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 Memory Cafes   Training for In-Home Caregivers
 In-Home Consultation  Dementia-Friendly Business Initiative
 Care Partner Respite  Dementia Education Collaborative
 Support Groups  Contact Us

Memory Cafés 
Social gatherings for people living with dementia and their care partners occur monthly at each senior center. Join in for fun, entertainment and peer support. Contact 919-245-4253 or email Kim Lamon-Loperfido at

Memory Cafe-Hillsbrough Village Revue
Join us at the 
Memory Café - Chapel Hill on the 2nd Monday of each month from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Join us at the Memory Café - Hillsborough on the 3rd Monday of each month from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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In-Home Consultation
Customized consultation services in the comfort and privacy of your home to address the challenges of everyday living in the context of dementia. Contact Kim Lamon-Loperfido ( or the Aging Helpline at 919-968-2087.

Addressing family concerns related to:
  • Home Safety and Fall Prevention
  • Care Coordination and Management
  • Care Transitions
  • Supporting Meaningful Engagement
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Care Partner Respite 
Through group interactions, activities and exercises, the staff provides numerous opportunities for socialization and stimulation to seniors with cognitive imparement. Free respite for qualified participants is provided Wednesdays from 11 am – 4 pm at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill and Fridays 11 am – 4 pm at the Passmore Center in Hillsborough. Contact the Aging Transitions Helpline at 919-968-2087 or
Learn more about the OC CARES Care Partner Respite Program.

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Support Groups
Groups for caregivers of those with cognitive impairments meet monthly at both county senior centers. For information email OC CARES social worker Kim Lamon-Loperfido at

Learn more about the Dementia Caregiver Support Groups.

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Training for In-home Caregivers

Dementia Education for In-Home Caregivers 

A two-part series about dementia for in-home caregivers.  Topics covered include: 

  • Types, stages, and symptoms of dementia
  • The effects of dementia on daily tasks
  • How to make daily tasks more positive and successful

Tuesday, September 19th and 26th
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Seymour Center
2551 Homestead Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 

The course is designed specifically for paid caregivers providing in-home care to residents of Orange County.  Caregivers completing both half days will receive a certificate of recognition.  Those on the Orange County Department on Aging In-Home Assistance Directory will receive a special designation in the directory.  To register, please call the OC CARES office at 919-245-4253 or fill out the Dementia Education for In-home Caregivers Registration Form online.

For questions, please contact Marie Dagger at 919-245-4253 or  

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Dementia-Friendly Business Initiative
The Dementia Friendly Orange County (DFOC) project, launched in November 2015, trains and certifies businesses in understanding dementia and how to assist customers that may have it. To date, 30 business and organizations have signed up for training.  The project hopes to train 100 businesses by year end. More information is available at

  • Develop an awareness of serving customers with cognitive impairments
  • Identify dementia-friendly practices and environmentsJanice Tyler & Lorenzo Mejia with Dementia Friendly Business Pioneers.
  • Increase inclusivity
  • Become a part of the solution!

Co-sponsored by Acorn Home Care Services of Chapel Hill and the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club.

Pictured from left to right: DFOC founders Janice Tyler, Orange County Department on Aging and Lorenzo Mejia, Acorn Home Care Services of Chapel Hill, with Dementia Friendly Business Pioneers from Walgreens-Environ Way, Fidelity Bank of Chapel Hill, Walgreens-Franklin Street, Walgreens-Hillsborough, Cameron’s Gift Shop, Law Offices of Jeff Marsocci, and the Chapel Hill/Carrboro YMCA.
DFB Graduates Lucinda Munger-OCPL and Colin Austin-Law Offices of Colin Austin.

Pictured left to right: Lorenzo Mejia, Founder,
 Dementia Friendly Orange County (DFOC); Lucinda Munger, Orange Co. Public Library; Colin Austin, Law Offices of Colin K. Austin; and Janice Tyler, Director, Orange Co. Dept. on Aging and Co-founder of DFOC.      

Not pictured: Maitland Law Firm, Carrboro Family Pharmacy, and The Animal Hospital of Carrboro.

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Dementia Education Collaborative

Dementia education series covering brain basics and everyday life with dementia will be offered in alternating months at the Passmore Center and Seymour Center. For details, pick up a copy of the Senior Times at either center, or email OC CARES training specialist Marie Dagger at

Download the Dementia Education Collaborative Fall 2017 Schedule and Topics here.

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Project Director: Mary Fraser, DSW
Project Coordinator: Jenny Womack, MA, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist: Marie Rawlings Dagger, MS, OTR/L
Data Manager: Anshu Gupta, MBA
Social Worker II: Kim Lamon-Loperfido, MSW, MPH
Occupational Therapist: Ryan Lavalley, MOT, OTRL
Care Partner Respite Program Coordinator: Lisa Meinert, BS
Social Worker: Pam Tillett, MSW
Group Respite Coordinator: 919-968-2070 or

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Referrals: 919-968-2087
Staff Office: 919-245-4253

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