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01/17/20 - 01/30/20

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Intergenerational Sweetheart Social, 2/8/2020, 12-2pm, Fee: FREE, Cedar Grove Community Center, 5800 NC Hwy 86 N, Hillsborough, NC. Register by Feb 3, call 919-245-2015.

Intergeneracional Evento Social

Sabado, 8 de Febrero 2020 • 12 - 2 pm

Cedar Grove Community Center, 5800 NC Highway 86 N, Hillsborough, NC
Llamar a 919-245-2015 para registrarse antes de Lunes 3 de Febrero.

Disfruta de manualidades, Musica y juegos, Artes visuals, zona de juegos para ninos y mas! Conozca y salude a la leyenda del basketball de la UNC, Phil Ford! Miembro de la familia de baloncesto de Carolina por más de 25 años. Ha formado parte de cinco equipos de Final Four, el título de la NCAA de 1993 y cinco campeonatos de torneos ACC. Ford fue incluido en el Salon de la Fama del deporte de Carolina del Norte en Mayo de 1991. Mr. Ford estara presente de 12 a 1 solamente. 

¡Inscripción gratuita Ident-A-Kid ofrecida por la Oficina
del Sheriff del Condado de Orange!  Hot Dogs y Dulces Gratis!


Alternate Endings: An End of Life Choices Event

Project EngAGE’s End of Life Choices Senior Resource Team proudly presents a celebration of the freedom of choice at the end of one’s life. The documentary Alternate Endings tells the stories of six people nearing death and family members of the recently deceased, who have chosen nontraditional end-of-life options and remembrances.

Please join us for a profoundly intimate and illuminating film that explores what it means to be near death and captures the healing power of honoring, giving thanks, and staying true to our loved ones wishes. An in depth Q&A will immediately follow the screening with our distinguished panel of experts.

Register by: Fri, Jan 31 at 919-968-2070

Seymour Center
Wed, Feb 5      (355001-01)     4 – 6 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!

Breaking the Silence and Shedding the Stigma *Registration Extended!

I’m Good Bro: Unmasking Black Male Depression is a riveting documentary about mental health and its struggles from the black male perspective. Please join us for the showing and an in-depth Q&A session with the producers of the film immediately following. This event is co-sponsored by the Wellness Program 4C Visual Group, and Project EngAGE Mental Wellness SRT. Dinner will be served @ 6 pm.

Register by: Fri, Jan 31

Passmore Center
Thu, Feb 6 (000000) 6 – 8:30 pm
Snow makeup: Thu, Feb 13 6 – 8:30 pm

Chapel Hill Transit Changes Meeting Offered in English AND Mandarin

Chapel Hill Transit will change some bus routes and schedules in August of this year. Staff will host meetings to answer questions about these changes. 

  • Thursday, Jan. 30, 9-11 at UNC Hospitals
  • Friday, Jan. 21, 9-11 at Seymour Center (offered in English and Mandarin)

Aging Transitions Services

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

NEW! Memory Screening

AFA Certified Dementia Care Partner Marie Dagger, MS, OTR/L is offering free memory and cognition screenings.
This free, confidential assessment gives you more information about your memory and if follow-up with a physician is needed. This is a face-to-face meeting that takes about 20 minutes. Please call the front desk at each center to schedule your appointment.


Passmore Center
Feb 10     (242504-02)     9 am - 12 noon
Seymour Center
Jan 29     (342509-02)     9 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

Photo of Tryon Palace, Newburn, NC

A Day at the Palace! 

Journey with us to New Bern, NC to Tryon Palace! The centerpiece of the historic site was also the grandest public building in the colonies. Royal Governor William Tryon and his family brought architect John Hawks from London to design and build the Georgian-style structure. Completed in 1770, Tryon Palace served as the first permanent capitol of NC and home to the Tryon family. 

Surrounding the Palace are several historic homes and buildings that help tell the story of life in historic New Bern, including the Dixon House, Stanly House, and the Hay House. Tryon Palace features 16 acres of gardens and is the reconstructed colonial capitol of NC. Today, the Palace lives on as a testament to history, community and rebirth. 

We will stop for an early lunch.  All attractions and lunch are included. This is a moderate walking tour and some sites include stairs. Gratuity for driver is not included (recommended: $2 - $3 per person).  We need 25 people for this trip to take place.

Date: Sat, Feb 29          (316000-01)
Fee: $100 at time of registration.
Register by: Tue, Feb 4, call Passmore (919) 245-2015/Seymour (919) 968-2070 

Departure/Return Times and Locations 
Passmore Center: 8 am – 7 pm
Seymour Center: 7:30 am – 7:30 pm

International Women and Girls in Science

Come join us to celebrate Women and Girls in Science. Bring the grandchildren for science experiments and to hear more about science. Even if the grandchildren can’t come, join us to learn some simple experiments to do at home with them. Min: 5/Max: 12

Register by: Tue Feb 4
Leaders: Faye Cleaton with Grandchildren Lukas and Kallie Smith

Passmore Center
Tue, Feb 11     (243071-01)     3:30 - 4:30 pm

Life Transitions

Life is full of changes and moving from a home that you have lived in for years can be a daunting experience.  In most cases you will be moving to a smaller home and will need to determine what to keep and what to give away/sell.  You will need to consider how to best orchestrate the process – do you put your house on the market first or do you find your new home first? This session will help you figure out the best way to make the transition and get your house ready to go on the market. Min: 8/ Max: 30

Register by: Thu, Jan 30
Presenter: Representative from Fonville Morisey Realty Register by: Thu, Jan 30

Seymour Center
Thu, Feb 6     (323072-07)     10 – 11:30 am
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

Hello Mature Job Seekers and Entrepreneurs, 

Do you want to be better prepared as you search for work? Thinking about starting your own business? Orange County Department on Aging can help.

Mike Komives, Employment Specialist, offers one-on-one counseling and advice about what employers look for in reviewing resumes, conducting interviews.  He also provides tips in addressing age discrimination. Additionally, he will provide information about Orange County Economic Development programs for people who want to start their own business. 

You can make an appointment to meet Mike at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill on Mondays and Fridays between 9 AM and 5 PM, or at the Passmore Center in Hillsborough on Wednesdays from 9 AM to 1 PM. Call 919-616-8778 or email:

Health and Wellness


Join Lorraine Lewis, Certified HeartMath® Coach/ Mentor, to learn a simple scientifically proven Heart-centered “Recipe” to vastly improve the quality of your life in this busy, chaotic world. How do you want to feel? How much of the time are you feeling that? Enjoy learning this fun tool for a lifetime of managing your own energy and amplifying your daily “feel good” quotient significantly, enhancing your intuition, and improving every area of your life. Contact: Lorraine: 919 641-1497;

Fee: Donation
Seymour Center 
Fri, Feb 14           1 pm 
Passmore Center
Thu, Feb 20         10 am 

Women using exercise balls in fitness class.

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

Welcome to Medicare!

Are you turning 65, and eligible for Medicare?  Do you feel overwhelmed by all the information “bombarding” you?  The Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) and the Orange County Department on Aging offer monthly sessions on Medicare - and all its parts.  Whether you are retiring soon, already retired or continuing to work, you’ll get valuable information including how and when to enroll, potential penalties for late enrollment, as well as Medicare’s costs, benefits and options.   

Fee:  FREE

  • Monday, Feb 10, 12-1:30 at Chapel Hill Public Library
  • Thursday, Feb 27, 12-1:30-pm at Orange County Public Library - Hillsborough 

Don’t like your Medicare Plan?  You may still be able to change

If you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan for 2020, you can switch to another Advantage Plan or Original Medicare one time between January 1 and March 31. 

Make an appointment to meet with a certified counselor at the Passmore Center in Hillsborough or the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill.  Schedule online at or call 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

Hot Chocolate Bar and Name That Love Song with Steve Toll

What says Valentines are better than chocolate and your favorite love song?  How about a variety of gourmet hot chocolates with your favorite toppings!  Steve Toll returns for an encore performance of love songs throughout the years.  Test your knowledge as we play, name that love song, or just enjoy cheering on others.  Min: 20/Max: 50

Register by: Feb 7

Passmore Center
Fri, Feb 14       (213049-01)     2 – 4 pm

Coffee & Pastry with the Author

Slavery and Class in the American South: A Generation of Slave Narrative Testimony, 1840-1865
Have a cup of coffee with author, William “Bill” Andrews, as he explains how social status and class developed among the enslaved in the first half of the nineteenth century. These distinctions played key roles in the lives and liberation of celebrated fugitives like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs. Andrews explains how social class cut two ways - separating upper and lower strata of slaves to their enslavers’ advantage, but at other times convincing privileged slaves that they deserved complete freedom. There will be an opportunity to purchase the book and have it autographed. Min: 5/Max: 25

Register by:  Wed, Feb 5
Author/Presenter: Bill Andrews, E Maynard Adams Professor of English Emeritus, UNC-Chapel Hill

Seymour Center
Wed, Feb 12     (313097-01)    10 - 11:30 am

Tax Assistance


The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) Program provides FREE assistance to low and moderate income taxpayers.  Tax preparation sessions start February 6th at the Seymour Center, Passmore Center and Cedar Grove Community Center.  Or, try our new Drop-Off Service available February 6th to March 30th.  
One-Stop VITA: This is our traditional service. Make an appointment by visiting our website or calling us at 919-245-4242.

Drop-off VITA: This is a new approach in 2020. Drop off your tax documents and have a brief intake interview during the times shown below. You will be contacted when your return is ready and scheduled for a pick-up time. You must be a US Citizen or hold a Green Card to use this service.

Be sure to review our Eligibility Guidelines and What to Bring Documents. For questions, call 919-245-4240.  Find VITA Sites and Schedule for Tax Year 2019 here.

Volunteer Connect 55+

I Voted! Now What?

Are you wondering how to get more involved after the elections? Join the Policy and Advocacy Senior Resource Team to learn more about how to make your voice heard at the local and state levels. We will hear from representatives of town and County advisory boards and state advocacy groups about how to get involved and what policies are most pressing for older adults. You don’t have to wait until November 2020 to make a real impact!

Register by: Fri, Feb 14 at 919-968-2070

Seymour Center
Wed, Feb 19     (357138-38)     3:30 – 5 pm 

LGBTQ Programing and Resource Survey

Orange County Department on Aging’s LGBTQ Senior Resource Team (SRT) in partnership with Partnerships in Aging (PiAP) and SAGE Central North Carolina is seeking to improve LGBTQ programing and resources.  OCDoA has always strived to create an inclusive environment where all older adults feel engaged and supported.  We are asking for your help to keep the ideas flowing and the momentum growing.  Please take a moment to complete this quick survey, no more than 10 minutes, to assist the LGBTQ SRT to expand on what OCDoA currently offers.  Your input is completely anonymous and is greatly needed.  Share this with your friends and encourage them to complete the survey too! 
The link to the survey is listed below.

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
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Orange County Department on Aging - Volunteer Connect 55+
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