406 Rigsbee Ave, 2nd floor, 919-688-4772, seniorpharmassist.org:
Senior PharmAssist helps Durham County residents age 60 and up 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.
Senior PharmAssist is looking for a friendly person who would like to be a volunteer receptionist on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 2 to 4pm. Call for more information.
I news from
DURHAM CENTER FOR SENIOR LIFE,
406 Rigsbee Ave, 919-688-8247, dcslnc.org:
The Durham Center for Senior Life serves people age 55 and up. There is no charge for membership—get your card today! See DCSL’s full monthly schedule on their website or pick one up at the front desk. There’s something going on every day (these are just a few activities):
The Senior Walking Club meets at the Hunt St entrance at 6am and 10am on weekdays, and the group walks for an hour.
The next meeting of NC Health and Human Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will be held on Thursday, October 3, 9:30am–noon and 1–3pm, in the Classroom. Another meeting will be held on November 7.
A new group, Male Caregiver Support Group, will meet on Friday, October 4, 10–11:30am, in the Theater).
Here are this month’s movies—all will be shown in the Theater starting at 1:30pm (call in your movie suggestions):
Sign up for Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a series of free classes designed to help caregivers reduce stress and communication issues as they look after their loved-ones. Classes will be held on Wednesdays, October 9–November 13, from 2 to 4pm in the Classroom. Register by Friday, October 4.
Sign up for Geri Fit, 24 structured classes designed to rebuild strength lost through the aging process. Classes will be held Mondays and Thursdays, October 7–December 30, from 10:30 to 11:30am in the Activity Room. They’re free.
A free, course, Transitions Griefcare, will be offered on Mondays, October 7–28, 11am–2pm, in the Theater. Registration is not necessary.
This month’s Birthday Party will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 1–2pm, in the Lower Commons for people celebrating October birthdays.
Representatives from Durham County Department of Social Services will provide onsite services—Learn about and get help with Medicaid on Tuesday, October 8 from 1 to 3pm, and DSS Adult Services on Wednesdays from 9am to 1pm.
Health Check with the Community Health Coalition will take place on Monday, October 14, 10am–noon, in the Lower Commons. They’ll be offering free blood-pressure screenings and glucose checks.
Sign up for A Matter of Balance, a free, 8-week class designed to reduce the fear of falling. Classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays, October 21–November 13, from 10am to noon in the Classroom. Register by Monday, October 14.
The National Caucus and Center on Black Aging will meet on Tuesday, October 15, 9–11am, in the Theater.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Wednesday, October 16, 1pm, in the Commons.
It’s Seniors vs the Durham Police on Thursday, October 17, 1–3pm, in the Lower Commons. Enjoy snacks and play cards, billiards, Wii games, and more.
You can get some advice and be pointed in the right direction at the monthly Legal Aid Onsite private session on Friday, October 18, 12:30–4:30pm. (No walk-ins; be sure to sign up at the front desk.)
Senior Citizens Day at the NC State Fair is Tuesday, October 22, 9–10:30am, at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds’ Dorton Arena (1025 Blue Ridge Rd, in Raleigh). Those who are age 65+ get free admission, a free Bojangle’s breakfast, and can enjoy the Senior Fun Festival.
The Durham County Library OASIS (Older Adult and Shut-In Service) will visit on Thursday, October 24, 11–11:45am, in the Lower Commons. Peruse the books (some of them are large-print) and check out a few.
Have a snack and fun during Octoberfest on Thursday, October 31, 11:30am–1pm, in the Lower Commons. Wear a costume and win a prize.
These are just a few special events at the Center. Pick up a full schedule at the front desk and see the full array of classes, meetings, and activities.
Please note: Parking is tight and some unauthorized people are trying to park in the DCSL lot. From now on, DCSL visitors will have to display a DCSL decal on their car windshields. Pick yours up at the front desk; it’s free.
DCSL SATELLITE SENIOR CENTERS
WD Hill (1308 Fayetteville St, 919-560-4292):
DURHAM PARKS AND RECREATION,
Mature Adults office, Walltown Recreation Center, 1308 W Club Blvd, 919-560-4296 or 919-354-2710, website. The DPR Mature Adults office serves people age 55 and up.
Several Durham Parks and Recreation sites host indoor Walking Clubs for anyone wanting to walk during the hours listed (rain or shine):
Sign up for Gospel Movement and have fun exercising to rollicking music that’s good for the soul. The program is offered at Holton (401 N Driver St) on Mondays, 10–10:45am. It’s free.
Get a good workout at IR Holmes Sr/Campus Hills (2000 S Alston Ave, 919-560-4444) on Mondays, 10–11am or at Walltown Park (1308 W Club Blvd, 919-560-4296) on Tuesdays, 11am–noon. Mature Women on Weights have free weights, exercise machines, resistance bands, BOSU balls, and more at their disposal. Learn how to design a personal exercise program and how to use the equipment. The cost is $9.
Get a good workout at IR Holmes Sr/Campus Hills (2000 S Alston Ave, 919-560-4444) on Tuesdays, 10–11am. Mature Men on Weights have free weights, exercise machines, resistance bands, BOSU balls, and more at their disposal. Learn how to design a personal exercise program and how to use the equipment. The cost is $9.
Impress your family by learning the latest moves in a Line Dancing class on Wednesdays, 9–10am at IR Holmes Sr/Campus Hills (2000 S Alston Ave, 919-560-4444). The cost is $3.
If you like card games, play some Bid Whiz at Walltown Park (1308 W Club Blvd, 919-560-4296) on Tuesdays, 4:30–8:30pm; they play Bridge on Wednesdays, 1–2:30pm. You can also play Bridge at Edison Johnson (500 W Murray Ave, 919-560-4265) on Thursdays, 12:30–3:30pm. No cost.
Get active with Mature Adult Open Gym Basketball on Mondays, 6–9pm, at WD Hill (1308 Fayetteville St, 919-560-4292), and Wednesdays, 5–6:30pm, at Holton (401 N Driver St, 919-354-2750). The cost is $3.
Drop in on the Let’s Get Together! activities—checkers, movies with popcorn, guest speakers/discussion group, and more that you can help plan—at Lyon Park (1309 Halley St, 919-560-4288) on Tuesdays, 10:30–11:30am; Holton (401 N Driver St, 919-354-2750) on Mondays 10:45–11:45am; Walltown Park (1308 W Club Blvd, 919-560-4296) on Tuesdays noon–1pm. It’s free; call for more info.
DPR and the Interfaith Food Shuttle are working together to provide free fruits and vegetables at a special Farmers Market for seniors at Holton (401 N Driver, 919-354-2750) on Thursday, August 1 and 15, and September 5, 11:30am–12:30pm. Be sure to take your own bag. Call for more info.
The August Mature Adults trip will be to the Greensboro Aquarium and Science Center on Thursday, August 8. Tour the aquarium and the Science Center, and visit the gift shop. The cost, $38.50, will cover roundtrip bus transportation and entrance fee, but not lunch (the group will eat at Darryl’s Wood-Fired Grill). Be sure to arrive at the old Sears Auto parking lot in Northgate Mall (1058 W Club Blvd) by 8:15am; the bus will return around 4:15pm. Call 919-560-4296 for more info and to ask about special needs and assistance.
These are just a few of the many activities that are designed for seniors (mature adults, age 55+), and there are so, so many more activities listed in the latest Play More magazine.
news from the
JEWISH FEDERATION OF DURHAM–CHAPEL HILL,
Levin Jewish Community Center ("the J"),
1937 W Cornwallis Rd, 919-354-4936, levinjcc.org:
The JCC Women’s Group (for retirees) will meet on Friday, September 6, 10:30am–noon, at the Levin Jewish Community Center (1937 W Cornwallis Rd). Mary Freedman will give a talk on the Jews of Jamaica.
The JCC Men’s Group (for retirees) will also meet on Friday, September 6, 10:30am–noon. Scott Randell will give an Update on Stem Cell Therapy: The Example of Lung Diseases.
The JCC Women’s Group (for retirees) will meet on Friday, September 20, 10:30am–noon, at the Levin Jewish Community Center (1937 W Cornwallis Rd). Eric Meyers will give a talk on The Destruction of the Temple.
The JCC Men’s Group (for retirees) will also meet on Friday, September 20, 10:30am–noon. Barry Friedlander will give talk on Jewish Sports Legends.
The JCC Women’s Group (for retirees) will meet on Friday, October 4, 10:30am–noon, at the Levin Jewish Community Center (1937 W Cornwallis Rd). Omari Davis will give a talk on IT 101.
The JCC Men’s Group (for retirees) will also meet on Friday, October 4, 10:30am–noon. Wesley McMahon will give a talk on North Carolina Against Gun Violence.
Click here to view more events on the current calendar.
Wednesday is Senior Game Day at Southwest Regional Library (3605 Shannon Rd, 919-560-8590), where folks age 55+ can play games like Rumnikub, Chess, Scrabble, and games that people (including you!) bring in. Arrive at 1pm, ready to play. It’s free; call for more info.
The Resource Center for Women & Ministry in the South holds a monthly meeting, The Art of Conscious Aging, for “women of a certain age” at 1202 Watts St. The next one will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 11:30am–2pm, at the Colony Hills Clubhouse (3060 Colony Rd). This is an open group and there are no membership fees. Bring a bag lunch and be prepared to enjoy yourself and join in the conversation. Call 919-683-1236, write to email@example.com, or click here for more information.
The next Cary and Ruth Henderson Person with Dementia and Care Partner Support Group meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 10:30am–noon, at Grey Stone Baptist Church (2601 Hillsborough Rd), followed by lunch at a local restaurant (lunch is optional). Call 919-660-7510 for more info.
The next meeting of the Durham Evening Alzheimer’s Family Support Group will be held on Thursday, October 24, 6:30pm, in the Duke Clinic Bldg (Medical Center Board Room, 1170B Yellow Zone, 1st floor). You can park in Parking Deck I on Trent Dr; call Janeli Smith or Cornelia Poer at 919-660-7510 for more info.
The next Daughters Concerned for Aging Relatives Support Group meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 30, noon–1:15pm, in the Duke Clinic Bldg (formerly Duke Hospital South), in Room 3512 in the Blue Zone, 3rd floor. You can park in Parking Deck I on Trent Dr; contact Bobbi G Matchar at 919-660-7510 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.