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07/05/19 - 07/18/19

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EXPLORING YOUR OPTIONS: Working, Starting Your Own Business or Volunteering after Retirement 

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 to help improve your job search or career exploration, offer resources for starting your own business, and guidance on volunteering.
Workshops include:

  • Entrepreneuring at 55+
  • Financial Planning / Health Insurance
  • Discover Your Creativity
  • Starting a New Business
  • Owning / Operating a Franchise
  • Volunteering
  • What Do Employers Seek in Candidates (Employer Panel)
Fee: FREE, refreshments provided.
Register by: Friday, July 12. For info or to register, call Mike Komives at 
919-616-8778 or email

Durham Tech - Orange County Campus, 525 College Park Rd., Hillsborough
July 17, 8:30 am. – 1:00 pm

 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, 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

Preparedness. Preparedness. Preparedness.

Those simple, yet very important words, can have a tremendous impact. Hurricane Season is here, prepare early. Don’t wait for the next named storm to pop up on the radar, prepare now! “Get a Kit, Make a Plan, and Be Informed.”

Get A Kit!
A 72-hour supply kit of essentials can make a huge difference. Collaborate with your office mates and consider putting together a kit for your office as well!
Make a Plan!
Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect.

Be Informed!
Know what disasters and hazards chould affect your area, how to get emergency alerts, and where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate. 

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.

VOTER ID FORUMS: Seymour Ctr., 7/15/19, 5:30-7:30p; Passmore Ctr., 8/8/19, 1:30-3:30p. Questions about the 2020 voter ID law? We can Help!

Aging Transitions Services

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.

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, July 11; 1 – 2:30 pm

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

Dementia Basics

The Dementia Education Collaborative provides 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.

Instructors: Aging Transitions Team and Experienced Community Members
Register by: Fri, Aug 2, call 919-245-4279 or email

Orange County Public Library - Hillsborough
Mon, Aug 5 - 26 (343022-04) 1-3 pm
  • Aug. 5   - Brain Health Basics
  • Aug. 12 - Types and Stages of Dementia
  • Aug. 19 - Communication
  • Aug. 26 - Planning for the Journey Ahead

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), and 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, Jul 8; 2 - 3:15 pm

Hillsborough Cup-A-Joe
1st Tue, Aug 6; 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. This month we are excited to tour and learn more about the FRANK Gallery. FRANK is both a fine art gallery representing as well as a non-profit dedicated to serving the community through the arts.

RSVP by July 8, 5 pm. For more information or to RSVP, contact Kim Lamon-Loperfido or Lisa Meinert at 919-245-4253, or email or

FRANK Gallery, University Place, 201 S. Estes Dr. B6, Chapel Hill
Tue, July 9, 2 pm

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

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.

Instructors: Marie Dagger, Occupational Therapist, and Lisa Berley, Transportation Specialist
Seymour Center
Tue, Jul 9          3 - 4 pm

Passmore Center 
Wed, Jul 17    10 - 11 am

Classes and Trips

TED Talks at Passmore and Seymour

Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) is owned by a non-profit, non-partisan foundation. Its agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversations. Topics are created and made available for use by TED.  Join us as we dive into TED Talks including a 15 - 30 min video/talk and follow up discussions.
The Most Important Thing You Can Do to Fight Climate Change: Talk About It  - Katharin Hayhoe
Climate Scientist Katharine Hayhoe studies what climate change means to us in the places where we live. In this inspiring, pragmatic talk, Hayhoe shows how the key to having a real discussion is to connect over shared values like family, community and religion -- and to prompt people to realize that they already care about a changing climate. 

Tue, Jul 16, 2 - 3 pm
Register by: 1 week prior to each session. 

What If We Paid Doctors to Keep People Healthy? – Matthias Mallenbeck, Merck Pharmaceutical Co., Germany
What if we incentivised doctors to keep us healthy instead of paying them only when we're already sick? Matthias Müllenbeck explains how this radical shift from a sick care system to a true health care system could save us from unnecessary costs and risky procedures -- and keep us healthier for longer.

Mon, Jul 15, 2 – 3 pm
Register: In advance
Fee: FREE 

Happy, older Asian couple enjoying a walk in the park.

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

Exploring Your Options: Working, Starting Your Own Business or Volunteering After Retirement. July 17, 2019, 8:30a-1:00p, Durham Tech-Orange County Center. RSVP by July 12, call 919-616-8778.

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? Meet with Mike Komives, Employment Specialist for Orange County Department On Aging.

Mike's available Mondays and Fridays, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Seymour Center, and on Wednesdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Passmore Center. 

Schedule an appointment with Mike today, call 919-616-8778,
or email

Health and Wellness

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

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.   

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?  The Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) and the Orange County Department on Aging offer monthly sessions to 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, as well as Medicare’s costs, benefits and options.   

Fee:  FREE
Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill
Call 919-968-2070 to Register
Mon, Jul 8                                           12 noon – 1:30 pm

Medicare Assistance

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

Bunco Mania – Tournament

Bunco - it’s easy and it’s fun.  Come and join others for an entertaining afternoon and see who wins the tournament.  Enjoy meeting new people and making new friends as you change partners throughout the tournament.  Light refreshments will be served. Min: 10/Max: 36
Register by: Thu, Jul 11
Passmore Center
Thu, Jul 25      3 – 5 pm

Sound of Music with Joni and Nina 

If you love the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musical The Sound of Music, you will thoroughly enjoy the sister duo, Joni and Nina Meinert, as they serenade you with classic tunes you are sure to know! Let’s journey down memory lane with these talented sisters as they harmonize the von Trapp’s family songs.  Min: 30/ Max: 50
Register by: Thu, Jul 11
Seymour Center
Thu, Jul 18      2 – 3 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+

Orange County Voter Forums – Voter ID Laws

Are you confused about the voter ID law? You’re not alone! The Project EngAGE Policy and Advocacy Senior Resource Team is proud to host two public forums 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 and You Can Vote representatives will talk about the law and getting involved. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and meet with representatives after the presentations.

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

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

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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