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Memory Cafes  Training for Direct Care Workers
In-Home Coaching Dementia-Friendly Business Initiative
Caregiver Respite Dementia Education Collaborative
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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 Kim Lamon-Loperfido or Lisa Meinert or by phone at 919-245-4253.

Memory Cafe-Hillsbrough Village Revue
Join us at the 
Memory Café - Chapel Hill on the 2nd Monday of each month from 2:00 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. - 3:30 p.m.

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In-Home Coaching
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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Caregiver Respite Program
Through group interactions, activities and exercises, the staff provides numerous opportunities for socialization and stimulation to seniors with cognitive impairment. Free respite for qualified participants is provided Wednesdays from 10 am – 3 pm at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill and Fridays 11 am – 4 pm at the Passmore Center in Hillsborough. 

For more information, please contact Lisa Meinert, Caregiver Respite Program Coordinator, at (919) 245-4253 or
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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 Direct Care Workers

This FREE two-part course is designed specially for paid caregivers providing care to residents of Orange County.  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

Training Dates and Locations:

     Thursday, July 12 & 19     
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Seymour Center
2551 Homestead Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

    Thursday, August 23 & 30   
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Passmore Center
103 Meadowlands Drive
Hillsborough, NC 27278

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 Helper Directory will receive a special designation in the directory. 

Space is limited, Register online, or call (919) 245-4253 today!

For more information, 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 businesses in understanding dementia and how to assist customers who have it. To date, 75 business and organizations are Dementia Friendly partners.  More information is available at and

Through Dementia Friendly Training, a business can:Dementia Friendly Orange County, NC

  • Develop an awareness of serving customers with cognitive impairments
  • Identify dementia-friendly practices and environments
  • 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.

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Dementia Education Collaborative
These education sessions are designed to provide information about dementia to individuals with memory concerns, caregivers, family members, friends, and interested community members.

  • What Can We Expect? A Dementia Basics Education Series is a four part series with topics about brain health, types and stages of dementia, communication, and preparing for the journey ahead. 
  • Additional topics are offered on an ongoing basis.  Contact Marie Dagger at 919-245-4253 or with questions or to register for a class.

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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
Caregiver Respite Program Coordinator: Lisa Meinert, BA
Social Worker: Pam Tillett, MSW

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

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