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07/19/19 - 08/01/19

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Need a Home Delivered Meal?

Meals on Wheels (MOW) serves the elderly and homebound residents throughout Orange County. For more information on service and eligibility contact the appropriate MOW below:

Chapel Hill Carrboro Meals on Wheels [CHCMOW]
Serving Chapel Hill, Carrboro & Southern Orange County 
Orange Congregations in Mission [OCIM]
Serving Hillsborough and Northern Orange County 
Orange County Rural Alliance [OCRA]
Serving Northern Orange County

Protect Yourself From Extreme Heat 

Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated

Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. If your home doesn’t have air conditioning, contact your local health department or locate an air-conditioned shelter in your area such as a shopping center, library or senior center.

  • Do not rely on a fan as your main cooling source when it’s really hot outside.
  • Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
    • If your doctor limits the amount of fluids you drink or has you on water pills, ask them how much you should drink during hot weather.
  • Don’t use the stove or oven to cook—it will make you and your house hotter.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
  • Do not engage in very strenuous activities and get plenty of rest.
  • Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
  • Follow additional tips on how to prevent heat-related illness.
Stay informed
  • Check the local news for health and safety updates.
  • Seek medical care immediately if you have, or someone you know has, symptoms of heat-related illness like muscle cramps, headaches, nausea or vomiting.


Seymour Center Program Wins National Award

The Seymour Center’s Making Technology Easier for Seniors Expo won first place in the 2018 National Institute of Senior Centers Programs of Excellence in the Technology category! The award was presented to the Seymour Center Programs and Operations Manager, Cydnee Sims, at the National Council on Aging’s Conference  in Washington DC, on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

Making Technology Easier for Seniors Expo was created to bridge the gap between modern day technology and older adults.  This event offered a variety of workshops designed to help seniors move beyond their anxiety and intimidation of devices and applications, which are everyday components of a contemporary and fast-pace growing world.  As a result, over 100 senior adults were empowered and inspired to continue exploring their new found interest in the digital age. 

Congratulations to Cyd and the entire Seymour Center team!

Making Technology Easier for Seniors Expo showing seniors taking a computer class, and being assisted by local high school students.
Teens assist at the Technology Expo.
Cydnee Sims, Seymour Center Program and Operations Manager, pictured receiving 2018 National Institute of Senior Centers Programs of Excellence: Technology Category.
Cyd Sims receives Program of Excellence Award from Maureen O'Leary. (L-R) 
Janice Tyler, Terry Colville, Cydnee Sims, and Myra Austin holding NCOA-NISC 2018 Program of Excellence award.
Janice Tyler, Terry Colville, Cyd Sims, & Myra Austin.

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.

Orange County Caregiver Awareness, Respite, Education and Support (OC CARES) logo: silhouette of a person with arms in a heart shape.

OC CARES (Orange County Caregiver Awareness, Respite, Education & Support)

OC CARES offers both individualized and community level supports to caregivers. Contact the Aging Helpline at 919-968-2087 or for more information. 

Visit our website to view all of our Caregiver Support Services including, monthly Memory Cafés, Caregiver Support Group meeting schedules, Community News for Caregivers e-newsletter, and much more!

What Can We Expect? 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

Classes and Trips

Retirement: Making Your Money Last

Have you retired recently? Are you planning to retire soon? This presentation discusses ideas to help build a reasonable and sustainable strategy for managing income and expenses during retirement. We'll explore how to address key concerns such as inflation, health care expenses and market volatility as well as ways to prepare in advance for things that may not go as expected.
Register by: Wed, Jul 24
Instructor: Mary-Charles Nassif, CFP, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Passmore Center
Wed, Jul 31    12 noon- 1 pm

Tech Knowledge

Not sure if your cell phone is an android or iPhone?  If you want to learn more about your iPads, kindles, tablets, or whatever device you may have, this is a great opportunity. You will get one on one instruction from our tech savvy high school students. Your own personal Tech Assistant will be available to address your specific needs and inquiries with you for 45 – 60 min every other Saturday.  Contact Meghan Davis, Program Assistant at 919-245-2026 to make an appointment

Register by: 2 weeks prior to dates listed
Instructors: Local High School Students

Seymour Center
1st & 3rd Sat, Jul 20; Aug 3, 17;      10 am – 12 noon

What Is Socialism?

You’ve been hearing it all over the news, all over Facebook, and have heard everyone’s opinion. But what is this socialism that everyone is discussing? Come join retired professor Aqueil Ahmad as he teaches you the structure of this economic system without bias.
Register by: Tue, Jul 23, call 919-245-2015 
Instructor: Aqueil Ahmad, Retired Sociology and Business Management Professor 
Passmore Center
Tue, Jul 30     2 - 3 pm

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

Photo of Mike Komives, Employment Specialist, Orange County Department on Aging
Mike Komives
Employment Specialist
Orange Co. Dept. on Aging

Thinking about starting your own business?  

Orange County Department of Economic Development offers information and guidance, including financial assistance – small business grant and loan programs.
Employment Specialist, Mike Komives, will provide information on these programs, as well as discuss key issues when starting your own business.

Passmore Center
Fri., Aug. 2      9 AM

Seymour Center
Wed., Aug. 7     9 AM

Mike is also 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

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.   

To Register: Call 919-245-2015
Fee:  FREE

Orange County Public Library, 137 Margaret Lane, Hillsborough
Wed, Jul 24      6 – 7:30 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. Appointments with Certified Medicare Counselors are available at the Passmore Center and the Seymour Center. Schedule your appointment online, 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

Legal Services at the Seymour Center

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.  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 there will be a presentation on "Consumer Protection Law," laws designed to protect you and your loved ones from: scams, identity theft, managing credit, unfair debt collection and elder abuse.  Following the 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.
Seymour Center        
Thu, Jul 25      10 am 

Seymour Summer Block Party

Turn the music up and get ready to party. This is our big summer event so don’t miss out. We will have a live DJ playing only the best hits so start preparing for the epic dance off to win the grand prize. That’s not all. This is a block party so you know we will be providing dinner. You’re in for a tasty treat. We will be having a fish fry and a BBQ - all in one night. Bring your neighbor, a friend or both. Just be sure to register in advance to secure your spot. Min: 35/ Max: 80

Register by: Thu, Jul 18
Seymour Center
Thu, Jul 25     6 – 8 pm   

Wild, Wild West Comes to Passmore

OK Partner, it’s time to bring out your inner cowboy!  We expect to see cowboy hats, western wear, and your boots.  The center will rustle up the beef and provide the hamburgers and you bring the sides to share.  We will open up the sarsaparilla bar as we enjoy the sounds of country singer Mike Poole, who’s coming back by popular demand. Enjoy the sarsaparilla bar and the sound of his county music. Min: 25/Max: 75
Register by: Thu, Aug 8 
Fee: Side dish to share
Passmore Center
Thu, Aug 15    5:30 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
Orange County Department on Aging - Volunteer Connect 55+
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