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.
The Open Enrollment Period (OEP) for Medicare Part D ends on Thursday, December 7. Now’s the time to review (and change, if necessary) your Part D coverage; you need to make sure that the company you signed up with will continue to carry your meds in 2018. If you don’t realize that they have dropped your meds until after the OEP deadline has passed, your prescriptions costs could shoot up sky high next year. Just last year, people who switched plans after consulting with Senior PharmAssist saved an average of $935 in 2017. Call to make an appointment today!
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 6am and 10am 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.
Here are this month’s movies—all will be shown in the Theater starting at 1:30pm (call in your movie suggestions):
Patrick Toal will lead a class on Laughter Is the Best Medicine/Health Benefits on Wednesday, January 3, 11am–noon, in the Theater. Please register in advance at the front desk.
A Stay Fit for Life class will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 10–11:30am, in the Theater. Please register in advance at the front desk.
This month’s Birthday Party will be sponsored by Pettigrew Rehabilitations and held on Tuesday, January 9, 1:30pm, in the Lower Commons for people celebrating January birthdays.
Celebrate MLK Jr and DCSL Community Day on Wednesday, January 10, Enjoy the Dr King display at 10am, and then at 11am, the group will meet Olalekan Jeyifous, the artist who will be creating the huge, outdoor art wrap for the Corcoran Street Garage. The community-service component will involve your giving the artist some feedback on his ideas and vision for the SmART Vision Plan for the Blackwell/Corcoran/Foster corridor. The Lunch and Volunteer Fair will follow at noon. You’ll also be able to learn about opportunities for volunteering and sharing ideas about DSCL programs and events.
NC Mutual presents a Financial Fitness/Literacy Series on Thursdays, January 11, 18, and 25, 9am–1pm, in the Theater. Please register in advance at the front desk.
An AARP Smart Driver Safety Course will be offered on Monday, January 22, 9am–1pm, in the Classroom. There’s a limit of 10 people, so sign up at the front desk ASAP.
The Duke Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program and Nurse Practitioner Fellows present Staying Physically Independent on Wednesday, December 20, 10–11:30am, in the Theater.
The annual Christmas Potluck Celebration (complete with Wacky Tacky Holiday Sweater Contest) will be held on Wednesday, December 20, 11:45–1:30pm, in the Lower Commons. Sign up to take your favorite dish and take an ornament if you’d like to participate in the Ornament Exchange. Get more info at the Front Desk.
Learn about the Traditions of Kwanzaa on Wednesday, December 28, 11am, in the Lower Commons.
The Noon Year’s Eve Precountdown Celebration will be held on Friday, December 29, 11:45am, in the Lower Commons.
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, through 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 through 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, January 4 and 18, and February 1, 11:30am–12:30pm. Be sure to take your own bag. Call for more info.
Enjoy a road trip to the Black Mountain Chocolate Factory in Winston-Salem on Thursday, February 22. Watch chocolate treats being made right before your very eyes while enjoying confections and pastries. The group will have lunch together (the cost of lunch isn’t included in the price). The $40 fee covers roundtrip transportation costs; the bus will leave from Northgate Mall (the Sears Auto Center parking lot) at 9:15am and will return at 4:30pm. Call Bridgette Robinson at 919-560-4355 for more info and to save your spot.
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, January 4 and February 1, 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 will meet on Friday, January 5, 10–11:30am. Gregg Warshaw will give a talk on Memory Problems Associated with Aging. Click here to view the January calendar.
The JCC Men’s Group will also meet on Friday, January 5, 10–11:30am. Nortin Hadler will give a talk on How to Stay Well Despite the Healthcare System.
The JCC Women’s Group will meet on Friday, January 19, 10–11:30am. Jennifer Bremer will lead a discussion on Redistricting in NC.
The JCC Men’s Group will also meet on Friday, January 19, 10–11:30am. Henry Greenside will lead a discussion about astronomy.
The JCC Women’s Group will meet on Friday, February 2, 10–11:30am. Uliana Gabara will give a talk on Growing Up Jewish in Poland and Becoming an American. Click here to view the February calendar.
The JCC Men’s Group will also meet on Friday, February 2, 10–11:30am. Robert Wechster will give a talk on the History of Jews on Baseball Cards.
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, January 9, 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.