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12/06/19 - 12/19/19

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Faith Outreach Quarterly Breakfast:
Seasonal Affective Disorder - How Your Faith Can Help Support You

Orange County Department on Aging, UNC Health Care and the Project EngAGE Faith Outreach Senior Resource Team cordially invites all members of Orange County faith organizations, as well as anyone interested, to its next quarterly breakfast meeting. Please join us and guest speaker Annie Deaver, Aging Administrator, Orange County Department for a presentation on Seasonal Affective Disorder. Learn how it can affect your mental wellness and how to get support from your faith.

The Faith Outreach Team's aim is to connect Orange County’s diverse faith communities, and to bring them essential information, education, and opportunities.

Register by: Fri, Dec 6; Contact Shenae McPherson, VC55+ Administrator, at 919-245-4243, or

Guest Speaker: Annie Deaver, MSW, LCSWA, Aging Administrator, Orange County Department on Aging
UNC Health Care – Hillsborough Campus, 430 Waterstone Dr, Hillsborough
Tue, Dec 10                 9 – 11 am

Holiday Jazz - Music to Your Ears

The sounds of holiday jazz and pizzazz will be music to your ears featuring Gary Brunotte & George Hindenach. This dynamic duo will jazz up the Holiday Season with their renditions of the Holiday Classics. You’ll love Gary’s musical talent on the Hammond Organ and George on the drums.  They will be taking you on a Sleigh Ride through a Winter Wonderland.  Get ready for an exciting holiday musical experience! 

Registration extended to: Mon, Dec 16

Seymour Center
Wed, Dec 18    (313104-11)                              10 am – 11 am

Holiday Winter Concert with Eno Academy Strings and Brass Ensemble

We welcome back these talented musicians from Eno Academy High School as they present a variety of festive holiday music.  This year, in addition to the Strings Ensemble, we will enjoy songs performed by the Brass Ensemble.  There is nothing that gets you into the holiday season more than gathering with others, enjoying light refreshments, and listening to the beautiful sounds of the season.  

Register by:  Fri, Dec 6

Passmore Center
Fri, Dec 13            10:30 – 11:30 am
Prime Time Players present, "Just for Laughs!" Wed., Dec. 11, 2 p.m., Passmore Center, 103, Meadowlands Dr., Hillsborough, 919-245-2015. Thurs, Dec. 12 & Sat. Dec. 14, 2 p.m., Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill, 919-968-2070. Suggested donation: $7

Aging Transitions Services

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: When the person you are  caring for is a Veteran
Mon, Dec. 16  (354117-04)   1:30 – 2:30 pm

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

Carolina Inn Holiday Tour, 211 Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Tue, Dec 17 (350003-013) 2 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

Staying in Charge of Your Life - Hot Topic Series

Selling Your Home in Today’s Market
Have you considered selling your home or purchasing a different one?  Do you understand  where you can get professional assistance?  Do you know how to determine the value of your property, so you can sell it quickly at the highest price?  Do you understand the current process of selling and what information needs to be disclosed to the buyer?  We will also talk about what to look for if you are buying a “maintenance free” home.

Register by: Tue, Dec 10
Courses offered byHunter Rowe Real Estate Agents and Advisors
Seymour Center
Tue, Dec 17     (324088-05)                                                      3 pm

TED Talks

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 conversations. Topics are created and made available for use by TED.  Join us as we dive into TED Talks in a laid back yet informative environment including a 15 - 30 min video/talk and follow up discussions.  

TED Talks at Passmore
Tue, Dec 17: The Lies Our Culture Tells Us About What Matters – and a Better Way to Live -David Brooks

Our society is in the midst of a social crisis, says op-ed columnist and author David Brooks: we're trapped in a valley of isolation and fragmentation. How do we find our way out? Based on his travels across the United States -- and his meetings with a range of exceptional people known as "weavers" -- Brooks lays out his vision for a cultural revolution that empowers us all to lead lives of greater meaning, purpose and joy.

Register by: 1 week prior to each session.
Passmore Center
Tue, Dec 17           2 – 3 pm

TED Talks at Seymour
Mon, Dec 16 – What Reading Slowly Taught Me About Writing
Reading slowly has led Jacqueline Woodson to a life of writing books to be savored. In a lyrical talk, she invites us to slow down and appreciate stories that take us places we never thought we'd go and introduce us to people we never thought we'd meet. 

Please register 
Seymour Center 
Mon, Dec 16        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. 

See a few highlighted programs below. 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

Looking for a full-time or part-time job?  Thinking about volunteering or starting your own business? Orange County Department on Aging has people and services that can help you. Contact Mike Komives, Employment Specialist with the Orange County Department On Aging.

You can make an appointment to meet with him at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill on Mondays and Fridays between 9 AM and 5 PM, or at the Passmore Center in Hillsborough on Wednesdays from 9 AM to 1 PM.

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

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

Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill
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

Holiday BINGO Party

Don’t miss out of the Holiday fun as we play Bingo. Winners will claim their prize and hope that the next winner doesn’t steal their new gift. Bring your favorite snack to share. Beverages will be provided.

Register by: Fri, Dec 13
Fee: Bring a snack to share

Passmore Center
Fri, Dec 20             10:30 – 11:30 am

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

Selfie With an Elfie!

Join our spunky elves for selfies, cider, cookies, candy canes, and holiday tunes. Bring your cell phones to take as many selfies with the elfie as you’d like. In exchange for selfies, we ask that you bring and donate 1 breakfast food item to be delivered to the IFC Women’s Shelter. Donations should have an extended shelf life without refrigeration. Suggested items include: cereal, instant oatmeal or grits, pop tarts, pancake mix, syrup, jelly, honey, canned fruit, cereal bars, granola and etc. 

Registration extended to: Wed, Dec 11
Fee: FREE (bring 1 breakfast food item to donate)

Seymour Center
Thu, Dec 12         9:30 am – 12:30 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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