration of Independence Comes to Life! Back by Popular Demand!

Village Revue brings Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence to life through powerful readings accompanied by patriotic songs. This memorable performance is one not to be missed as it speaks to our country’s aspirations and will certainly remind everyone why we celebrate the 4th of July. Special refreshments will be served immediately after the show. Min: 50/Max: 80
Register by: Tue, Jun 25
Seymour Center
Tue, Jul 2; 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Let’s Play Nice: Decreasing Polarization Through Civil Conversations

There's a lot of stress these days among family members and friends who are politically divided.  In this Better Angels skills workshop, you will learn and practice skills to have respectful conversations that search for common ground, clarify differences, and affirm the importance of the relationship.  After instructions, you will pair with someone from the same political persuasion: “Red”/conservative leaning or “Blue”/ liberal leaning.  You will register for either a Red or a Blue Skills workshop. Snacks will be provided. In the fall both groups will come together to practice their skills through civil conversations. 
Register by: Tue, Jul 2
Facilitator: Cathy Cole, Better Angels
Passmore Center
Red Workshop
Thu, Jul 11; 1 - 4:30 pm
Blue Workshop
Fri, Jul 12; 1 - 4:30 pm

Tax Assistance

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

VITA is an Orange County Volunteer Connect 55+ (VC 55+) volunteer program that provides free federal and state income tax preparation to eligible individuals with low-to-middle income, regardless of age or county of residence. Although our tax season has ended, we continue to provide assistance with prior year returns and amendments. Post-season services are available by appointment only and are limited to those who have use Orange County VITA services in the past 3 years.  For more information, please visit our Tax Assistance page or call 919-245-4240.

Volunteer with VITA
Volunteers are needed in a variety of roles from November to April each year.  If you’re looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity, learn about our volunteer options on our Volunteer page.

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
Orange County Department on Aging - Senior Centers
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