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 invites everyone out to their Benefit Party to celebrate the end of their busiest time of the year (enrolling people in the Medicare Part D program). Enjoy light refreshments, holiday music, and win door prizes on Thursday, December 6, 6–9pm, at Morgan Imports (113 Gregson St). A percentage of all purchases will be donated to Senior PharmAssist to help them help seniors with their medication and quality-of-life needs.
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):
DCSL’s Food Drive continues. You can help people in need by placing items in the Food Pantry box in the lobby. DCSL’s Food Pantry is open weekdays (by appointment), and men and women age 60+ can choose what they need. Any donations you, your house of worship, or other group can make would be appreciated.
The Senior Walking Club meets at the Hunt St entrance at 6am and 10am on weekdays, and the group walks for an hour.
Representatives from Durham County Department of Social Services will provide onsite services—Learn about and get help with Medicaid on Tuesdays from 1 to 3pm, and DSS Adult Services on Wednesdays from 9am to 1pm.
Here are this month’s movies—all will be shown in the Theater starting at 1:30pm (call in your movie suggestions):
Members of the Duke Trauma Center and the Durham Fire Department will give fire and fall prevention tips during the Remembering When event on Wednesday, December 5, 10:30–11:30am.
Participate in the Holiday Give Back to help share the holiday season with families in need. Visit the holiday tree in the lobby and choose what you’d like to buy, and then make your purchase between Thursday, December 6 and Friday, December 14. Then deliver your unwrapped gift(s) sometime on Monday, December 17. The staff will wrap them up and deliver them to needy families. Call 919-688-8247 for more info.
Do some holiday shopping with local vendors at DCSL’s Holiday Pop Up Shop on Saturday, December 8, 9am–1pm.
This month’s Birthday Party will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 1pm, in the Lower Commons for people celebrating December birthdays.
Get ready to sing your favorite holiday carols during Kristmas Karaoke on Wednesday, December 12, 11am–noon, in the Theater.
The Care Partner Support Group will meet on Thursday, December 13, 10–11am, in the Adult Day Health center.
The National Caucus and Center on Black Aging will meet on Tuesday, December 18, 9–11am, in the Theater.
Share your ideas for activities and special events at the Senior Forum on Wednesday, December 19, 10:30am, in the Lower Commons.
Deck the Halls on Thursday, December 20, 11:30am–12:30pm, in the Lower Commons with photos with Santa, tasty desserts, and holiday performances.
Get some advice and point in the right direction at the Legal Aid Onsite private session on Friday, December 21, 12:30–4:30pm. No walk-ins; be sure to sign up at the front desk.
The Care Partner Support Group will meet on Thursday, December 27, 4–5pm, in the Adult Day Health center.
Bring in the Noon Year on Monday, December 31, 11am–12:30pm, in the Lower Commons, with fun, games, and a toast at high noon.
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 Center Events
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.
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 Thursdays, December 6 and 20 and January 3, 11:30am–12:30pm. Be sure to take your own bag. Call for more info.
Durham Parks and Recreation’s annual Senior Holiday Party will be held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel (4700 Emperor Blvd) on Tuesday, December 11, 4:30–7:30pm. Enjoy a wonderful dinner, great music, the festive atmosphere, and the opportunity to dance to old-school hits. Tickets are $15, and this event is for those age 55+; call 919-560-4355 for more info.
Next month’s Mature Adults trip will be a visit to the Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock on Friday, September 7. Enjoy a full day of fun, including a ride on the train, watching Diamond Lil’s Can-Can Revue, a country clogging jamboree, and a magic show. The group will stop on the way for breakfast and will have lunch and dinner in Blowing Rock. The cost, $82.75, will include admission, plus roundtrip bus transportation, but not the meals. Be sure to arrive at the Sears Auto parking lot in Northgate Mall (1058 W Club Blvd) by 5:45am; the bus will return around 8:30pm. Call Bridgette Robinson at 919-560-4355 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.
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 will meet on Friday, September 7, 10–11:30am, at the Levin Jewish Community Center (1937 W Cornwallis Rd). Jeniffer Bremer will give a talk on Redistricting. The JCC Men’s Group will also meet on Friday, September 7, 10–11:30am. Marc Edwards will give a talk, which will be an Introduction to Ayurved, an ancient system of medicine based in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Call 919-354-4936 or click here to see the September calendar.
The JCC Women’s Group will meet on Friday, September 21, 10–11:30am, at the Levin Jewish Community Center (1937 W Cornwallis Rd). Bruce Jentleson will give a talk on The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons from 20th-Century Statesmanship. The JCC Men’s Group will also meet on Friday, September 21, 10–11:30am. Rudi Colloredo will give a talk on Economic Anthropology. Call 919-354-4936 or click here to see the September calendar.
The JCC Women’s Group will meet on Friday, October 5, 10–11:30am, at the Levin Jewish Community Center (1937 W Cornwallis Rd). Sue Wartell will give a talk on Maintaining Balance. The JCC Men’s Group will also meet on Friday, October 5, 10–11:30am. Josh Sommer will give a talk on Chordoma: From Uncommon Diagnosis to Uncommon Progress. Call 919-354-4936 or click here to see the October 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, December 11, 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 Nasher Museum of Art (2001 Campus Dr, at Anderson St) hosts Slow Art Tours for those who want to take their time and spend from 30 to 45 minutes with each art exhibition. The next one will be held on Saturday, December 8, 11am–noon. Reservations aren’t necessary. If you have a loved-one who will have trouble walking up the stairs from the parking lot on the east side of the building, feel free to drive up to the entrance on the west side, drop him or her off, and then park in the lot.
The next meeting of the Durham Evening Alzheimer’s Family Support Group will be held on Thursday, December 13, 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, December 19, 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.