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11/08/19 - 11/21/19

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Community Thanksgiving Feast

Join us for fellowship and food as we show all that we are thankful for. This event is free to the public.

Cedar Grove Community Center, 5800 NC Hwy 86 N, Hillsborough 
Thu, Nov 15,      5 – 7 pm

Sponsored by: Orange County Sheriff’s Office
Hosted by: Cedar Grove Community Center 

Orange County "Lighten-up!" event. Free bike lights and safety tips just in time for the end of Daylight Savings time. Weaver Street Market and the Orange County Public Library, Nov. 7, 4-6 pm.

MAP Moments

Highlighting a Housing Workgroup success story:

Discussions during the development of the Orange County Master Aging Plan led to the cultivation of the Orange County Home Preservation Coalition. This coalition consists of organizations and funders such as Rebuilding Together of the Triangle, Orange Habitat for Humanity, Orange County Department on Aging, Orange County Housing and Community Development, Central Piedmont Community Action, and other stakeholders who offer home repair and preservation services.

The Home Preservation Coalition meets monthly to discuss cooperation, funding opportunities, work flow, and communication to tackle barriers to home repairs for older adults and other county residents. Funding from the Southern Energy Efficiency Alliance is also supporting collaboration with the Triangle J Council of Governments and the NC Justice Center on a project to improve efficiency in accessing weatherization services.

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.

Odyssey Stage presents Past Imperfect, Voices from NC History. Image of Ella May Wiggins standing in front of an older brick institution (circa ~1930)

Presented by Odyssey Stage – Past Imperfect, Voices from NC History

Written by members of Triangle Playwrights, these monologues are based on NC figures whose influence can still be felt—for better or worse—today. We hear, in the voices of the past, people fighting for freedom and social justice as well as those willing to manipulate others to stop progress or simply to promote themselves. Even though the people represented here are all long gone, the things they believed, fought for, and in one case, died for, still resonate.
Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill, NC
Sat., Nov. 9,  3 pm

SAGE Table 2019

SAGE Table is an opportunity for LGBTQ+ people of all generations to come together for good conversation and good food, to build intergenerational connections that can sustain us all as we age. While SAGE Table Raleigh is hosted by SAGE, it is open to LGBTQ+ people of all ages, our friends, families and allies.
The most important aspect of this event is that we will bring together generations of LGBTQ+ people in conversation. We will also enjoy a buffet of the delicious fare of Cantina 18. Vegetarian options will be available. Our SAGE Table is made available by a grant from Wells Fargo so there will be no cost to those attending except for adult beverages.
This gathering is part of a national initiative sponsored by SAGE USA, and ours will join hundreds of events that are taking place around the country in November. SAGE Table is a friend-raiser that allows us to listen and learn from each other in a relaxed, fun way. 

Cantina 18, 433 Daniels St, Raleigh, NC 27605
Upstairs, the facility is accessible via an elevator or stairs.

Sat, Nov 9, 4-6 PM

Stories Across the Ages: Positive Aging

Stories Across the Ages is an event series organized by UNC's Partnerships in Aging Program (PiAP) that hopes to expand the narrative around aging through the power of storytelling and community conversation.  Each event features a select group of intergenerational storytellers who will share personal experiences about aging based on a theme. The theme of this month's event centers around the idea of 'Positive Aging' and challenges storytellers and audience members alike to reflect upon the ways that growing older has impacted their lives in a positive way.

Stories Across the Ages is just one small aspect of the exciting work that PiAP is doing in the community to shift and shape the narrative around aging. Join us as we explore this conversation! To learn more about PiAP please visit:

Flyleaf Books
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Veterans ROCK!

We welcome all Veterans and their families for military appreciation night. Join the adventure with climbing on our indoor rock wall or kayaking in the pool, or unwind and relax with crafts. Parental waivers required. Ages: All Ages. Drop in, no registration required

Chapel Hill Community Center, 120 S Estes Dr., Chapel Hill, Phone:919-968-2784
Sat, Nov 9                  5-8 pm

Aging Transitions Services

Memory Cafe 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 Chapel Tour
Tue, Nov 19, 1 pm; (350003-12)

Caregiver Education Series — Caring Basics

A monthly education series designed to provide information for individuals providing care and support for a friend or family member. The program hopes to strengthen your skills and resilience, and bolster the ability to nurture and support those for whom you
care. You may register for one or multiple sessions.

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

Topic: What is Palliative Care?
Thu, Nov 21 (354117-03) 1:30 – 2:30 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. 

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

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.

Simplify Your Spending and Savings Strategies

This workshop is designed to help you sharpen your spending and savings strategies.  You will learn the basics of budgeting and the importance of managing credit and debt.
Register by: Wed, Nov 6
Instructor: Mary-Charles Nassif, CFP, Financial Advisor
Passmore Center
Wed, Nov 13               12 noon – 1:30 pm

TED Talks at Seymour

What are TED Talks? TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. TED is owned by a non-profit, non-partisan foundation. Its agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation. Topics are created and made available for use by TED.  Join us as we dive into TED Talks at Seymour including a 15 minute video/talk and follow up discussions. 

“What Almost Dying Taught Me about Living”
"The hardest part of my cancer experience began once the cancer was gone," says author Suleika Jaouad. In this fierce, funny, wisdom-packed talk, she challenges us to think beyond the divide between "sick" and "well," asking: How do you begin again and find meaning after life is interrupted?

Please register for each session.

Seymour Center  
Nov 18, 2-3 pm,  (353020-01)  

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 During the Holidays

Networking during the holidays can be productive for Job Seekers of any age. Contact Mike Komives, Employment Specialist, Orange County Department On Aging, for tips and information on making this time of year pay off for you.

You can meet with Mike at the Hillsborough Public Library on Tuesday Nov. 12 and Tuesday Nov. 19 between 10 AM and 12 N. To make an appointment with him at the Seymour or Passmore Centers, 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 Ln., Hillsborough
Thu, Nov 7,  12 - 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 
Mon, Dec  9,  6 - 7:30 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

It’s A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play - Presented by Orange Community Players

This beloved holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. The story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. It takes the help of a lovable angel to show George what life would be like if he hadn’t been born.  Join us for this joyous story of redemption that resonates with all ages. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Passmore Center.  *Doors open 30 min prior to each show.
Tickets: Adults: $15 in advance/$18 at the door
Seniors and Students: $12 in advance/$15 at the door
Children: $8 in advance and at the door
Passmore Center
Thu, Dec 5                 7:30 pm
Fri, Dec 6                   7:30 pm
Sat, Dec 7                  2 pm
Sun, Dec 8                 2 pm

Seymour Donation Exchange

Do you have items around your house you never use? Gifts you’ve never opened? Do you want to donate items to others? This new program allows people to donate and exchange items with others once a quarter. Donations should be dropped off on Wed, Nov 20 for staff to prepare the “shop” for participants to look through the following day. Items not taken will be donated to local thrift shops.

Register by: Thu, Nov 14
Seymour Center
Thu, Nov 21                10 am – 12 noon     

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
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Orange County Department on Aging - Volunteer Connect 55+
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