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.

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:

Here are a few programs and activities offered by the Center; click here to see the entire schedule.

  • 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. 

  • Durham County Library Digital Navigators will be on hand in the Lower Commons on Fridays from 9 to 11am to answer your technology questions.​

  • 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, May 3 and 17, 9am–2pm). 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 (May 6, June 3), 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))

    • Fruit & Veggie Grab Bag—Choose fresh fruits and vegetables to take home on Thursday, May 12, 10–11am. (Thanks to Duke Health)

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

  • OATS (Older Adults Technology Services) will offer free classes during its Senior Planet program. Call and register at ext 110 for each class you’d like to take; they’ll all be on certain Thursdays from 1 to 2:15pm:

    • May 5—Google Workspace Lecture

    • May 12—Smartphones Lecture

    • May 19—Google Photos Workshop

    • May 26—Shopping on Amazon Workshop.

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

    • May 6—A Dog’s Way Home

    • May 13—Awakenings

    • May 20—Night at the Museum

    • May 27Annie (1982).

  • El Club de Oro (The Gold Club) will meet on Wednesdays (Miércoles) May 4 and 18, 1–3pm, and will offer socialización con charlas y talleres (talks and workshops for Spanish-speaking seniors). Call and register at ext 124.

  • 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.

  • Wear your fanciest hat and enjoy tea and treats at the Hats and Tea Mother’s Day Celebration on Friday, May 6, 3–4pm. Learn the art of paper folding. Call and register at ext 110.

  • Staff from the Duke Cancer Institute’s Duke Live for Life program will host a Prostate Cancer Screening and Patient Navigation in Cancer Care on Tuesday, May 10, 12:30–1:30pm.

  • Take home fresh produce from the special DCSL Fruit & Veggie Grab Bag on Thursday, May 12, 10–11am (while supplies last).

  • Watch a screening of the Equitable Community Engagement’s Our Community Stories: Braggtown on Thursday, May 19, 12:30–1:30pm.

  • DCSL’s 2022 conference, AGE MY WAY: Educating and Empowering Caregivers and the Community Around Dementia, will be held on Saturday, May 21, 9am–3:30pm. Topics covered on the Caregiver Track will include caregiver skills, financial planning, navigating resources, and legal authority. The Community Track will cover brain health and dementia, medications, the Brain Health Registry, and more. The speakers are as follows:

    • Willetha Barnette, cofounder/ceo of the Institute for Family Caregiving​

    • Henry Edmonds, program coordinator of the Duke-UNC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

    • Eleanor McConnell, associate professor at the Duke University School of Nursing

    • Milta Oyola Little, associate professor of Geriatric Medicine at Duke University

    • Noah Penny, Durham Center for Senior Life’s health promotions & dementia director

    • Guy G Potter, associate professor at Duke University’s Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.

        Tickets are $15; lunch will be included and free respite care will be              provided. Click here for more info and to register.

  • The Spring Pop-up Farmers Market will be held on Thursday, May 26, 10am–1pm. You’ll be shopping with Red’s Quality Acre Farm and Faithfull Farms. This event will be held outdoors, but if it rains, everything will be moved to the Upstairs Exercise Room.

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.