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, 919-688-4772seniorpharmassist.org:
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If you’re just now turning age 65, click here to watch Senior PharmAssist’s new Medicare Basics videos. Senior PharmAssist will host its regular Medicare Basics webinar on Tuesday, October 19, 1–2pm. Click here or call to sign up for this free online seminar. Have your questions at the ready.

Senior PharmAssist also 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.

Click on the button below to watch an informative video, “What’s Up with Medicare in 2021?”

DURHAM CENTER FOR SENIOR LIFE

406 Rigsbee Ave, 919-688-8247, website:

  • Now that the Center has reopened, seniors (age 55+) can call and dial x110 to join a Tour on a Monday or Friday at 10am or 12:30pm. These New Member Orientations are for those who want to participate in the programs and attend the special events. Membership is free; don’t forget your face mask.

  • Fitness Center Orientations are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 12:30–1:30pm, for those who’d like to use the fitness center equipment. Call and dial x110 to register.

  • The Center invites seniors (age 55+) who are experiencing homelessness to Kitchenless EATS for a free meal on weekdays between 10am to 2pm.

  • The Center’s Thanksgiving Food Drive will run through Friday, November 12. They’d really appreciate it if you could donate food items to help seniors in need during the holiday season. A few suggestions are stuffing mix, gravy, bread mix, canned fruits and vegetables, pie filling/pie crust, cranberry sauce, muffin or cornbread mix, canned or boxed soups, desserts, and whatever nonperishable foods you can think of. Donation boxes have been set up by the doors on the Hunt St/parking lot side. Call and dial x104 for more info.

  • The November Birthday Celebration will be held in the Lower Commons on Tuesday, November 9, 1–2pm. If your birthday is in November, come enjoy some ice cream and cake. Call and dial x104 to register (there’s a limit of 25 people).

  • From 1 to 2pm, a special commemoration Honoring Our Veterans of DCSL on Friday, November 12. Call and dial x110 to register if you’d like to attend.

  • This month’s EATS: Shop & Grab will be held on Friday, November 12, 1:30–4pm. Seniors (age 55+) are invited to bring their reusable grocery bag (limited to 2) and “shop” at the Center by picking up items they need for free. Choose from frozen items, nonperishables, produces, beverages, etc. Call 919-688-8247 and connect with Niya Carrington at x104 to register. GoDurham 4.

  • Transition Lifecare will offer a presentation, Understanding Grief and Loss: Preparing for the Holidays, on Tuesday, November 16, 2–3pm. Learn about resources and services that are available to those who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

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: 15029 for November, 15030 for December)

  • 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: 15207 for December 7 and 14)

  • 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: 15211 for December 7 and 14)

  • Play Bid Whiz and make friends on Tuesdays, 4:30–8:30pm, at the Walltown Park Recreation Center (1308 W Club Blvd). Free admission; click here for more info and to register with Durham Parks and Recreation. (DPR activity code: 15202)

  • Play BINGO at the Holton Center (401 N Driver St) on Wednesdays, 10am–noon (DPR activity code: 15016 for December); also at the IR Holmes Recreation Center (2000 S Alston Ave) on Wednesdays, 10:30–11:30am (DPR activity code: 15499). Free admission; click here for more info and to register with Durham Parks and Recreation. 

  • Play Bridge and make friends on Thursdays, 12:30–2:30pm, 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: 15469)

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:

  • The JCC Women’s Group and JCC Men’s Group (for retirees) will have a joint virtual meeting on Friday, November 5, 10:30am–noon. Howard Seltman will discuss Statistics in Current Events. Click here to join on Zoom.

  • If you’re able to help the Jewish Family Services Food Pantry distribute food and household items for people in need, please drop off your donations at the curb on Fridays from 2:45 to 3:45pm (November 5, 12, 19, 26, and December 3). Here’s what’s needed most:  Nonperishable, unexpired shelf stable food, such as canned tuna, dried pasta, tomato sauce, peanut butter, canned beans, canned vegetables, canned soup, canned fruit, paper grocery bags; also unused, packaged hygiene products, such as bar soap, toilet paper, toothpaste, and travel-size shampoos, conditioners, and body soap.

  • If you’d like to help out with the Food Pantry but don’t have the means for dropping off food and/or household items, call for the Pickup Service, where someone can pick up your donation(s) on Tuesday, November 16 between 9am and 3pm.

  • Seniors living with memory challenges are invited to attend the virtual Memory Café with their loved-one(s) on Thursday, November 18, 1–2:30pm. Socialize over snacks, join in the activities and conversation, or just combat isolation during this no-pressure get-together. Send an email to jbrown@jewishforgood.org for more info and to RSVP for this free Zoom event.

  • The JCC Women’s Group and JCC Men’s Group (for retirees) will have a joint virtual meeting on Friday, November 19, 10:30am–noon. Stan Robbey will talk about Finding Your Jewish Roots. 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, December 3, 10:30am–noon. Rabbi Daniel Greyber will lead a talk, From Casablanca to the Sahara, from the Time of King Solomon to 2021: Stories from Two Weeks in Morocco. Click here to join on Zoom.