Community News for Caregivers

October 2019

Caregiver Day of Care

We are pleased and honored to invite you to our first and hopefully annual Caregiver Day of Care event that will take place on November 9 at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill. It is a privilege to have you with us at this special occasion. The event celebrates National Family Caregivers Month by recognizing and honoring your efforts and commitment as a caregiver here in Orange County.

The event will kick-off with registration and light refreshments at 9:30 and the official program beginning at 10am. We are anticipating a welcome from the director of the Orange County Department on Aging and one of the Orange County Commissioners.
Please join us on Saturday, November 9, from 9:30 am. – 2:00 pm at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill (located at 2551 Homestead Road) where you and other caregivers will enjoy:

  • All-day relaxation room with massage and aroma therapy

  • Wellness activities

  • Educational classes

  • Art workshops

  • Live Music

  • Raffles

  • Refreshments, lunch and more!

There is no cost for you to attend this event. However, we do ask that you register by Saturday, November 2, by calling 919-968-2070.

Additionally, limited respite care is available upon request, and is on a first come, first serve basis. To discuss whether this would be a good fit for the person you’re caring for, please email Lisa Meinert or call 919-245-4251 by Friday, October 18.

We are hoping to see you at the Caregiver Day of Care!


Ways to Practice Self-Care at Home...

From the UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center:
Free Guided Meditations
From the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center:
Getting Started with a Gratitude Journal
From Help Guide:
Emotional Intelligence Toolkit
Heartfulness Meditation Sessions at the Seymour Center:
Thursdays, September 12- November 21
6:00 -7:00 PM – Free


Dementia Friendly Orange County Updates

Special thanks to the following organizations for recently committing or recommitting to being part of the Dementia Friendly movement!

Orange County Public Transportation

Dementia Friendly organizations aim to be aware and accommodating of the needs of patrons with dementia or other special needs. Thank your local businesses for being a Dementia Friendly Partner or ask them to become one!

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Orange County Caregiver Support Logo

New Program: Care Partner Collaborative

Join us as we come together weekly to co-create a space that welcomes and supports seniors experiencing cognitive and/or physical challenges.  In a relaxed setting, we’ll share conversation, have lunch, and enjoy music, movement and other activities of our own design.

This gathering, Wednesdays at the Seymour Center from 10 am to 1 pm, is part of a collaborative project that relies on the input and participation of care partners. Through their active involvement, care partners gain connection, community, comfort and confidence for their journey ahead.

Registration is required. Please contact Lisa Meinert at or 919-245-4251 to discuss eligibility details and whether this is a good fit for you and the person you are caring for.

Upcoming Events

Social Events

Memory Cafe at Cup-a-Joe

Tuesday, October 1 at 2:30pm
120 W. King Street, Hillsborough
Contact Kim for more information

Memory Cafe at Bruegger's Bagels

Monday, October 14  at 2pm
1800 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
Contact Kim for more information

Memory Cafe on the Move

Ackland Museum of Art -101 S Columbia St, Chapel Hill
Thursday, October 17 at 1pm

Contact Kim for more information

Pickleball for Parkinson's

Seymour Center: Wednesdays at 2pm
See Flyer for more information

Parkinson's Players

UNC Hospitals Center for Rehabilitation Care - 1807 Fordham Blvd, Chapel Hill
Wednesdays, September 11-November 6 at 2:30pm
See Flyer for more information

Support Groups

Caregiver Support Group at Passmore

Thursdays, October 10 and 24 at 1pm
Contact Kim for more information.

Caregiver Support Group at Seymour

Fridays, October 11 and 25 at 10:30am
Contact Kim for more information.

Parkinson's Disease Caregivers Open Discussion Group

Seymour Center
Tuesday, October 1 at 12:30
Contact Jessica Shurer for more information.

Parkinson's Disease Patient Open Discussion Group

Seymour Center
Tuesday, October 1 at 12:30
Contact Jessica Shurer for more information.

Well Spouse Association Support Group for the Triangle

Seymour Center
Thursday, October 10 at 5:30pm
Contact Russ Wiener for more information.

Educational Opportunities

Caring Basics Series

Caregiving 101 – Managing Incontinence
Seymour Center - 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill
Wednesday, October 23 at 1:30pm
See Flyer  or contact Kim for more information.

What Can We Expect? - A Dementia Basics Education Series

Seymour Center - 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill
Thursdays, October 3-24 at 3:30pm
See Flyer or contact Marie for more information.

Special Events

Poised for Parkinson's

The Community Church of Chapel Hill - 106 Purefoy Road, Chapel Hill

Mondays & Thursdays, September 30 - November 21
See Flyer for more information.

Parkinson's Wellness Recovery

UNC Wellness Centers: New program each month
See Flyer for more information.

Upcoming at the Senior Centers

Passmore Center Image

Below is a selection of low-stress programs that could easily be enjoyed by caregivers and those they care for.

Please note each event’s location and call the respective senior center to register. 

Seymour Center Image

Passmore Center: 919-245-2015            Seymour Center: 919-968-2070

Join us as the Orange County Animal Shelter visits the Passmore Center to promote Adopt a Dog Month. We will be collecting donations such as toys, food, and blankets also.
Passmore Center
Thu, Oct 3                              (243026-01)                10 am – 12:30 pm
A Morning of music with Elizabeth Longman
Come spend the morning enjoying some American classics, musical theater, and other popular songs performed by classical singer Elizabeth Longman. She has performed with the New York Grand Opera, the Mannes Opera, and the Aquarius Opera. With Julie Florin accompanying on the piano, it is sure to be a morning of wonderful music.
Register by: Fri, Sep 27
Passmore Center
Fri, Oct 4                     (243065-01)                            10:30 – 11:30 am
It’s our version of 1960s - 1970s singer-songwriter hang out!  Paula C Snyder will perform some of our favorite songs from the era, including folk music from Peter, Paul, & Mary; Motown from greats like Smokey Robinson; pop tunes from Carly Simon, Carol King, Cat Stevens, and Van Morrison; and even some original material.  Relax & reminisce with a beverage and snacks (tasty pastries?  crunchy munchies?  nutty salties?).  A good time for all!
Min: 30/Max: 60
Seymour Center
Thu, Oct 10 (343065-01)                                                        2 – 3 pm
Annual Lake Michael Picnic
We will be grilling up some summer fun!  Enjoy food, games, boat rides, and more as we head to Lake Michael in Mebane for a fun filled day.  This beautiful lake should be rich in fall colors.  Paddleboats are available for $1.  Games include: Bingo, Bocce, and Corn Hole.  Picnic includes: Hot Dogs, chips, dessert, and beverage.  Invite a friend or two and carpool together.  The lake is easy to find and directions will be provided. Min: 15/Max: 30
Register by: Fri, Oct 4
Fee: $3
Passmore Center
Fri, Oct 11       (233001-01)                                        10:30 am – 1 pm
You will be greeted with a bio of the artist, list of artwork in the show and a beverage and refreshments for the occasion. The artist will be available to share inspirational stories and to answer questions about the show.


Kenneth Dixon is a native Chapel Hill/Carrboro artist and photographer. His eclectic show will capture various forms of abstract art along with photographic pieces with emphasis on still life, nature and landscapes. Join him for his opening show on Mon, Oct 21.  Hostesses will be: Amina Singletary, Ann Wilkerson and Fung Little with live music by Charles Bradshaw. Paintings will be on display from Mon, Oct 21 – Thu, Dec 5.

Seymour Center

Mon, Oct 21   (353003-09)                                                                3 – 4 pm

Multi-generational meet-ups are now the “in thing” and are super fun! Teen Builders is a unique social outlet created for opportunities to share, learn and develop lasting friendships between senior adults and teens.  These interactive connections not only offer a fun atmosphere, but enable each generation to learn more about each other. Take advantage of this empowering experience every 4th Monday. You’ll love it!  Min: 5/Max: 10
Register by: 1 week prior to each social
Seymour Center
Mon, Oct 28               Name That Tune Night                     (323095-07)                5 - 7 pm
IG - Trick or Treat carnival
What fun this will be as we decorate the center in preparation for preschool children from the Orange County SportsPlex to trick or treat with us. This carnival is not just for the children, come and try your hand at our carnival games.  Costumes are encouraged, but not required.  If you would like to take part in this event, or if you would like to donate an unopened bag of candy (not hard candy), please call Terry at 919-245-2016.  Min: 25/Max: 50
Register by: Thu, Oct 24
Passmore Center
Thu, Oct 31                (233031-01)                            10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Contact Us

Aging Information and Referral Helpline - (919) 968-2087

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