406 Rigsbee Ave, 2nd floor, 919-688-4772, seniorpharmassist.org:
Senior PharmAssist helps Durham County residents age 60 and up manage and get access to the medications they need. They’re able to find resources that make medicines available at low cost, and they help teach how to use medications safely and effectively. A staff pharmacist can take a good look at all of the medications being taken by a resident and can recommend which ones are inadvertently working against each other. (This sometimes happens when someone has multiple doctors who aren’t aware of what the others are prescribing.) Call to set an appointment.
DURHAM CENTER FOR SENIOR LIFE,
406 Rigsbee Ave, 919-688-8247, dcslnc.org:
The Durham Center for Senior Life serves people age 55 and up. There is no charge for membership—get your card today! See DCSL’s full monthly schedule on their website or pick one up at the front desk. There’s something going on every day (these are just a few activities):
The Senior Walking Club meets at the Hunt St entrance at 6:30am on weekdays, and the group walks for an hour.
Here are this month’s movies—all will be shown in the Theater starting at 1:30pm (call in your movie suggestions):
The Book Club will meet on Fridays, August 4 and 11, 11am–noon, in the Board Room. Read “Identical” by Scott Turow.
Learn about Rheumatoid Arthritis at the Lunch & Learn on Friday, August 4, 11am–1pm, in the Theater. You can sign up at the Front Desk.
This month’s Birthday Party will be sponsored by Emerald Pond and held on Tuesday, August 8, 1:30pm, in the Upper Commons for people celebrating August birthdays.
CHAMP (Communication and Hearing Assistance Mentoring Program) will meet on Tuesday, August 8, 1:30–4pm, in the Board Room.
Sign up for a Beginners’ Computer Class at the Front Desk; half-hour sessions will be held on Thursdays, 11am–12:30pm, in the Computer Lab. You can also sign up for a 30-minute session between 10am and noon on Wednesday, August 9.
The Bull City Golden Riders will hold its next meeting on Friday, August 11, 10:30am, in the Theater.
The Family Caregiver Support Group will meet on Tuesday, August 15, 4:30–5:30pm, at DSCL Adult Day Health.
Make a Tin Can Herb Planter on Wednesday, August 23, 2–4pm, in the TV Lounge.
The Durham County Library Bookmobile will pay a visit on Thursday, August 24, 10:30am. Don’t forget your library card (or apply for one on the spot).
Share your programming ideas with the DCSL director at the Senior Forum on Thursday, August 24, 12:30pm, in the Upper Commons.
Compete in the Pool Tournament on Friday, August 25, 12:30–4:30pm, in the Game Room; please pay the $5 fee in advance at the Front Desk.
A weekly seminar series, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, will be held on Wednesdays, September 13–October 18. It’s free; sign up at the Front Desk by the Friday, August 25 deadline.
Legal Aid On-Site will resume in September.
Please note: Parking is tight and some unauthorized people are trying to park in the DCSL lot. From now on, DCSL visitors will have to display a DCSL decal on their car windshields. Pick yours up at the front desk; it’s free.
DURHAM PARKS AND RECREATION,
Mature Adults office, Walltown Recreation Center, 1308 W Club Blvd, 919-560-4296 or 919-354-2710, website. The DPR Mature Adults office serves people age 55 and up.
Sign up for Gospel Movement and have fun exercising to rollicking music that’s good for the soul. The program is offered at Holton (401 N Driver St) on Mondays, 10–10:40am and at Lyon Park (1309 Halley St) on Thursdays, 11–11:40am. It’s free.
Get a good workout at IR Holmes Sr/Campus Hills (2000 S Alston Ave) on Mondays through May 15, 10–11am. Mature Women on Weights have free weights, exercise machines, resistance bands, BOSU balls, and more at their disposal. Learn how to design a personal exercise program and how to use the equipment. The cost is $9 call 919-560-4444 for more info.
Get a good workout at IR Holmes Sr/Campus Hills (2000 S Alston Ave) on Tuesdays through May 16, 10–11am. Mature Men on Weights have free weights, exercise machines, resistance bands, BOSU balls, and more at their disposal. Learn how to design a personal exercise program and how to use the equipment. The cost is $9 call 919-560-4444 for more info.
Impress your family by learning the latest moves in a Line Dancing class on Wednesdays, 10–11am at IR Holmes Sr/Campus Hills (2000 S Alston Ave, 919-560-4444), and Gospel Movement—exercising to inspirational music—on Thursdays, 11–11:40am, at Lyon Park (1309 Halley St, 919-560-4288) and on Mondays, 10–10:40, at Walltown Park (1308 W Club Blvd, 919-560-4296). The cost for Line Dancing is $3, free with a Play More Card. Gospel Movement is free. Call for more info.
Get active with Mature Adult Open Gym Basketball on Mondays, 6–9pm, at WD Hill (1308 Fayetteville St, 919-560-4292), and Wednesdays, 5–6:45pm, at Holton (401 N Driver St, 919-354-2750). It’s free; call for more info. WD Hill also has Senior Open Rec (billiards, foosball, darts, and board games) on Saturdays, 11am–1pm.
Drop in on the Let’s Get Together! activities—checkers, movies with popcorn, guest speakers/discussion group, and more that you can help plan—Tuesdays, 10:30–11:30am, at Lyon Park (1309 Halley St, 919-560-4288); Mondays, 10:45–11:45am, at Holton (401 N Driver St, 919-354-2750); and Tuesdays, noon–1pm, at Walltown (1308 W Club Blvd, 919-560-4296). It’s free; call for more info.
DPR and the Interfaith Food Shuttle are working together to provide free fruits and vegetables at a special Farmers Market for seniors at Holton (401 N Driver, 919-354-2750) on Thursdays, August 3 and 17, and September 7, 11:30am–12:30pm. Be sure to take your own bag. Call for more info.
Enjoy a road trip to the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte on Tuesday, July 25. Visit the Graham Family Homeplace, the Memorial Prayer Garden, and eat lunch in the Graham Brothers’ Dairy Bar. The $50 fee covers transportation costs; the bus will leave from Northgate Mall (the Sears parking lot) at 7:45am and will return at 5:30pm. (Take extra $$$ for breakfast, which will be eaten on the way, and lunch.) Call for more info.
JEWISH FEDERATION OF DURHAM–CHAPEL HILL,
Levin Jewish Community Center ("the J"),
1937 W Cornwallis Rd, 919-354-4936, levinjcc.org:
The JCC Men’s Group will meet on Friday, August 4, 10–11:30am; Benjamin Waterhouse will discuss Lobbying America: The Politics of Business from Nixon to NAFTA.
The Durham–Chapel Hill Jewish Federation’s Jewish Family Services sponsors the Memory Café, where people with memory loss (including dementia and Alzheimer’s) can gather with their loved-ones and enjoy snacks, conversation, activities, and just being together. The next Memory Cafés will be held on Thursdays, August 3 and September 7, 10am–noon. They’re free, although a donation to Jewish Family Services would be graciously accepted. Contact Jennifer Schwartz at 919-354-4923 or email@example.com for more info.
Jewish seniors are invited to participate in the Levin Jewish Community Center’s Chaverim/Friends event on Wednesday, August 9, 11am–1pm. Anne Shelton, MD, will give a talk on Ageless Grace. Join in this seated exercise that uses music and movement to stimulate the five functions of the brain. Seven dollars covers the cost for lunch. Call Jordana Brown at 919-354-4924 by Monday, August 7 to reserve your spot; transportation is available on request. Click here to see more JCC events for seniors.
The JCC Women’s Group Book Club will meet on Friday, August 11, 1030–11:30am; Read “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman.
The JCC Men’s Group will meet on Friday, August 18, 10–11:30am; Spoma Jovanovic will discuss Higher Education.
Wednesday is Senior Game Day at Southwest Regional Library (3605 Shannon Rd, 919-560-8590), where folks age 55+ can play games like Rumnikub, Chess, Scrabble, and games that people (including you!) bring in. Arrive at 1pm, ready to play. It’s free; call for more info.
The Resource Center for Women & Ministry in the South holds a monthly meeting, The Art of Conscious Aging, for “women of a certain age” at 1202 Watts St. The next one will be held on Tuesday, August 8, 11:30am–2pm, at the Colony Hills Clubhouse (3060 Colony Rd). This is an open group and there are no membership fees. Bring a bag lunch and be prepared to enjoy yourself and join in the conversation. Call 919-683-1236, write to firstname.lastname@example.org, or click here for more information.