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12/20/19 - 01/02/20

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"We will be closed December 24-26 and January 1. Happy Holidays!" on a background of snow with red ornaments and berries, and pine cones.

Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

We celebrate the legacy and life of Martin Luther King Jr and all that he accomplished - his courage and nonviolent protests. He will forever be remembered.  Please join us for our annual program co-sponsored with NCCU Alumni Orange County Chapter as we welcome our guest speaker, Danita Mason-Hogans.  She is a native of Chapel Hill and comes from seven generations of “movement people”. She has also been an education activist for over 30 years and is employed with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University where she serves as Program Manager for the Critical Oral Histories program. Min: 30/Max: 90

Register by: Fri, Jan 10
Speaker: Danita Mason-Hogans, Historian

Passmore Center
Fri, Jan 17                    (213003-01)                                   10:30 – 11:30 am

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration! - The Year of the Rat

The most important Chinese holiday is the Lunar New Year, which is known in China as Spring Festival, and in other Asian cultures as Lunar New Year. The festival ushers in the Lunar New Year and is the West’s Christmas and New Year’s Eve rolled into one. Enjoy a variety of entertainment followed by a reception with traditional snacks to celebrate. All are welcome. Min: 50/Max: 100

Register by: Thu, Jan 23

Seymour Center
Thu, Jan 30                   (353045-01)                                    2:30 – 5 pm 

Aging Transitions Services

Memory Café on the Move

A social outlet for people with dementia and their care partners.  Come out for fun activities in the community. For more information contact Kim Lamon-Loperfido, 919- 245-4253, or

Carolina Basketball Museum Tour
Wed, Jan 15                       (350003-14)                        1:30 pm

Orange County Caregiver Awareness, Respite, Education and Support (OC CARES) logo: silhouette of a person with arms in a heart shape.

OC CARES (Orange County Caregiver Awareness, Respite, Education & Support)

OC CARES offers both individualized and community level supports to caregivers. Contact the Aging Helpline at 919-968-2087 or for more information. 

Visit our website to view all of our Caregiver Support Services including, monthly Memory Cafés, Caregiver Support Group meeting schedules, Community News for Caregivers e-newsletter, and much more!

Call the "Aging Helpline," 919-968-2087

Call the Aging Helpline at 919-968-2087

Talk to trained staff about any aging-related issue. You may also 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 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Chinese & Spanish Language Helpline
Call 919-245-4275 to speak to our staff in Mandarin.
Call 919-245-4279 ext. 1 to leave a message in Spanish.

Classes and Trips

Outook and Opportunities

This seminar discusses current market conditions and how the political, economic and cultural forces shaping our markets can affect you as an investor. Min: 3/Max: 25.

Register by: Wed Jan 22 (Passmore)/ Fri, Jan 3 (Seymour)
Instructor: Mary-Charles Nassif, CFP

Passmore Center
Wed, Jan 29                 (214005-01)                              12 noon – 1 pm

Seymour Center
Wed, Jan 8                  (344015-02)                              6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Retirement for Boomers and Retirees

It's never too late or too early to learn about growing your money. Planning for your retirement and making sure that your money will last is a daunting task. Join us and discover how you can make wise decisions for the future. Min: 3/Max: 15.
Instructor: Mary-Charles Nassif, CFP, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Register by: Thu, Jan 9  (Passmore) / Fri, Jan 3  (Seymour)

Passmore Center
Thursdays        (254003-01)                                                2 – 3:30 pm
Jan 16              Foundations of Investing
Jan 23              Focus on Fixed Income
Jan 30              Stocks: The Nuts and Bolts
Feb 6                An Investor’s Tour of Mutual Funds
Feb 13              Preparing for the Unexpected
Feb 20              Preparing Your Estate Plan
Seymour Center
Tuesdays         (334004-14)                                      2 - 3:30 pm
Jan 14              Foundations of Investing
Jan 21              Focus on Fixed Income
Jan 28              Stocks: The Nuts and Bolts
Feb 4                An Investor’s Tour of Mutual Funds
Feb 11              Preparing for the Unexpected
Feb 18              Preparing Your Estate Plan

Happy, older Asian couple enjoying a walk in the park.

We offer a variety of programs including classes, educational opportunities, trips, and much more. 

Travel with Seniors on the Road  for fun day and overnight trips! 

View our current classes, trips and more!




"Membership" to our senior centers is free, just complete the Senior Centers Registration Form (PDF) and return it to either of our senior centers to get started. 

See a few highlighted programs below. Browse the Senior Times to see all that we offer. 

Employment Services for Older Adults

Photo of Mike Komives, Employment Specialist, Orange County Department on Aging
Mike Komives
Employment Specialist
Orange Co. Dept. on Aging

Looking for a job has changed. Are you ready?

Mike Komives, Employment Specialist for Orange County Department on Aging, can help. He will lead a discussion on what’s required for a successful part-time or full-time job search.

Seymour Center
Fri, Jan 3          9:30 am

Passmore Center
Wed, Jan 8       9:30 am

If you wish to meet with Mike individually, he’s available on Mondays and Fridays, 9 AM to 5 PM, at the Seymour Center, and Wednesdays, 9 AM to 1 PM, at the Passmore Center.
To make an appointment, call 919-616-8778, or email:

Health and Wellness

Heartfulness Meditation

Weekly meditation sessions last 25 - 30 min with a simple relaxation technique and a guided group meditation. These meditation techniques are effective and simple and something that can easily be integrated into one's life style. The sessions are open to everyone irrespective of religion, nationality, personal beliefs or other demographics.  No prior experience necessary.

Regular meditation helps:

  • Improve cardiovascular health
  • Reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Increase coping and problem-solving skills
  • Decrease burnout

Learn more at

Instructors: Dr Meenu Tewari & Devi Sekar

Seymour Center                                         
Thu, Jan 9 – Feb 27      (342005-01)                   6 – 7 pm

Older Hispanic woman exercising with an exercise ball.

We offer an array of services, ranging from massages to free blood pressure screenings. In addition, we offer many fitness classes like yoga, aerobics, tai chi, and much more.


Be sure to check out the Senior Times to find out more about what we offer, including class schedules and locations. Everyone is welcome and the first class is FREE! 

For more information on these and other Wellness programs contact
Latonya Brown at 919-245-4270.

Notice: To provide presentations on different topics, the Wellness Program hosts a variety of professionals. This does not mean an endorsement of providers, services, or method of treatment.

Lunch Program

Volunteers Needed

Help prepare and serve lunch from 11:30 - 1:00 pm at the Seymour Center. Interested? Please call Isabel Jackson, 919-245-4256. 


The Senior Lunch Program offers hot, nutritious meals at the Orange County Senior Centers each Monday through Friday at noon. Meals are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Orange County residents 60 years and older are invited to participate. For people under age 60, a meal costs $6. Voluntary and confidential donations for lunch are a very important part of the Program's budget which includes funding from the Older Americans Act, Orange County Government, and the Towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough.

Medicare Assistance

The Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) provides free, unbiased education and assistance with Medicare. We can help you understand when and how to enroll, how to choose between the different Medicare options, and how to read your Medicare statements.

We offer regular classes at both Senior Centers and the public libraries in Chapel Hill and Hillsborough. Or, you may choose to meet one-on-one with a Certified SHIIP Counselor to discuss your specific needs. Appointments with Certified Counselors are available at the Passmore Center and the Seymour Center. You can schedule your appointment online or call us at 919-245-4274.

Meet and Mingle

Happy, meet up, friendship, group.

Find a group to support you in what you're going through.


Do you like photography? How about languages?


Meet up with others who share your interests,
from chess to gardening to Sudoku.



Seymour Tech Center

Enroll at the Seymour Center. For class list see below or call Seymour Front Desk at 919-968-2070. If you have questions or need assistance with class choices, please call Mike Gilliom at 919-636-0993.

To check our class schedule & course descriptions, and sign up for our upcoming technology classes, go to our website: 


Special Events

Gratitude Basket – Law Enforcement Appreciation

To thank those who serve our community, we will deliver a basket of homemade goodness.  If you would like to help put the baskets together, or donate an item, please call Terry at 919-245-2016 or register at the front desk.  In honor of Law Enforcement Day, we will gather at 9 am to put the items in the baskets and travel to the Hillsborough Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. If you plan to donate items please bring them to the Passmore Center on Jan 7. 

Register by: Thu, Jan 2

Passmore Center
Thu, Jan 9                   (257061-02)                                          9 am

NC Museum of Art - "Live" Virtual Tour 

Take a virtual stroll through the galleries as our guide from NCMA uses their state-of-the-art technology cart to show and explain art works in real time (and enjoy closer views than are possible in person!).  The main focus of this tour is a colorful painting by American impressionist Frederick Frieseke, The Garden Parasol.  This and similar paintings will give us a refreshing taste of summer in the middle of winter. Max: 80

Register by:  Tue, Dec 31
Fee:  FREE

Seymour Center
Wed, Jan 8     (313094-01)                     1 - 2 pm

Tax Assistance

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is sponsored by the IRS and provides free tax assistance for eligible low and moderate income taxpayers of any age.  We have over 70 volunteers and complete over 1,500 tax returns from February-April each year. 

Tax help is provided at both the Seymour Center and the Passmore Center.  Volunteers assist in a variety of roles including office assistance, receptionist, computer support as well as tax preparers. Orientation Sessions for new volunteers will start in October. 

Contact Jeanne Chamberlin at 919-245-4240 or for more information or to register as a new VITA volunteer.

Volunteer Connect 55+

Calling Volunteers of All Ages!

We are seeking volunteers of all ages to join the VC55+ family of over 400 volunteers! The right volunteer match can be infinitely meaningful and fun – let us help you find your ideal volunteer match!

Opportunities Include:

  • Seymour & Passmore Center Greeter Team
  • Bi-Lingual (Karen/Burmese/Spanish/English) Volunteer Team
  • Long-term Care Volunteer Program with Signature HealthCARE
  • Handy Helpers Team
  • Friend to Friend Team
  • Community Visitation/SALT Team
  • Volunteer Drivers Team

To become a volunteer, please contact Shenae McPherson,VC55+ Administrator,
at 919-245-4243, or

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Jerry M. Passmore Center

Location & Hours

103 Meadowlands Dr. (PO Box 8181)
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Phone: 919-245-2015

Monday - Thursday, 8 am - 8 pm
Fridays, 8 am - 5 pm
Saturdays, 9 am - 11 am

Robert & Pearl Seymour Center

Location & Hours

2551 Homestead Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Monday - Thursday, 8 am - 9 pm
Fridays, 8 am - 5 pm
Saturdays, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm


Orange County Department on Aging - Aging Transitions Services
Orange County Department on Aging - Senior Centers
Orange County Department on Aging - Volunteer Connect 55+
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