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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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, which includes activities such as Belly Dancing, Line Dancing, African Drumming/Dance, and Yoga.

  • The Center is hosting an 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, November 1, 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 (November 4 and December 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 bags of food.

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

    • November 4—Yes Man

    • November 11—Despicable Me

    • November 18—The Royal Hibiscus Hotel

    • November 25—Sing 2.

  • OATS (Older Adults Technology Services) offers free Online and Computer Basics classes: Smartphone & Computer Assistance on Mondays and Wednesdays, 2–3pm; and Smartphone & Computer Basics on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30–10:45am, in the Volunteer Room. No registration 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.

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

  • Two Nutrition Today classes will be held in the Café: On Friday, November 4, 9:30am, learn about Food Safety First; and on Friday, November 18, 9:30am, watch a demonstration on how to make a quick and healthy meal.  

  • The Community Health Coalition will host a Wellness Clinic on Tuesday, November 8, 9–11am. You can get your blood pressure, weight, and glucose levels checked for free.

  • Eric Swinton, a Durham Tech occupational-therapy student, will share practical holistic tips during a Self-Care at Any Age workshop on Tuesday, November 8, 12:30–1:30pm.
  • Enjoy light refreshments and honor the lives and service of local military veterans during the Veterans Day Celebration on Thursday, November 10, 1–2:30pm. Call and ask for ext 110 to register. 
  • Two Organ Donation Services will feature Dolores Benton and Danny Lightheart and their personal stories on Monday, November 14, 12:30–1pm.
  • Instructor Marie Crock will provide the supplies for the Painting with Police art session on Wednesday, November 16, 12:30–3:30pm. Call and ask for ext 110 to register.
  • The DCSL Fall Festival will be held on Friday, November 18, 2–4pm. Celebrate autumn with tasty treats provided by local chefs. Call and ask for ext 110 to register.
  • Attorney Rick Messemer will discuss legal issues you should look out for when preparing legal documents during a Wills and Trusts workshop on Monday, November 21, 12:30–1:30pm.
  • The November Birthday Celebration will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 12:30pm. Call and ask for ext 110 to register.
  • Equitable Community Engagement’s Our Community Stories Project will feature a documentary about the Walltown community on Tuesday, November 29, 12:30–1:30pm, in the Theater.
  • The next Caregivers Support Group meeting will be held on Thursday, December 1, 12:30pm, in the DCSL Classroom. 

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).

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.