COVID-19 Resources for Seniors

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North Carolina has moved into Phase 2 of COVID vaccine distribution, meaning individuals 65 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID vaccine. There is no requirement to have certain qualifying chronic conditions.

If you are 65 or older, please follow the three-step process:

1.    Complete the Vaccine Interest Form (VIF) at
Call 919-913-8088 if you don’t have access to a computer or would like help filling out the form. Foreign language interpreters will be available. We are anticipating very high call volume. Please be patient for a return call if you decide to leave a voicemail.

2.    Register for the vaccine. You will receive an email with a link to an online registration form to enter your data into the COVID-19 Vaccine Management System (CVMS). It will take several minutes to complete. It is only available in English, but county staff are available to help register in other languages besides English by calling 919-913-8088.

3.    Schedule your vaccine appointment. When an individual is eligible to receive a vaccine, you will receive another email from the Orange County Health Department to schedule an appointment.

For more information and to read the full details visit: Get Your Shot!


Activities at both Orange County senior centers were suspended on Monday, March 16, due to the risks presented by COVID-19. Since that time staff have worked to implement and modify programs and services to help support seniors throughout the crisis.

Aging Transitions, Senior Center and Volunteer Connect 55+ staff are available to meet by phone, email or “virtual” appointment. For more information or assistance, please contact the Passmore Center: 919-245-2015, Seymour Center: 919-968-2070, or the Aging Helpline at 919-968-2087.

See our new and modified programs, services and resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic below:

  1. Aging Transitions Services
  2. Senior Center Programs & Community Based Services
  3. Employment Services
  4. Volunteer Programs & Opportunities
  5. RESOURCES for Older Adults


Aging Helpline: For more information or to register for an Aging Transitions programs, or to talk to trained staff about any aging-related issue, please call (919) 968-2087 or 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 am – 4 pm, Mon - Fri.

Chinese Aging Helpline: Call 919-245-4275
Spanish Aging Helpline: Call 919-245-4245


OC CARES (Orange County Caregiver Awareness, Respite, Education & Support) is proud to continue offering programs for caregivers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please reach out to the Aging Helpline at 919-968-2087 or email the Aging Transitions team for more information on programs. All programs are meeting virtually, via phone or GoToMeeting.

DOWNLOAD the current Caregiver Programming flier (pdf) for program details, dates and times.

REGISTER 1 day prior to the meeting. To register, call 919-245-2015, 919-968-2070 or register online.

  • Activity Engagement Coaching: It can be challenging to find ways to keep loved ones with dementia engaged throughout the day. For caregivers connected to our various dementia support programs, we are now offering one-on-one consultations to identify enjoyable activities that are person-centered, meaningful and appropriately modified.
  • Brief Counseling Services: Our team of social workers are available to work with older adults and caregivers for brief counseling services, free of charge. We can work with you on issues including anxiety, depression, caregiver stress and loneliness. 
  • Caregiver Education Series: A monthly presentation from the Aging Transitions team and community professionals on helpful topics for caregivers.
  • Care Partner Collaborative: A social gathering for care partners and their loved ones experiencing cognitive and/or physical challenges. Creating a flexible space for sharing and connection, with all participants welcome to join in simple, enjoyable group activities according to individual ability levels. 
  • Caregiver Education Series: A monthly presentation from the Aging Transitions team and community professionals on helpful topics for caregivers.
  • Caregiver Support Group: Virtual meeting with other caregivers to share experiences, learn new skills, and get answers to questions about dementia and other long-term disabilities. 
  •  Memory Cafe: Paused due to COVID-19 

For more caregiver resources: Sign up for the monthly Community News for Caregivers e-newsletter.

Durable Medical Equipment: Our occupational therapist is available should you need durable medical equipment, or a phone consultation.  

Volunteer Driver Program continues to provide rides for older adults to essential services. This service has become even more important as Orange County Public Transit and Chapel Hill Transit have limited service.


Orange County Government cares about diversity, equity and inclusion. As a community, we need to be mindful of xenophobia (dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries). Learn more about Orange County Government’s stance on Xenophobia


Inclusion Message from Chapel Hill Police Chief: Chapel Hill is committed to being a place for everyone. We want everyone in our community, including community members of Asian descent, to know that we support them. Please share the following multilingual videos broadly within your communities.

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