ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 22, 2016)—Orange County Department on Aging is expanding respite care services for caregivers and persons with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Beginning on Friday, March 4, the County will offer “Care Partner Respite” at the Jerry M. Passmore Center in Hillsborough. This will be available every Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The program, also offered at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill, has not only expanded to include the Passmore Center, but has been redesigned to engage participants socially in group activities and in meaningful activities tailored to their individual life experiences and interests. Caregivers will receive feedback and instructions based on their loved one’s individual activities and results.

The Passmore Center, formerly the Central Orange Senior Center, is located at 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough, NC.

The Care Partners Respite program is free. However, enrollment is required and space is limited to 10 participants at each site.

For more information or to enroll in the program, please contact Carol Wise, MSW, at, or call 919.968.2087.

About Care Partner Respite
The Care Partner Respite Program is funded by the Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative: Specialized Support Services grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living awarded to the Department on Aging for the Orange County Cares (OC Cares) Dementia-Capable Community Project.

OC Cares (Orange County Caregiver Awareness, Respite, Education and Support) offers resources to support caregivers in Orange County, particularly those caring for people with cognitive dysfunction, due to Alzheimer's disease, related dementias and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities.

In addition to the weekly respite care program, in-home assessment and consultation are available to care partners dealing with behavioral, activity and/or safety challenges. The program offers various support groups for caregivers and training for those who provide paid caregiving services.

Referrals for direct services can be made through the Aging Helpline at 919.968.2087.