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.
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):
Help fight hunger by donating basic foodstuffs for DCSL’s Food Drive. Most needed are canned fruits and vegetables, soup, pasta, rice, crackers, instant meals, and peanut butter. Call Alicia at x103 for more info.
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.
The next meeting of NC Health and Human Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will be held on Thursday, January 2, 9:30am–noon and 1–3:30pm, in the Classroom.
The Male Caregiver Support Group will meet on Friday, January 3, 10–11:30am, in the Classroom.
Here are this month’s movies—all will be shown in the Theater starting at 1:30pm (call in your movie suggestions):
The Chili Cookout, sponsored by the Carver Living Center, will take place in the Lower Commons on Monday, January 13, 10am–noon. If you’d like to compete, sign up at the Front Desk by Monday, January 6.
This month’s Birthday Party will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 1–2pm, in the Lower Commons for people celebrating January birthdays.
The North Carolina Low-Income Energy Assistance Program makes one-time payments to help people with their heating/gas bills. Stop by Room 216 between 11am and 3pm on Wednesday, January 15 to see if you’re eligible. To apply for LIEAP, be sure to take a current ID and something official showing your name, date of birth, Social Security number, and proof of income.
You can get some advice and be pointed in the right direction at the monthly Legal Aid Onsite private session on Friday, January 17, 12:30–4:30pm. (No walk-ins; be sure to sign up at the front desk.)
The National Caucus and Center on Black Aging will meet on Tuesday, January 21, 9–11am, in the Theater.
Talk to a Project Care consultant in the Boardroom between 10am and 4pm on Tuesday, January 21 to see if your family is eligible for a Respite Services Voucher. Call 919-660-7510 and ask for Janeli or Natalie from the Duke Dementia Family Support Program if you have any questions.
The Durham Police Department will present Scam Jam on Wednesday, January 22, 10:30am–noon, in the Lower Commons. Learn all about the latest in-person, over-the-phone, and online schemes to take money from innocent victims, especially seniors.
The Durham County Library’s OASIS (Older Adult and Shut-In Service) folks will visit the Center on Thursday, January 23, 11–11:45am, in the Lower Commons. You can check out and return library books, some of which are in large type.
The next meeting of NC Health and Human Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will be held on Thursday, February 6, 9:30am–noon and 1–3:30pm, in the Classroom.
The Male Caregiver Support Group will meet on Friday, February 7, 10–11:30am, in the Classroom.
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):
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 $3. Mature Men on Weights can work out at IR Holmes/ Campus Hills (2000 S Alston Ave, 919-560-4444) on Tuesdays, 10–11am or at Holton (401 N Driver St, 919-354-2750) on Wednesdays, 9:30–10:30am. The cost is $3.
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 games, play some Bid Whiz at Walltown Park (1308 W Club Blvd, 919-560-4296) on Tuesdays, 4:30–8:30pm; they play BINGO at Holton (401 N Driver St, 919-354-2750) on Wednesdays, 10am–noon. It’s free.
Get active with Mature Adult Open Gym Basketball at WD Hill (1308 Fayetteville St, 919-560-4292) on Mondays, 6–9pm, and at Holton (401 N Driver St, 919-354-2750) on Wednesdays, 5–6:45pm. 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, and Walltown Park (1308 W Club Blvd, 919-560-4296) on Tuesdays noon–12:45pm. 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, January 2 and 16, and February 6, 11:30am–12:30pm. Be sure to take your own bag. Call for more info.
Loosen up with Arthritis Exercise: Stretch & Move Again at Walltown Park (1308 W Club Blvd) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10–10:45am.
Play Mature Adult Pickleball at WD Hill (1308 Fayetteville St, 919-560-4292) on Fridays, noon–3pm and Saturdays, 2:15–5:15pm.
The next Mature Adults trip will be The Road to Glory, a tour of UNC–Chapel Hill and Duke’s basketball museums, on Thursday, January 23. Wear your favorite shade of blue and learn more about the intense rivalry between the two teams. The cost, $6, will cover roundtrip bus transportation but not lunch (which will be at K&W in Chapel Hill). Be sure to arrive at the old Sears Auto parking lot in Northgate Mall (1058 W Club Blvd) by 9:15am; the bus will return around 2:30pm. Call Bridgette Robinson at 919-560-4355 for more info. [activity code #11468]
Next month’s Mature Adults trip will be to the International Civil Rights Museum and Center in Greensboro on Thursday, February 20. Take the guided tour and see the famous Woolworth’s lunch counter from the 1960 student sit-in. Then you can shop at the gift shop and enjoy a leisurely lunch The cost, $37.10, will cover roundtrip bus transportation and entrance fee, but not lunch. Be sure to arrive at the old Sears Auto parking lot in Northgate Mall (1058 W Club Blvd) by 8:30am; the bus will return around 3:30pm. Call Bridgette Robinson at 919-560-4355 for more info. [activity code #11469]
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:
Jewish seniors are invited to participate in the Levin Jewish Community Center’s Chaverim/Friends event on Wednesday, January 8, 11am–1pm. Hollis Gauss will lead a talk on Kabbalah, the Tradition of Jewish Mysticism. Seven dollars covers the cost for lunch. RSVP with Jordana Brown by calling 919-354-4924 or by writing to email@example.com by Monday, January 6. Click here to see more events on the JCC’s current calendar.
The JCC Women’s Group (for retirees) will meet on Friday, January 17, 10:30am–noon, at the Levin Jewish Community Center (1937 W Cornwallis Rd). Renee Rauch will give a talk on What We Watch on TV.
The JCC Men’s Group (for retirees) will also meet on Friday, January 17, 10:30am–noon. John Canzanella will give a talk on World War I.
The JCC Women’s Group and JCC Men’s Group (for retirees) will have a joint meeting on Friday, February 7, 10:30am–noon, at the Levin Jewish Community Center (1937 W Cornwallis Rd). Ed Halperin will give a talk on The Pornographic Anatomy Book: The Publication, Boycott, and Disappearance of the textbook, “The Anatomical Basis of Medical Practice.”
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, January 14, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, January 28, 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 Daughters Concerned for Aging Relatives Support Group meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 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 email@example.com for more info.
The next meeting of the Durham Evening Alzheimer’s Family Support Group will be held on Thursday, January 30, 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.