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10/25/19 - 11/07/19

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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 (343068-01)                                  6 - 8 pm

MAP Moments

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

  • Caregiver Day of Care 11/9/19, helping support older adults and caregivers age in community, this event will support caregivers by offering various wellness services, community resources and workshops. This is positioned to be an annual offering, perhaps expanding from Seymour to Passmore Center. We currently have secured two sponsors along with several local businesses offering free food and items for our raffle. This is promised to be a successful event in support of Orange County caregivers! 

Register today! Download and share the Caregiver Day of Care flyer

National Family Caregivers Month:
Lunch & Learn with Duke Elder Family/Caregiver Training Center

November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize and honor family caregivers. This year’s theme “Caregiving Around the Clock” emphasizes the significant amount of time caregivers spend in that role. “Caregiving can be a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week job,” states the Caregiver Action Network, which spearheads National Family Caregivers Month. “Providing care around the clock can crowd out other important areas of life.”

Duke Elder Family/Caregiver Training Center (DEFT) currently serves caregivers of some Duke patients (over age 55) who are discharging home. You are invited to join the members of their team for a lunch and learn session to find out more.

Passmore Center
Mon., Nov 18     12 - 1 pm

Please RSVP to or call 984-439-9905

Download and share the National Family Caregivers Month Lunch & Learn flyer.

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

Aging Transitions Services

African-American mother & daughter smiling and hugging.

CAREGIVER DAY OF CARE - Register today!

NEW!  Respite request deadline extended to November 2.

Family caregivers join us for a time of self-care, wellness and appreciation at the Caregiver Day of Care, 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!
Seymour Center
Saturday, November 9, 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The event is FREE. Participants are asked to register by Saturday, November 2. For more information and to register, please call 919-968-2070.

Limited respite care is available, based on individual care needs. Please contact Lisa Meinert at (919) 245-4251 by November 2 to discuss suitability. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a well-rounded program of activities including movement, live music and singing, games, art and classic film appreciation, reminiscence and story sharing.

Co-sponsored by: Acorn and Right at Home of Durham & Chapel Hill

Come let us take care of you!

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. 

See a few highlighted programs below. Browse the Senior Times to see all that we offer. 

American Sign Language I

During this class you will be introduced to the language of the Deaf Community, Deaf culture, and communicating in a visual-gestural modality. 

Register by: 1 week prior to each session
Instructor: Vicki Robertson
Fee: $15

Passmore Center
Session II Mon, Nov 11 – Dec 9          (244044-10)                  2 – 4 pm

NEW! American Sign Language Level II
Passmore Center
Session II Mon, Nov 11 – Dec 9          (214027-10)                  10:30 am – 12:30 pm
NEW! American Sign Language Level III
Passmore Center
Session II Mon, Nov 11 – Dec 9          (254049-10)                  12:45 – 1:45 pm

For more information or to register, call 919-245-2015.

Climate Change for Non-Scientists

What is Climate Change and do we need to be concerned about it?  It is now believed by most atmospheric scientists, meteorologists, and climate scientists that man is making a measurable impact on the climate.  Why do we believe this and what can we do as individuals to diminish the negative impacts of climate change?  This class will seek to explain and address some of these issues.
Min: 5/Max: 25

Register by:  1 week prior to class
Instructor: Russell W. Wiener, Ph.D., Research Physical Scientist – Retired


Seymour Center
Wed, Nov 6                             (344082-11)                              3 - 4:30 pm  
Wed, Nov 20                           (344082-12)                              3 - 4:30 pm

Simple Dance Routines Are Good for Our Brain…Give the Flash Mob a Try

Where did the year go? There’s still time to try our OutLoud Flash Mob. Participants can learn a routine then have the option to present a surprise pop-up performance called a Flash Mob somewhere in the community – unannounced except to our host. Have fun learning the simple line-dance style routines from a patient instructor and bring smiles to many faces.

All abilities welcome. No dance experience or left vs. right foot knowledge necessary. Actual performances are optional. Take advantage of our final 2019 classes below:

Seymour Center
Sat., Nov 9 & 16          1-3 pm 

Going forward, new members may continue with 2020 spring classes and then join the group, as they wish, to provide free local performances. Free training videos are available to class participants. Class min. 5.
Fee: $20 for 4 hours (or $5 per hour drop in).
To register: Call 919-968-2070.
For additional information: Call 919-280-2161.

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

Networking and LinkedIn

More than 50% of all job openings are NOT posted.  How do you find out about these?  Networking and LinkedIn are two major ways. If you want to learn more about these two job search resources attend one of my workshops for information on effective networking and how to use LinkedIn.

Seymour Center
Fri, Nov 1, 9 - 10 am

Passmore Center
Wed, Nov 6, 9 - 10 am

Fee: FREE.
You can also make an appointment to meet with Mike individually. Call 919-616-8778, or email:

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

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.

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 on 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
Thu, Nov 7, 12 noon – 1:30 pm
To register, call 919-245-2015 

Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill
Mon, Nov 11,  4:30 – 6 pm 
To register, call 919-968-2070

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

OdysseyStage presents: Past Imperfect: Voices from NC's History. Image of Ella May Wiggins, looks to be circa 1920's-30's. Image inserted in front of a institutional building.

Past Imperfect: Voices from NC's History

Produced by OdysseyStage and written by members of Triangle Playwrights, these monologues are based on NC figures whose influence can still be felt today—for better or worse. 

You'll meet figures as varied as Elizabeth Keckley a former slave who became a confident to Mary Todd Lincoln, all the way to Susie Sharp, North Carolina's first female Supreme Court Justice and many others in between.  

Seymour Center
Thu, Nov 9,          3 pm

“History never really says goodbye. History says, 'See you later.'”-- Eduardo Galeano

Step into a “Peaceful Oasis”

Leave your stress behind and step into a conversation-free zone, where you can relax while coloring or doodling to the peaceful sounds of a waterfall and quiet native flute.

Upon leaving “the oasis,” you will receive a simple toolkit that makes it easy to re-create this stress-relieving experience at home.     

Register by:  Thu, Oct 31 

Seymour Center
Thu, Nov 7, 2—3 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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