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08/16/19 - 08/29/19

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Are you a LGBTQ Caregiver?

We need your help!  Would you like to be a part of impacting services for LGTBQ older adults in Orange County?  SAGE* will be conducting focus groups for LGBTQ personal caregivers beginning September in different locations throughout the Triangle. If there is enough response, one of those focus groups will be held in Orange County.

If you are interested in receiving more information, please email: and put “Caregiver Focus Group - Orange County” in the subject line or call the Orange County Department on Aging Helpline, 919-968-2087, and ask for Annie Deaver. 

*SAGE is a program of the LGBT Center of Raleigh that provides advocacy, education, and programs to increase social interaction for LGBTQ persons 50 and older.

Uber / Lyft Pilot Program and Mobility on Demand Survey

The Orange County Public Transportation department will be launching an Uber/Lyft  pilot called “mobility on demand” later this fall (dates to be determined). They are currently seeking public input on how they would like this service to operate. This program has great potential to fill in the transportation gap for so many of our older adults. Your input is needed, please take the brief here: Mobility on Demand survey.

Save the Date: Caregiver Day of Care!

Seymour Center | Saturday, Nov 9 | 10 am – 2 pm
Caregivers, please join us for a time of self-care, wellness and appreciation! Various wellness activities, educational classes and workshops will be offered. Come let us take care of you! 

Seeking Volunteers!

Seeking older adults to be interviewed by UNC graduate students preparing for speech-language pathology or audiology careers. The interviews will help the students better understand and appreciate the life course of adults 65+, and how significant events (historical, personal, etc.) may have impacted their lives.

If interested, please email Meghan Davis or call 919-245-2026 as soon as possible. Interviews will take place at the Seymour Center on Tuesday, October 8, from 10:30 am – 12 pm.

Veterans Services Officer at Senior Centers!

Ivan Sarabia, Orange County’s Veterans Services Officer, sees clients at both senior centers, by appointment only, in addition to his office at 113-B Mayo Street, Hillsborough.  He will explore and explain health, financial aid, and other benefits veterans and/or family members may be eligible to receive. 

Appointments are available Tuesday mornings 9 am – 12 noon at the Seymour Center and Thursday Mornings from 9 am—12 noon at the Passmore Center.   To make an appointment, call Ivan at 919-245-2890 or email

 W(heel) to Hill – Cycling Event!

A casual bike ride from the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill to the Passmore Center in Hillsborough. The ride starts and ends at the Seymour Center, and features two out and back routes that can be combined for a total of 25, 37 or 50 miles.

Pick up a registration form at one of our senior centers, Carrboro Recreation & Parks, Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation, or Orange County Dept. of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation.

Seymour Center
Sunday, October 27, 1 pm
Check-in: 12 - 1 pm

Cost: $15 preregistration / $20 day of event

This is not a race, the event is to raise awareness and funds for the Orange County Senior Games, promoting healthy activity for older adults.

For more information, email Myra Austin or call 919-245-2020, or Kevin Kirk.

Aging Transitions Services

Dental Care and Overall Health Impact

Do you need resources for dental care? Join the Aging Transitions team and Piedmont Health to learn about dental resources and the importance of dental care for good health. A light lunch will be provided.

Register: No later than the Monday prior to each session

Seymour Center                                    
Wed, Aug 28, 12:30 - 1:30 pm
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!

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

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.

Explore Your Endless Possibilities Workshops

Living with Uncertainty 

Based on the article Living with Uncertainty developed by one of this class's facilitators, Dr Lisa Baron, (Published in The New Social Worker magazine, Summer 2015), this class will explore and practice skills to navigate the tides of change. We’ll explore reframing our perspectives, developing hopefulness and our sense of humor, and practicing living in the moment, particularly during life’s transitions. Instructors invite participant interaction! Min: 12 /Max: 24 

Instructors: Lisa Baron, PhD, MSW and Cathy Meerbergen, MA

FEE: $20 (if you are registering for both workshops the fee is $35 for both)            
Register by: Sat, Aug 24

Seymour Center
Sat, Sep 7 9:30 – 11:30 am

How Can We Live Purposefully and Intentionally in this Chapter of Our Lives?
Learn skills that facilitators have seen give people richer, more meaningful lives.  Ask yourself these questions - Am I living a life in line with my values?  What brings me joy?  What steps am I taking to move towards my hopes and goals?  Do I have a bucket list?  Intrigued? Join us join us for a lively morning of discussion!  Min: 12 /Max: 24

Instructors: Lisa Baron, PhD, MSW and Cathy Meerbergen, MA

FEE: $20              
Register by: Sat, Sep 14

Seymour Center
Sat, Sep 28 9:30 – 11:30 am
Photo of Orange County Department on Aging's OutLoud Flash Mob dance group.
OutLoud Flash Mob 
Dance Group

NEW! Flash Mob Dance Group Expands to the Passmore Center

NEW class site for people of all ages who want to try the OutLoud Flash Mob!  Fall classes will be available at BOTH the Passmore Center and the Seymour Center for you to learn some simple routines seated, standing, or dancing. Then see the smiles you bring to many faces, including your own, if you decide to join in a surprise community performance. We welcome new members of all abilities. You can start anytime!

Fee: $5 per hour drop in. Optional outfits additional fee.
To Register: Call 919-968-2070 by Monday of the week of your class
Other information: 919-280-2161.

Passmore Center 
Thursdays, Sept. 5-26, 11 am - 12 pm

Seymour Center
Thursdays, Sept. 5-26, 1 pm - 2 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

Are you Looking for Job?  

You should know that in today’s marketplace, hiring managers and business leaders seek candidates who submit resumes that are current.  If you want guidance on your resume, you’re invited to attend a one-hour workshop, at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill or Passmore Center in Hillsborough.

Seymour Center 
Wed., Sep. 4, 9 am - 10 am     

Passmore Center 
Fri., Sep. 6, 9 am - 10 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

Brain Health Academy: Achieving a Healthy Lifestyle

A 6-part educational/interactive series dedicated to Achieving a Healthy Lifestyle through healthy brain and body activities.

Registration Deadline: Wed, Sep 11, limited space available, call 919-968-2070.

Seymour Center 
Wed, Sep 18 – Oct 30 (Oct 9 – Holiday);  6:30 – 8:30 pm  

  • Wed, Sep 18: Kick–off Event – Leigh Brain & Spine
  • Wed, Sep 25:  Module I - Nutrition for a Healthy Brain & Body                       
  • Wed, Oct 2:   Module II - Exercise Your Best Brain            
  • Wed, Oct 16: Module III - Managing Life’s Transitions through Mindfulness
  • Wed, Oct 23: Module IV - Social Engagement/Maximizing Cognition with Novel Learning                      
  • Wed, Oct 30: Module V- Part A - Healthy Hearing & Cognition and Medication Management; Module V Part B - Brain Connection and Medication Management

Attend all sessions for a chance to win dinner and movie tickets for two. Refreshment provided. Download the BRAIN HEALTH flier for more information and to read session details.

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

Orange County Public Library, 137 Margaret Lane, Hillsborough
Tues, Sept 3, 12 - 1:30 pm

Call 919-245-2015 to Register

Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill
Mon, Sept 9, 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Call 919-968-2070 to Register

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

Caregiver Summit: Navigating the Transitions in Life

We are proud sponsors of the Caregiver Summit. Unique sessions tailored for caregivers will be held throughout the day, including one offered by our own Aging Transitions team. Register now to join us for a day full of practical resources for your journey as a caregiver. 

Register and learn more at: or call 919-719-6765
Fee: $15/caregiver or $50/professional caregiver (includes CNEs). Includes lunch & sessions

Friday Conference Ctr, 100 Friday Center Dr, Chapel Hill
Tue, Aug 20 8 am – 3:30 pm

NEW! Latin Dance Lessons

Looking for a new hobby?  Want to meet new friends? Try Latin Dancing! Spend the evening enjoying some great music and learning dance steps that you can use everywhere.  Classes are open to individuals and couples.  No partner?  No problem!  We will switch partners throughout the class, so everyone gets a chance to dance. Professional instructors will teach a variety of dances. No prior dance experience is needed.  Leather/smooth-soled shoes are recommended – no flip flops.

Danzas Latinas
Le gustaria hacer nuevas amistades y evitar el gimnasio? Prueba el Baile Latino.
En estas clases se utiliza una variedad de bailes como Salsa, Bachata, Cumbia etc. Pase la noche disfrutando de musica y aprendiendo pasos de baile que puede usar en sus proximos eventos sociales. Las clases son indivuales o en pareja. Durante las clase se intercambian las parejas para que todos tengan la oportunidad de bailar. Los instructores son profesionales y ensenaran una variedad de bailes. No se necesita experiencia previa en baile.  Se recomiendan zapatos de suela de cuero lisa.

Instructor: Andre Avila, ComMotion Community in Motion

Fee: $20

Passmore Center
Wed, Sep 11 – Oct 2 6 – 6:45 pm
Wed, Oct 9 - 30 6 – 6:45 pm

Senior Climbing Exploration

Are you interested in climbing but unsure of how to get started? Join us as we explore the sport of Rock Climbing! Climbing Wall staff and volunteers will assist participants with instruction for beginners. Waivers required.

Ages: 50+
Drop in, no registration required
Fee: $5 resident / $8 non-resident 

Chapel Hill Community Center, 120 S Estes Dr, Chapel Hill 919-968-2784
Sat, Sept. 7, 5:30 – 8 pm

Tax Assistance


The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is sponsored by the IRS and provides free tax assistance for eligible low and moderate income taxpayers of any age.  We have over 70 volunteers and complete over 1,500 tax returns from February-April each year. 

Tax help is provided at both the Seymour Center and the Passmore Center.  Volunteers assist in a variety of roles including office assistance, receptionist, computer support as well as tax preparers. Orientation Sessions for new volunteers will start in October. 

Contact Jeanne Chamberlin at 919-245-4240 or for more information or to register as a new VITA volunteer.

Volunteer Connect 55+

Faith Outreach Quarterly Breakfast:
Aging in Community - Safely, Supported, and Engaged

The Department on Aging, UNC Health Care, and the Project EngAGE Faith Outreach Senior Resource Team, cordially invite all members of Orange County faith organizations, as well as anyone interested, to its next quarterly breakfast meeting. Join us for a presentation on the holistic range of services to help older adults age well in their community.
The Faith Outreach initiative aims to connect Orange County’s diverse faith communities, and to bring them essential information, education, and opportunities.
RSVP by Fri, Sep 6
Email VC 55+ Administrator, Shenae McPherson, or call 919-245-4243.
UNC Health Care – Hillsborough Campus, 430 Waterstone Dr, Hillsborough
Tue, Sep 10                 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


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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