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01/03/20 - 01/16/20

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A Conversation About Substance Use and Aging

Our bodies change as we age, and so do the ways certain substances (prescription drugs,
medications, alcohol, etc.) impact us. Join us for a discussion about substance use
among older adults. What does it mean? How can we recognize a potential problem in
ourselves and others? How do we talk about it, and with whom? What treatment options are available? Experts will discuss these topics and more and be available to answer questions. Questions can be asked following the presentation, or submitted in writing.

Our presenters will be:

  • Jena Ivey Burkhart, PharmD, BCPS, CPP, from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy
  • Heather Griffin-Dolciney, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, from Freedom House
  • Sharon Reilly, MD, Medical Director from Piedmont Health SeniorCare PACE
  • Dr. Stuart Downie, MB ChB, Geriatric Psychiatrist from Duke

Register by: Friday, January 17, call (919) 968-2070

Seymour Center
Wednesday, January 22 • 5:30 - 7 pm

Area Plan Survey 2020-2024

The Triangle J Area Agency on Aging is seeking your input as as they develop the 2020-2024 Area Plan. They are specifically interested in information about the needs of aging adults, caregivers, or persons with disabilities in our county.

Please complete the brief Area Plan Survey 2020-2024 which focuses on four target areas: local needs assessment, livability, emerging issues, and information availability. Your input is important. Thank you!

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

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

Dementia Basics 

A four-part series with topics around brain health - types and stages of dementia, communication, and preparing for the journey ahead. We invite those with memory concerns, caregivers, family members, friends, and other interested community members to join us! Download the Dementia Basics flyer for more details.

Instructors: Aging Transitions Team and Experienced Community Members
Register by: Fri, Jan 31, For questions and registration, please contact:

Chapel Hill Public Library
Tuesdays, Feb 4 -25                         10 am – 12 noon
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

TED Talks at Passmore and Seymour

What are TED Talks? TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design.  Join us aa 15 minute video/talk and follow up discussions. 

Register one week prior to event

Tue, Jan 21; 2 – 3 pm - The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage – Susan David
Psychologist Susan David shares how the way we deal with our emotions shapes everything that matters: our actions, careers, relationships, health and happiness. In this deeply moving, humorous and potentially life-changing talk, she challenges a culture that prizes positivity over emotional truth and discusses the powerful strategies of emotional agility.

Mon, Jan 13; 2 - 3 pm – How to Humor Your Stress - Loretta Laroche
Don't believe everything you think! Many of our thoughts can be the source of amusement if we learn how to discover our inner sitcom. Life does not have to be a stress rehearsal. When we explore how to "lighten up", we also help to "lighten up" the world. 

Vintage Jewelry Magnets

Join us in a multi-cultural craft corner as we create beautiful and useful decorative magnets out of old baubles and bling! Let’s connect through art! Seniors of all cultures and languages are welcome and encouraged to join – staff will be there to interpret as needed. Supplies provided. Min: 6/Max: 20

Trilingual class: English/Chinese/Spanish
Register by:  Thu, Jan 9
Fee:  FREE

Seymour Center
Thu, Jan 16              (314070-01)             1 – 2:30 pm

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

Hearing Screening and Ear Wax Check

Do you have a hearing problem? Have you fallen recently? These two simple questions are the first step to assess a patient’s hearing status. Patricia O Johnson, AuD, F-AAA, ABA Certified, Doctor of Audiology and UNC Hearing and Communication Center Staff will provide the screenings at the senior centers. There will also be an explanation on the causes and symptoms of hearing loss.

Register by: Fri, Jan 17

Passmore Center 
Thu, Jan 23    (252505-02)       9 am – 12 noon

Seymour Center                    
Fri, Jan 24      (352079-01)       9 am – 12 noon

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. Learn more at

Regular meditation helps:

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

Instructors: Dr Meenu Tewari & Devi Sekar

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

Posture Clinic

Learn the seven steps to a better posture. Poor posture is one of the most common health problems. It reduces your mobility; increases your risk of falling; can cause headaches; adversely affects blood pressure and mood; constricts breathing and causes muscle imbalances leading to chronic pain - and can even increase your mortality.

The clinic will include brief lectures, educational handouts, and simple yoga poses to reverse postural aging. Students will need to be able to get down on a mat. Instructor: Amritari Martinez, M.A., E-RYT Certified Yoga Wellness Educator and Former State Credentialed Adult Instructor. Ph: 919-904-7657, Website:
Register by: Wed. Jan 15
Fee: $56
Seymour Center
Tuesdays, Jan 21 – Mar 3; 3:30 – 4:30 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

Do you like to read? Join a local book club!

BOOK CLUB at the Passmore Center
NEW! Come; join a book discussion group with other book lovers.

Passmore Center: 10:30 am

  • Wed, Jan 22; Guernesy Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. A historical fiction set in 1946 as an epistolary novel
  • Wed, Feb 26; Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. A historical novel of a Korean family migrating to Japan

MONDAY NIGHT BOOK CLUB at the Chapel Hill Library
Chapel Hill's Monday Night Book Club is a public book club open to participation by anyone in the Chapel Hill community. We welcome new readers/participants in our discussions. 

Chapel Hill Public Library: 6:30 - 7:45 pm

  • Mon, Jan 13; The Overstory by Richard Powers 
  • Mon, Feb 17; My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite  

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

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, call 919-968-2070

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

Passmore Center - Meet and Greet

We want to get to know you better.  You are invited to begin 2020 mingling with others who attend the senior center. Join members of the Program Advisory Committee, Friends Board, and staff for an opportunity to get to know one another.  This is open to everyone.  If you have been coming for a while, invite a friend or neighbor to come and help them get connected with our center.
Register by: Fri, Jan 3
Passmore Center
Tue, Jan 10                (233021-01)                                                    10:30 – 11:30 am

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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