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09/13/19 - 09/26/19

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"A Will for the Woods" award winning documentary film, image of woods.

A Will for the Woods Documentary and Q&A

We all want our deaths to have an impact, to present a legacy for those we leave behind. What if your death could be a gift to the planet? Join us as we present the story of Clark Wang and his path through planning a spiritually significant funeral, while attempting to save a North Carolina woods from being cut down. A Will for the Woods documents Wang’s journey and process to achieve green burial at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens in Wake Forest, NC. 

Learn more about this alternative burial option during a Q&A session immediately following the screening with Pine Forest Memorial Gardens' staff, Jenny Bingham and Pine Forest.

Fee: FREE, Light Dinner Provided

Passmore Center
Wed,Sep 25           6:30-8:30 pm 

Birding By Ear

If looking at the birds around you has become more difficult, come and enjoy another way to appreciate them! You are invited to the second annual Birding By Ear walk hosted by generous and knowledgeable “birders.”

  • Get a little exercise,
  • Engage your mind to learn something new
  • Appreciate the sounds of the birds and their unique calls.
  • Engage with others 

Take advantage of this opportunity to be outside and enjoy the beauty of nature and birds in a whole new way!

Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill
Thu, Sep 26          8:45 - 9:30 am

Caregiver Day of Care - Registration Now Open!

Inviting Orange County family caregivers to join us for a time of self-care, wellness and appreciation at the Caregiver Day of Care. The event celebrates National Family Caregivers Month by recognizing and honoring the efforts and commitment of family caregivers in Orange County.
Caregivers will enjoy:

  • All-day relaxation room with massage and aroma therapy
  • Wellness activities
  • Educational classes
  • Art workshops
  • Live Music
  • Raffles
  • Refreshments, lunch and more!

Register by: Sat, Nov 2, call 919-968-2070 

Seymour Center
Sat, Nov 9          9:30 am - 2 pm

Note: Limited respite care is available. Requests must be made by Friday, October 18, and are on a first come, first serve basis. To request respite care, please email Lisa Meinert at or call 919-245-2000.

Yard Sale, 9/28/19, 8 am - 1 pm, Passmore Center-SportsPlex parking lot, 103 Meadowlands Dr., Hillsborough, NC. Free to public, $15 for vendors. Vendors call 919-418-0032 or online at
Orange County Senior Games logo (orange flame with blue silhouette of a person running).

Orange County Senior Games

New, exciting events promoting year-round healthy lifestyles for adults 50+

Archery Fun Day

Join us for a fun day learning about archery. As a kick off to possibly developing an Archery Program at the Orange County Department on Aging, we’ve teamed up with Wolf Ridge Archery Club to welcome those who think they may be interested in archery.
If interested, please visit Wolf Ridge Archery (WRA) online at, to learn more about their program and to complete the paperwork. Join WRA’s archery club for $30 per season. There is no charge for the Archery Fun Day event.
Register by: Fri, Sep 27, call 919-245-2020
Camp Chestnut Ridge 4300 Camp Chestnut Ridge Road, Efland, NC 27243
Sat, Oct 5         1– 3 pm

The W(Heel) To Hill – Cycling Event!

Orange County Senior Games (OCSG) will host a 12. 5 mi. /25 mi./50 mi. bicycle ride between the two Orange County Department on Aging Senior Centers: The Seymour Center in Chapel Hill and the Passmore Center in Hillsborough (and back), to raise awareness and funds for the year round Senior Games program. 
This is not a race. The event will begin and end at the Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill at 1 pm.  Check in will be 12 noon – 1 pm.
Registration Forms are available at the Passmore Center, Seymour Center, Carrboro & Chapel Hill Recreation & Parks Departments, Orange County Parks & Recreation and many other locations throughout Orange County.  
Seymour Center
Sun, Oct 27       1 pm

Aging Transitions Services

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!

Caregiver Education Series: Caring Basics

Caregiving 101 – I’m helping care and support, now what? 
A new monthly education series designed to provide information for individuals providing care and support for a friend or family member. Strengthen your skills and resilience, and bolster the ability to nurture and support those for whom you care. 

Instructors: Aging Transitions Team and Experienced Community Professionals
Register by: 1 week prior to event 

Seymour Center                    
Mon, Sep 23, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Dementia Basics: What Can We Expect? 
This program is designed to provide basic information about dementia for individuals with memory concerns, caregivers, family members, friends, and interested community members. Dementia Basics' is a four-part series focusing on 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, Sep 27. To register, call the Seymour Center at 919-968-2070
Seymour Center
Thursdays, Oct 3 – 24              3:30 - 5:30 pm

Download and share the Dementia Basics flier.

Memory Café 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

Duke Homestead Tour2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705
Thu, Sep 19; 2 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

Id Theft, Computer Security & Backup:  Protect Yourself

We spend much of our day on the Internet. You will learn many ways to protect yourself. But things can go wrong. You need good computer security software and a backup method in place for your computer files, email and settings. We will discuss how to use Windows Defender and give you some great computer backup alternatives.
Instructor:  Mike Gilliom
Register by: Thu, Sep 12
Fee:  FREE

Seymour Center         
Thu, Sep 19                 9 - 11 am 

Passmore Center
Mon, Sep 30                10 - 11 am

Panel Discussion on Climate Change

Leaders from local environmental organizations will give short presentations on how we can expect climate change to affect us here in Orange County, as well as suggestions on things we can do to take action at both the personal and community levels. Discussion followed by Q and A session and light refreshments.

Register by: Tue, Sep 24
Speakers: from the Sierra Club, Orange-Chatham Chapter

Seymour Center
Tue, Oct 1;     6 – 8 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

Hello Hillsborough Library Visitors and Users!

On the 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays monthly, 10 AM to 12 N, Mike Komives will be at the Orange County Public Library in Hillsborough to answer your questions about job searching, starting your own business, or volunteering.  

Orange County Public Library
137 W Margaret Ln, Hillsborough

2nd & 3rd Tuesdays, 10 am - 12 noon

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

Staying Safe on the Move

No matter what mode of transportation you use, be it driving, public transportation, walking or riding a bike, you should be safe while doing it.

In recognition of National Falls Prevention Week, September 23 –29, the Department on Aging is offering an afternoon of FREE screenings and consultations to help you prevent and reduce falls and accidents.

  • Balance Screenings (by appointment)
  • CarFit – Check how well your personal vehicle "fits" you (bring your personal vehicle)
  • Footwear Examinations
  • Walker & Cane Fitting Adjustments
  • Consultations (by appointment)

Registration is required. To register, call 919-968-2070 or 919-245-2015. For more information, contact Latonya Brown at or 919-245-4270.
If you need transportation from the Passmore Center in Hillsborough, please inform the front desk when you register.

Fee: FREE                                     
Register By: Fri, Sep 20
Seymour Center
Wed, Sep 25     1 – 5 pm 

Screenings provided by UNC University Physical Therapy, UNC Occupational Therapy, UNC Health Care Trauma Program, EMS, the Orange County Department on Aging and other community partners.

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

Medicare Myth Busters! What's True and What's Marketing?

Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period is Tuesday, October 15 to Saturday, December 7 for coverage in 2020.  If you’re confused by all the commercials and advertisements, this is the class for you! Come and learn about:
  • The difference between Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage Plans
  • Whether there are really $0 premium plans
  • Why you should review options every year, even if you are happy with your plan
  • And lots more!  
Fee:  FREE
Passmore Center 
Wed, Oct 16;    1 - 2 pm
Seymour Center 
Thu, Oct 3;       1 - 2 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

Blacks in World War 1, the Red Summer of 1919 & The Paris Pan African Congress forum: Sat., Sept. 14, 2019, 10am - 12pm, Passmore Center, 103 Meadowlands Dr., Hillsborough, NC

The Retros: Songs you Remember

Remember the old songs! Join us as the Retros perform the musical hits you never forgot.
“Songs to Remember” will take you on a trip, in 4-part harmony, from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and beyond! Come relive, or discover for the first time, the wonderful music from this classic period in time.


Seymour Center
Thu, Sep 19         7:00 pm

Passmore Center
Fri, Sep 20          1:30 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+

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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