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):
Wednesday, June 12 is the first day seniors can start applying for the Fan/AC Relief Program. The Center has on hand box fans and small window air-conditioning units to those in need and who qualify. These giveaways are made possible through a partnership of the DCSL, Duke Energy, and Valassis. There’s a limited supply, so jump on this now!
Here are the rules for getting a box fan:
Here are the rules for getting an air-conditioner:
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.
Get some food preparation tips at the Cooking Matters workshop series on Monday, June 3, 11am–1pm, in the Theater. Call to register.
Heartland will host special Grief Support Group meetings this month in the Volunteer Room on Tuesdays (June 4, 11, 18, and 25), from 11am until noon.
Learn some Computer Basics, including Microsoft Office, on Wednesdays, 10am–noon, in the Computer Lab. It’s free, but please register in advance at the front desk (in person or by phone).
** The Center will be closed on Friday, June 7 for Staff Development meetings. **
Here are this month’s movies—all will be shown in the Theater starting at 1:30pm (call in your movie suggestions):
The next meeting of NC Health and Human Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will be held on Wednesday, June 5, 10am–12:30pm and 1:30–4pm, in the Classroom.
Get some food preparation tips at the Cooking Matters workshop series on Monday, June 10, 11am–1pm, in the Theater. Call to register.
This month’s Birthday Party will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 1–2pm, in the Lower Commons for people celebrating June birthdays.
A representative from Durham County Adult Protective Services will give a talk on Preventing Elder Abuse on Thursday, June 13, 11am–noon, in the Theater.
Get some food preparation tips at the Cooking Matters workshop series on Monday, June 17, 11am–1pm, in the Theater. Call to register.
The National Caucus and Center on Black Aging will meet on Tuesday, June 18, 9–11am, in the Theater.
The next 8 Keys to Thriving as You Age monthly workshop will be held on Thursday, June 20, noon–1pm, in the Classroom.
Get some food preparation tips at the Cooking Matters workshop series on Monday, June 24, 11am–1pm, in the Theater. Call to register.
Ordinarily you can get some advice and pointed in the right direction at the monthly Legal Aid Onsite private session. (No walk-ins; be sure to sign up at the front desk.) Please note that this service is taking a summer break and will return on September 13.
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 Thursdays, June 6 and 20 and July 4, 11:30am–12:30pm. Be sure to take your own bag. Call for more info.
The next Mature Adults trip will be to the NC State Farmer’s Market in Raleigh on Friday, June 14. Shop for fresh and local produce, meats, cheeses, and crafts; be ready to do a lot of walking. Lunch will be on your own—you can choose from three restaurants at the market. The cost, $6, will cover roundtrip bus transportation, but not lunch. Be sure to arrive at the old Sears Auto parking lot in Northgate Mall (1058 W Club Blvd) by 8:45am; the bus will return around 2pm. Call 919-560-4296 for more info and to ask about special needs and assistance.
The July Mature Adults trip will be to a Lake Lure Lunch Tour on Wednesday, July 17. Enjoy a covered boat tour while having a tasty box lunch and learning abut the legends and cultural history of the lake. The cost, $69, will cover roundtrip bus transportation, but not breakfast (which everyone will eat on the way to Lake Lure). Be sure to arrive at the old Sears Auto parking lot in Northgate Mall (1058 W Club Blvd) by 7:15am; the bus will return around 7:30pm. 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.
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 and Men’s Groups (for retirees) will have a joint meeting on Friday, June 7, 10:30am–noon, , at the Levin Jewish Community Center (1937 W Cornwallis Rd). Jill Madsen will give a talk on Many Faces of Israel: Stories from My Recent Travels. Click here to view more events on the June 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, June 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 next Cary and Ruth Henderson Person with Dementia and Care Partner Support Group meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 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, June 26, 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.
The next meeting of the Durham Evening Alzheimer’s Family Support Group will be held on Thursday, June 27, 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 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, May 11, 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.