406 Rigsbee Ave, 2nd floor, 919-688-4772, seniorpharmassist.org:
A staff member from the North Carolina Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) will explain the basics of Medicare coverage at a Medicare 101 session to be given at the Durham Center for Senior Life (406 Rigsbee Ave) on Thursday, March 22, 2–4pm. Caregivers are especially encouraged to attend. It’s free, but call 919-688-4772 to reserve your spot.
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 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):
Donna from the Durham County Library will lead a Group Computer Class: Computer Basics on Thursday, March 8, 10–11:30am, in the Computer Lab.
The Public Transportation Training Meeting: Technology and Transit, Learning to Use it workshop will be held on Friday, March 9, 10:30–11:30am, in the Theater.
This month’s Birthday Party will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 1:30pm, in the Lower Commons for people celebrating February birthdays.
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day on Friday, March 16, 11am–1pm, in the Lower Commons. Don’t forget to wear something green!
Get some advice and point in the right direction at the Legal Aid Onsite private session on Friday, March 16, 12:30–4:30pm. No walk-ins; be sure to sign up at the front desk.
The Family Caregiver Support Group will meet on Tuesday, March 20, 4–5pm, in the Classroom.
The Zakat Foundation of America will sponsor a Luncheon on Wednesday, March 21, 11:30am, in the Lower Commons.
Durham County Library‘s outreach program, OASIS (Older Adult and Shut-In Service), will visit the Center on Thursday, March 22, 11–11:45am. Don’t forget your library card (or sign up if you don’t already have one).
A staff member from the North Carolina Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) will explain the basics of Medicare coverage at a Medicare 101 session on Thursday, March 22, 2–4pm. Caregivers are especially encouraged to attend. It’s free, but call 919-688-4772 (Senior PharmAssist) to reserve your spot.
Sign up by Friday, March 2 to participate in the DCSL Top Chef competition on Thursday, March 29, 11am–1pm, in the Lower Commons. The Grand Prize package will include luxury cookware, gift cards, and more.
These are just a few special events at the Center. Pick up a full schedule at the front desk and see the full array of classes, meetings, and activities.
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, 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, 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, March 1 and 8, and April 5, 11:30am–12:30pm. Be sure to take your own bag. 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 Women’s and Men’s Groups will hold a joint meeting on Friday, March 2, 10–11:30am. Gerhard Weinberg will give a talk on Persistent Myths of WWII. Call 919-354-4936 or click here to view the March calendar.
The JCC Women’s Group will meet on Friday, March 16, 10–11:30am, at the Levin Jewish Community Center (1937 W Cornwallis Rd). Barbara Rush will give a talk on Women at the Passover Seder.
The JCC Men’s Group will also meet on Friday, March 16, 10–11:30am. André Vann will give a talk on the African-American History of Durham. Call 919-354-4936 or click here to view the March calendar.
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, March 13, 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.