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SeniorScope

SENIOR PHARMASSIST

406 Rigsbee Ave, 2nd floor, 919-688-4772seniorpharmassist.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.

Here’s a new article addressing some of the misunderstandings that people about Medicare. Hopefully this will answer any questions you might have. Here’s part 1: 

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… and here’s part 2:

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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.

  • The Center is introducing a new Morning Films series, showing documentaries on Mondays at 9am and westerns on Wednesdays at 9am.

  • Melissa Espinal, a social worker from the Durham County Department of Social Services, will be on hand every Thursday from 9am to 1pm for seniors who are seeking resources and support. She’ll be sitting in the 2nd-floor office next to Senior PharmAssist. 

  • Enjoy Breakfast BINGO on Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30am. Play BINGO and have a light breakfast in the 406 Café. Limited to the first 25.

  • The Center will be screening free movies (and serving free popcorn) for Friday Matinees at 12:30pm in the Theater:

    • August 5—We Are Marshall

    • August 12—The Terminal

    • August 19—Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

    • August 26—Nothing to Lose.

  • The next Caregiver Support Group meeting will be held on Thursday, August 4, 12:30pm in the DCSL Classroom. 

  • OATS (Older Adults Technology Services) offers free classes via its Senior Planet program (in the Classroom). On Mondays and Wednesdays, 2–3:15pm (starting August 22 and ending September 21), they’ll host a class, Computer Essentials: Internet and Email Basics. Call and ask for ext 110 to register (limited to the first 8 to sign up).

    • A one-time class, Finding Information Online, will be held on Tuesday, August 9, 10–11:15am. Call and ask for ext 110 to register.​

    • A one-time class, Google Workspace, will be held on Thursday, August 11, 10–11:15am. Call and ask for ext 110 to register.

    • A one-time class, Smartphones, will be held on Tuesday, August 16, 2–3:15pm. Call and ask for ext 110 to register.

  • 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 Tuesdays, August 9 and 23, 9–11am). Call and register at ext 104; bring a reusable grocery bag (limit 2)
    • Ensure Handout—Stop by DCSL’s Support Services Office on first Fridays (August 5 and September 2), 10am–noon, if you need some Ensure nutrition shakes. Preference will be given to those with a note from their doctor. (Thanks to Durham Congregations in Action (DCiA))
    • Kitchenless Seniors EATS—Homeless seniors can get free food bags.
  • Fan/AC Relief Program—On Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30am, seniors can stop by the Center and pick up a free fan. The Center has on hand box fans and small window air-conditioning units to those in need and who qualify. These giveaways are made possible through a partnership of the DCSL, Duke Energy/Progress, Dominion Energy, and Operation Fan Heat Relief. There’s a limited supply, so jump on this now!

    • Here are the rules for getting a box fan:

      • The giveaway is limited to one fan per person

      • If you got a fan last year, you’re not eligible to get one this year, and

      • You must be age 60+ and have proper ID; if you’re under age 60 and disabled, please provide proof of disability.

    • Here are the rules for getting an air-conditioner:

      • The giveaway is limited to one air-conditioner per household

      • If you got an air-conditioner last year, you’re not eligible to get one this year, and

      • You must have proper ID and a statement of need from a health provider. If you’re a renter, you must provide a letter of approval from your landlord.

      • Pickups will be on Wednesdays, 10–11:30am. Call and ask for Niya Carrington (ext 104) for more info.

  • Parent navigator Edna Vann will lead a discussion, Grandparents Raising Kids: Navigating School, on Monday, August 15, 1–2pm, in the Theater.

  • The folks from Bull City Physical Therapy will make a presentation, Stretching 101, on Tuesday, August 16, 12:30–1:30pm, in the Theater.

  • The folks from Transitions Life Care will lead a discussion about The Four Things that Matter Most on Wednesday, August 17, 2–3pm, in the Theater. Learn how to have those tough conversations with the people closest to you. Call and ask for ext 110 to get the link if you prefer to attend virtually.
  • Seniors with August Birthdays are invited to stop by the Center for a celebration on Tuesday, August 23, 12:30pm, in the Lower Commons. Call and ask for ext 110 to register.
  • DeLon Canterbury, the founder of Geriatrx, will make a presentation, Pharmacist Secrets to Healthcare Cost Savings, on Tuesday, August 23, 1–2pm, in the Theater. Call and ask for ext 110 to get the link if you prefer to attend virtually.
  • Representatives from Allstate will lead a presentation, Cyber Safety for Older Adults, on Wednesday, August 24, 3:30–4:30pm. Learn about the latest email and telephone scams, identity and password protection, and more during this interactive Zoom event. Call and ask for ext 110 to get the link.
  • The annual Senior Citizen Day Celebration will be held on Friday, August 26, 2–4pm. Celebrate with snacks, music, dancing, and karaoke, Call and ask for ext 110 to register.
  • Equitable Community Engagement’s latest documentary, Our Community Stories Project: Birchwood, will be shown in the Theater on Tuesday, August 30, 12:30–1:30pm.​
  • The next Caregiver Support Group meeting will be held on Thursday, September 1, 12:30pm in the DCSL Classroom. 

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).

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 JCC Women’s Group and JCC Men’s Group (for retirees) will have a joint virtual meeting on Friday, March 4, 10:30am–noon. Jason Torchinsky will talk about Jews in Motoring. Click here to join on Zoom.

  • The JCC Women’s Group and JCC Men’s Group (for retirees) will have a joint virtual meeting on Friday, March 18, 10:30am–noon. This will be a Getting to Know You session. Click here to join on Zoom.

  • The JCC Women’s Group and JCC Men’s Group (for retirees) will have a joint virtual meeting on Friday, April 1, 10:30am–noon. Dustin Raymer will lead a session on Movement and Aging. Click here to join on Zoom.