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10/10/19 - 10/24/19

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A Grand Affair - Celebrating Wall of Honor Veterans

For 5 years we have celebrated over 100+ veterans who’ve been recognized through the Wall of Honor program. This November, we’ll salute all the recipients who’ve been a part of this unique experience. Come, help us celebrate our veterans at this grand affair featuring guest speaker, Lee Heavin, Master Chief Petty Officer, US Navy, Retired a patriotic musical presentation by the Village Band; unveiling of the new multi-media Wall of Honor - as well as a “meet and greet” heavy appetizers reception with fellow honorees.  Max: 200
Register by: Wed, Oct 23
Seymour Center
Wed, Nov 6                 6 - 8 pm

Holiday Bazaar

Find a unique gift for that “hard to buy for” person on your list, or just shop for yourself during our Annual Holiday Bazaar. Enjoy music and other entertainment as you browse the many vendors to get a jump on your holiday shopping.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor, registration forms are available at the Passmore Center or online at Vendors are accepted on a first come basis. 

The Friends of the Passmore Center will be selling hot dogs, popcorn, drinks, and other items.
Fee: FREE to the general public (Fee applies to vendors)
Passmore Center
Sat, Nov 2                  9 am – 2 pm

MAP Moments

Highlighting a Master Aging Plan - Community Support & Health Services success story:

  • Green Burial Event:  Green burial options are now being offered in the county, and educational programs on this end of life option are being provided.  UMC Church now offers families the option to choose green burial for themselves or their loved ones.  On September 25th the Passmore Center hosted a screening of the documentary, A Will for the Woods.  This documentary provided further education on this end of life choice, as well as opportunities for discussion with representatives from Pine Forest Memorial Gardens and Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Wake Forest, NC
Medicare Open Enrollment: October 15 - December 7

Mary Saved $500 on her Medicare Costs. 
How Much Can You Save?

Did you know that Medicare Part D Drug Plans and Part C Advantage Plans change every year?  Your medication costs can increase significantly if your plan changes their drug list and pricing as of Jan 1.  Most people on Medicare can only make changes to their plans during Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period:  Tue, Oct 15 to Sat, Dec 7. 
Make an appointment for a personal Annual Medicare Review with a certified counselor from the NC Department of Insurance.  Appointments are available at the Passmore Center in Hillsborough, and the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill.  Schedule online at or call 919-245-4274.

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!

African-American mother & daughter smiling and hugging.

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.

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

Ackland Museum of Art Tour101 S Columbia St, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Thu, Oct 17      1 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

Orange County farm

History of Family Farms In Orange County

Join long-time Orange County resident Gordon Neville for a look back in time at family farms you may have known.
The rural O.C. economy went from primary crops of cotton, tobacco, timber, then to dairy and eventually to beef cattle. Labor was supplied by large (7-9 children), low-income, land-owning families plus share-cropping families. 

Presentation includes vintage aerial photographs.

Fee: FREE 
Register by: Thurs, October 10 
Registration code: (343063-01)

Seymour Center Theater
Thursday, October 17, 10 am—11 am 

Human Trafficking: What You Need to Know

There has been a lot of news around about human trafficking happening in the United States. Join us as Deputy George Wilson with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office shares what is happening and how you can protect yourself and loved ones from being victimized.
Register by: Thu, Oct 24
Passmore Center
Thu, Oct 31                 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

Searching for a Full or Part-time Job?

Mike Komives, Employment Specialist for Orange County Department On Aging, can help.  Learn important job search skills, tips and resources for resumes, cover letters, identifying your successes, interviewing, networking, business cards, negotiating salary and compensation, online applications, and addressing age discrimination, 

Make an appointment to meet with Mike. He is 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

Health Department Nutrition Counseling Services

The Health Department offers Nutrition Counseling with a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist who works with your medical provider to help you prevent or manage medical conditions such as: diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure or weight management. During the appointment, the dietitian will review your medical history, medications, labs, diet and lifestyle patterns, and develop a personalized nutrition plan to help you with your health goals. A medical provider’s referral is needed to schedule an appointment.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 919-245-2380.
Fees: Medicare and most private insurances accepted; fees are on a sliding scale with scholarships available. 

Seymour Center
Nov 5                          10 am - 12 noon 

Passmore Center
Nov 7                        10 am - 12 noon

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

Mary Saved $500 on her Medicare Costs. How Much Can You Save?

Did you know that Medicare Part D Drug Plans and Part C Advantage Plans change every year?  Your medication costs can increase significantly if your plan changes their drug list and pricing as of Jan 1.  Most people on Medicare can only make changes to their plans during Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period:  Tue, Oct 15 to Sat, Dec 7. 
Make an appointment for a personal Annual Medicare Review with a certified counselor from the NC Department of Insurance.  Appointments are available at the Passmore Center in Hillsborough, and the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill.  Schedule online at or call 919-245-4274.

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

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, and sign up for our upcoming technology classes, go to our website: 


Special Events

Sitting Pretty - Presented by Odyssey Stage

A show within a show, the play features a group of New York actors who perform the popular and beloved Mr. Belvedere radio play in front of a live audience. Sitting Pretty is the story of a suburban couple, Harry and Tacey King, their 3 rambunctious, young boys and one obnoxious dog. Tacey places an ad for a nanny and her sight unseen. When the mysterious “Lynn” Belvedere shows up all sorts of pandemonium ensues.

Come see this charming comedy, a story that is as touching as it is fun! 

Seymour Center 
Sat, Oct 13    (357024-08)     2 PM

Veterans Celebration Breakfast

If you are a Veteran, we would like to honor and recognize you at a special Veterans Celebration Breakfast.

Guest speaker, Bobby Williams, Captain Tennessee Army National Guard 1979 - 1999, has worked in the AIT industry for 25 years in technical roles, and is currently an Information Security Officer for a global Fortune 500 company.  He’s an Assistant Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 43 in Hillsborough, and is a Senior Member of the Orange Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. 

Cosponsored with Amedisys Hospice Service, Orange County Dept. of Social Services, and the Orange County Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol

Register by: Mon, Oct 28
Fee: FREE for Veterans and Spouses
Passmore Center
Mon, Nov 11               8:30 – 10:30 am

Tax Assistance

New VITA Volunteer Orientation

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:

Seymour Center
Tues, Oct. 15, 3-4:30 pm; Fri, Oct. 18,  10-11:30 am; and Thu, Oct. 24, 6-7:30 pm
Passmore Center
Wed Oct. 23 1-2:30 pm 

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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