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.
Representatives from Durham County Department of Social Services will provide onsite services—Learn about and get help with Medicaid on Tuesdays from 1 to 3pm, and DSS Social Services on Wednesdays from 9am to 1pm.
Celebrate Latino Heritage Week Monday, October 2 through Friday, October 6.
Here are this month’s movies—all will be shown in the Theater starting at 1:30pm (call in your movie suggestions):
UNC’s Wellness Clinic will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 9–11am. Get weighed, have your blood pressure checked, and pick up useful information on good health free of charge.
Ask questions at the “Meet the Candidates” Candidates Forum on Tuesday, October 3, 10:30am, in the Theater.
The Book Club will meet on Fridays, October 6 and 20, 11am–noon, in the Board Room. Read “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn.
This month’s Birthday Party will be sponsored by Brookdale and held on Tuesday, October 10, 1:30pm, in the Upper Commons for people celebrating October birthdays.
CHAMP (Communication and Hearing Assistance Mentoring Program) will meet on Tuesday, October 10, 1:30–4pm, in the Board Room.
Walgreen’s will host a Flu Shot Clinic on Thursday, October 12, 9am–1pm. Call for more info.
The Bull City Golden Riders will hold its next meeting on Friday, October 13, 10:30am, in the Theater.
Tuesday, October 17 is Senior Day at the North Carolina State Fair. Everyone will meet at the GoDurham bus terminal (500 W Pettigrew) at 7:45am. Call for more info.
The Family Caregiver Support Group will meet on Tuesday, October 17, 4:30–5:30pm, in the Classroom.
Walgreen’s will host a Flu Shot Clinic on Thursday, October 12, 9am–1pm. Call for more info.
Harris Teeter will host a Flu Shot Clinic on Wednesday, October 18, 9am–noon. Call for more info.
The Police vs Seniors Olympic Challenge will be held on Thursday, October 19, 1–3pm. Play billiards, Wii games, ping-pong, and other fun games against Durham police officers.
A Table Tennis Tournament will be held on Friday, October 20, noon–4pm. To compete, sign up at the front desk and pay a $10 entry fee.
Legal Aid On-Site will be offered on Friday, October 20, 12:30–4:30pm. You won’t get actual legal representation—more like a point in the right direction. Be sure to set an appointment at the front desk; no walk-ins allowed.
Share your programming ideas with the DCSL director at the Senior Forum on Wednesday, October 25, 12:30pm, in the Theater.
The Durham County Library Bookmobile will pay a visit on Thursday, October 26, 11–11:45am, in the Lower Commons. Learn about OASIS (the Older Adult and Shut-In Service), and don’t forget your library card (or apply for one on the spot).
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, 10–10:40am. It’s free.
Get a good workout at IR Holmes Sr/Campus Hills (2000 S Alston Ave) on Mondays, October 30–December 4, 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, October 31–December 5, 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, 9–10am at IR Holmes Sr/Campus Hills (2000 S Alston Ave, 919-560-4444), and Gospel Movement—exercising to inspirational music—on Thursdays, 10–10:45am, at Lyon Park (1309 Halley St, 919-560-4288) and on Mondays, 10–10:45, at Holton (401 N Driver St, 919-354-2750). The cost for Line Dancing is $3, free with a Play More Card. Gospel Movement is free at Holton and $9 at Lyon Park. 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, 5–6:30pm, at Holton (401 N Driver St, 919-354-2750). WD Hill also has Senior Open Rec on Thursdays, 3:45–7:45pm; you can play basketball, billiards, foosball, darts, and board games. It’s free; call for more info.
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, 5 and 19, and November 2, 11:30am–12:30pm. Be sure to take your own bag. Call for more info.
Tuesday, October 17 is Senior Day at the North Carolina State Fair on the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and fun at the fair. The $6 fee covers roundtrip transportation costs; the bus will leave from Northgate Mall (the Sears parking lot) at 8:15am and will return at 1:30pm. (Take extra $$$ for food and beverages.) Admission is free for those over age 65 and $10 for others. This particular trip will require quite a bit of walking; call for more info.
Enjoy a road trip to the NC Zoo in Asheboro on Thursday, October 26. Visit the RJ Reynolds Forest Aviary, which is full of exotic birds and plants, and see animals from around the country (and the world). The $39.10 fee covers roundtrip transportation costs; the bus will leave from Northgate Mall (the Sears parking lot) at 8:15am and will return at 6pm. (Take extra $$$ for food and beverages.) This particular trip will require quite a bit of walking; 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 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, October 5 and November 2, 10am–noon. They’re free, although a donation to Jewish Family Services would be graciously accepted. Contact Jennifer Schwartz at 919-354-4923 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
The JCC Women’s Group and JCC Men’s Group will have a joint meeting on Friday, October 6, 10–11:30am; Len Rogoff will discuss Jewish Constitutional History.
The JCC Women’s Group and JCC Men’s Group will have a joint meeting on Friday, October 20, 10–11:30am; Len Rogoff’s topic will be Religious Test in the NC State Constitution.
The JCC Men’s Group will meet on Friday, November 3, 10–11:30am; Hillel Koren will discuss The Environment, Health, and Us.
The JCC Women’s Group will meet on Friday, November 3, 10–11:30am; Orit Ramler will discuss Growing Up Jewish in Argentina.
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, October 10, 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 email@example.com, or click here for more information.