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):
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.
During the Food Safety Series, experts from the Durham County Health Department will hold workshops on Wednesdays, April 3 and 17 and Monday, April 22, 11:30am–12:30pm to teach how to keep your food safe. They’re free, but please register in advance at the front desk (in person or by phone).
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, April 3, 10am–12:30pm and 1:30–4pm, in the Classroom.
The Care Partner Support Group will meet on Thursday, April 4, 9:30–10:30am.
A Cooking Matters workshop will be held on Mondays, April 8 through May 13, 11am–1pm, in the Theater. Learn about nutrition and receive free groceries. Sign up with Alicia Allen in the support-services suite.
This month’s Birthday Party will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 11am–1pm, in the Lower Commons for people celebrating April birthdays.
Get The Truth About Property Tax from representatives from the Durham County Tax Administration on Tuesday, April 9, noon–1:30pm, in the Theater.
Learn some Computer Basics on Wednesdays (this month, stating April 10, 10am–noon, in the Computer Lab. It’s free, but please register in advance at the front desk (in person or by phone).
Singing guitar duo Blumora will perform on Wednesday, April 10, 11:30am–1pm, in the Theater.
Enjoy An Evening with the Stars on Wednesday, April 10, 5–8pm, as DCSL’s volunteers are honored during this formal celebration.
The National Caucus and Center on Black Aging will meet on Tuesday, April 16, 9–11am, in the Theater.
A Pass It On: Identity Theft & Scam Prevention workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 6–7pm, in the Theater.
The Zakat Foundation will host a Lunch ’n Paint combination canvas-painting session and meal on Tuesday, April 18, 1:30–3:30pm, in the Theater). It’s free, but please register in advance at the front desk (in person or by phone).
Get some advice and point in the right direction at the Legal Aid Onsite private session on Friday, April 19, 12:30–4:30pm. No walk-ins; be sure to sign up at the front desk.
Find out where you can share your skills and help others at the Volunteer Fair on Tuesday, April 23, 10am–noon, in the Lower Commons.
A Pass It On: Identity Theft & Scam Prevention workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 6–7pm, in the Theater.
The Care Partner Support Group will meet on Thursday, April 25, 4–5pm.
A Pass It On: Identity Theft & Scam Prevention workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 6–7pm, in the Theater.
A Pass It On: Identity Theft & Scam Prevention workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 6–7pm, in the Theater.
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, April 4 and 18 and May 2, 11:30am–12:30pm. Be sure to take your own bag. Call for more info.
Enjoy a DPR Mature Adults tour of the NC Governor’s Executive Mansion Garden in Raleigh on Thursday, April 4. Stroll through the rose, flower, and vegetable gardens, followed by lunch (on your own). The cost, $6, will include admission, plus roundtrip bus transportation, but not the lunch. Be sure to arrive at the Sears Auto parking lot in Northgate Mall (1058 W Club Blvd) by 9:30am; the bus will return around 1:45pm. Call 919-560-4296 for more info and to ask about special needs and assistance.
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.
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, April 5, 10–11:30am. Jodi Magness will give a talk on More Than Just Mosaics: The Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee.
The JCC Men’s Group will also meet on Friday, April 5, 10–11:30am. Imam Abdul Waheed will give a talk on The Development of Al-Islam in America Amongst the People of Imam W Deen Mohammed.
The JCC Women’s Group will meet on Friday, April 19, 10–11:30am. Peter Cocianis will give a talk on Human Rights, the Rohingya, and the Crisis in Rakhine State in Historical Perspective.
The JCC Men’s Group will also meet on Friday, April 19, 10–11:30am. Tom Wolf will give a talk on Longterm Impact of the Holocaust on Two German-Jewish Families—Wachtel and Wolf.
The JCC Women’s and Men’s Groups will have a joint meeting on Friday, May 3, 10–11:30am. Errol Zeiger will give a talk, Cancer-Causing Chemicals in Our Environment and Our Lives: Hazard vs Risk—Waiter! There’s a Carcinogen in My Soup.
Click here to view more events on the April 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, April 9, 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 Daughters Concerned for Aging Relatives Support Group meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 24, 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, April 25, 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.