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A member of the Durham Divas & Dude senior cheerleading squad  at the Historic Durham Athletic Park in Durham NC

SeniorScope

SENIOR PHARMASSIST

406 Rigsbee Ave, 2nd floor, 919-688-4772, seniorpharmassist.org:
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Senior PharmAssist helps Durham County residents age 60+ 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, website:

Here are a few programs and activities offered by the Center; click here to see the entire schedule, which includes activities such as Belly Dancing, Line Dancing, African Drumming/Dance, and Yoga.

  • The Center is hosting a New Year’s Essentials Supply Drive all month to help seniors in need gain access to things that can make their everyday lives a little easier. If you can afford to, please make your donation(s) of any type of cleaning , hygiene, and self-care supplies and/or nonperishable food donations at the front desk. Please keep in mind that many struggling seniors are caring for their grandkids and/or elderly partners.

  • The DCSL EATS (Ease Access To food for Seniors) program is designed to help those age 55 and up stay healthy with affordable and nutritious foods:

    • Food Pantry—If you’re in need, you can get one bag of food per month

    • Commodity Supplemental Food Program—When you’re approved (based of age and income), you can pick up food at a certain time and place

    • Shop & Grab—You can “go shopping” by choosing food out in the lobby to take home (this month on Tuesday, February 7, 9am–noon). Call and register at ext 104; bring a reusable grocery bag (limit 2)

    • Kitchenless Seniors EATS—Homeless seniors can get free bags of food.

  • The Center will be screening free movies (and serving free popcorn) for Friday Matinees at 12:30pm in the Theater (documentaries are shown every morning at 9am):

    • February 3—The Starling

    • February 10Meet the Browns

    • February 17—I Used to Be Famous

    • February 24—Tucker, the Man and His Dream.

  • DCSL Connect offers free classes: 

    • Ted Talk Tuesdays (tech issues with Ted Rodgers Jr) on Tuesdays, 9:30–10:30am 

    • New World New Skills (how to use your smart phone or computer) on Wednesdays, 1–2pm

    • SuperAgers (advanced tech tips) on Wednesdays, 2:15–3pm; and

    • Tech Talk (tips for smart phone users) on Thursdays 9:30–10:30am. No registration is necessary.​

  • The Aging with Pride Support Group for members of the LGBTQ+ community will meet on Mondays from 4 to 5pm in the Classroom. Share information and identify resources; allies are welcome.

  • Express yourself at the Open Mics that will be held on Tuesdays from 11am to noon; Danny Lightheart will host the sessions where you can share your favorite poetry, songs, and/or standup comedy routines.

  • Join the weekly Lift Every Voice singalong sessions on Wednesdays from 2 to 3pm.

  • Chessmaster Joseph McQuaig will host the Chess Club every Thursday from 12:30 to 2pm.

  • Here are the special events for February:

    • Enjoy Card Making with the Durham Library on Wednesday, February 8, 9:30–10:30am; all art supplies will be provided. Call and register at ext 110. 

    • Educator and civil rights advocate Dr Charmaine McKissick-Melton will put on a Black History Month Special Presentation on Thursday, February 9, 10–11am, in the Theater. No need to register.

    • Take a Hands-Only CPR Class on Thursday, February 9, 10–11am, in the Classroom. Call and register at ext 110.

    • The next Caregiver Support Group meeting will be held on Thursday, February 9, 12:30pm, in the DCSL Classroom.

    • Find out how what the Red Cross Does During a Disaster to help the community on Tuesday, February 14, 10–11am. No need to register.

    • The Community Health Coalition will host a Wellness Clinic on Tuesday, February 14, 10am–noon. You can get your blood pressure, weight, and glucose levels checked for free.

    • Celebrate love with desserts and music during the Valentine’s Day Celebration on Friday, February 14, 1–2:30pm, in the Lower Commons. Call and register at ext 110.

    • The Durham Volunteer Network Speaker Series will feature special guests from the American Red Cross on Thursday, February 16, 12:30–1:30pm. Learn about local volunteer opportunities; cosponsored by OLLI and Americorp RSVP. Call and register at ext 110.

    • Enjoy the Early Mardi Gras Celebration in Nutrition Class with music and a special dish from New Orleans on Friday, February 17, 9:30–10:30am, in the Lower Commons. No need to register.

    • Check out the Innovation Lab Demonstration from the Durham Library and learn about their 3D printers  laser cutters, robotics, and more on Friday, February 17, 9:30–11am, in the Lower Commons. No need to register.

    • Get some legal counsel at the NCCU Elder Law Clinic on Friday, February 17, 10am–3pm, in the Lower Commons. Call and register at ext 124.

    • A special information session, Bull City Physical Therapy: Joint Replacements—Prehab, Rehab, and Long-Term Success, will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 12:30–1:30pm, in the Theater. No need to register.

    • The February Birthday Celebration will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 12:30–1:30pm. Call and register at ext 110.

    • Share your ideas and give feedback on the Center’s activities at the Monthly Member Check-in on Wednesday, February 22, 11:30am, in the Lower Commons. No need to register.
    • Erica Beauvoir from the City of Durham will give a talk, Talking Green: Natural Burials and Sustainable Land Use, on Thursday, February 23, 9–9:30am, in the 406 Café. No need to register.
    • The Black History Month Celebration, featuring music, dance, and a local spoken-word artist, will be held on Friday, February 24, 1–4pm, in the Lower Commons. No need to register.
    • Certified senior advisor Rick Messemer will share information during Ask Rick: Financial Issues for Seniors on Monday, February 27, 12:30–1:30pm, in the Theater. No need to register.

Here’s a nice Spanish/English message from the Durham Center for Senior Life.

DURHAM PARKS AND RECREATION: MATURE ADULTS 

Walltown Recreation Center, 1308 W Club Blvd, 919-560-4296 or 919-354-2710, website. The DPR Mature Adults office serves people age 55+:

  • Explore your creativity during an Arts & Crafts session at the Holton Center (401 N Driver St) on Tuesdays, 11am–12:30pm. Free admission; click here for more info and to register with Durham Parks and Recreation. (DPR activity code: 15887 for February 1–22, 15888 for March 1–29)

  • Let’s Get Together! on Tuesdays, 11am–noon, at the Lyon Park Recreation Center (1309 Halley St). Play checkers, join discussion groups, and watch movies. Free admission; click here for more info and to register with Durham Parks and Recreation. (DPR activity code: 15895 for February 1–22, 15896 for March 1–29)

  • Let’s Get Together! on Tuesdays, noon–1pm, at the Walltown Park Recreation Center (1308 W Club Blvd). Play checkers, join discussion groups, and watch movies. Free admission; click here for more info and to register with Durham Parks and Recreation. (DPR activity code: 15903 for February 1–22, 15904 for March 1–15)

  • Let’s Get Together! on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10am–noon, at the WD Hill Recreation Center (1308 Fayetteville St). Play checkers, join discussion groups, and watch movies. Free admission; click here for more info and to register with Durham Parks and Recreation. (DPR activity code: 15976 for January 10–May 23)

  • Play BINGO at the Holton Center (401 N Driver St) on Wednesdays, 10–11:30am (DPR activity code: 15016 for December); also at the IR Holmes Recreation Center (2000 S Alston Ave) on Wednesdays, 10:30–11:30am. Free admission; click here for more info and to register with Durham Parks and Recreation. (DPR activity code: 15870 for February 2–23, 15871 for March 2–30)

  • Play Bridge and make friends on Thursdays, 1–3pm, at the Edison Johnson Recreation Center (500 W Club Blvd). Free admission; click here for more info and to register with Durham Parks and Recreation. (DPR activity code: 15854 for January 6–May 26).

Click on the DPR logo to view the

January–May 2023 issue of Play More.

JEWISH FOR GOOD / THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF DURHAM–CHAPEL HILL

Levin Jewish Community Center (“the J"), 1937 W Cornwallis Rd,

919-354-4936levinjcc.org:

Here are a few upcoming events; click here to see the entire calendar:

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  • The Kol Haskalah Chanukah Party will be held on Saturday, December 10, 3–5pm. (Kol Haskalah is the Triangle’s congregation for Humanistic Judaism.)

  • Jewish For Good and Chabad at Duke & UNC Chapel Hill are cohosting the Hanukah Festival on Sunday, December 11, 2–5pm. They’ll have kids’ crafts, face painting, inflatables/bounce houses, PJ Library activities, plus the menorah lighting at 4:30pm. You can also buy Judaica goods and crafts, and goodies from the J Café.

  • Seniors with memory loss or cognitive decline can virtually visit with staff and social workers on Thursday, December 15, 10:30am–noon, for the Memory Café. Join in the conversation and take part in activities; contact Jordana Brown at jbrown@jewishforgood.org for the Zoom link.

  • The JCC Women’s Group and JCC Men’s Group (for retirees) will have a joint virtual meeting on Friday, December  16, 10:30am–noon. E Halperin will discuss “How to Help Run a Jewish University: Some Amusing, Some Poignant, and Some Serious Tales from 10 Years at New York Medical College/Touro University.”

  • The Israel Center Community Candle Lighting will take place on Sunday, December 18, 3:30–5:30pm. Enjoy a Hebrew sing-a-long, quiz, BINGO, and more. Bring your own hanukiah/menorah.

  • Celebrate Chanukah at the Streets at Southpoint Mall (6910 Fayetteville Rd) across from Barnes and Noble on Sunday, December 18, 4:30–6:30pm. They’ll have kids’ crafts, Chanukah prizes for each child, plus latkes, donuts, and more.

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