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.
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 Christmas in July Summer Food Drive is running now through Wednesday, August 15. 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):
On Wednesdays, 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:
The next NC Health & Human Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 10am–12:30pm and 1:30–4pm, in the Classroom.
Wear your school colors for School Daze and bring in some school supplies for the kids at Eastway Elementary School on Tuesday, August 7, 11am–12:30pm, in the Lower Commons.
The State Employees Credit Union presents a talk on Senior Scams on Wednesday, August 8, 11am–noon, in the Theater. It’s free; register in advance at the Front Desk.
The Little Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, August 8, 1:30–2pm, in the Lounge.
The Care Partner Support Group will meet on Thursday, August 9, 9:30–10:30am, in the Classroom.
A health and wellness class, Stay Fit for Life: Pharmacy Assistance, will be offered on Tuesday, August 14, 10–11:30am, in the Theater. It’s free; register in advance at the Front Desk.
This month’s Birthday Party will be held on Tuesday, August 14, 1pm, in the Lower Commons for people celebrating August birthdays. Carolina Reserve will share in the celebration.
Get some advice and point in the right direction at the Legal Aid Onsite private session on Friday, August 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 hold its next meeting on Tuesday, August 21, 9–11am, in the Theater.
Rose Manor will host Blood Pressure Screenings on Tuesday, August 21, 10:30–11:30am, in the Lower Commons.
Share your ideas for activities and special events at the Senior Forum on Wednesday, August 22, 10:30am, in the Theater.
The Care Partner Support Group will meet on Tuesday, August 23, 4–5pm, in the Classroom.
Enjoy a free root beer float at the Friendship Float Party on Tuesday, August 30, 11:30am–12:30pm, on the Patio.
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.
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) on Mondays, 10–11am. 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 call 919-560-4444 for more info.
Get a good workout at IR Holmes Sr/Campus Hills (2000 S Alston Ave) 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 call 919-560-4444 for more info.
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). Call for more info.
Get active with Mature Adult Open Gym Basketball on Mondays, 6–9pm, at WD Hill (1308 Fayetteville St, 919-560-4292), and Wednesdays, 5–6:45pm, at Holton (401 N Driver St, 919-354-2750). Holton also has Arts & Crafts on Tuesdays, 11am–12:30pm. They’re free; call for more info.
Drop in on the Let’s Get Together! activities—checkers, movies with popcorn, guest speakers/discussion group, and more that you can help plan—Tuesdays, 10:30–11:30am, at Lyon Park (1309 Halley St, 919-560-4288); Mondays, 10:45–11:45am. 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, August 2 and 16, and September 6, 11:30am–12:30pm. Be sure to take your own bag. Call for more info.
Learn more about the health benefits of fruits and vegetables at a session called What’s That and Why Should I Eat It? Holton (401 N Driver St, 919-354-2750) will hold a session on Thursday, July 19, 10:45–11:30am, and Lyon Park (1309 Halley St, 919-560-4288) will hold one on Tuesday, July 24, 11–11:45am. Get helpful tips and recipe ideas.
The next Mature Adults trip will be a visit to the NC Aquarium in Fort Fisher on Thursday, August 23. See loggerhead sea turtles, a rescued bald eagle; watch a SCUBA diver swim with rays and eels; and touch sea stars and horseshoe crabs. The group will stop on the way for breakfast and will stop for dinner on the way back. The cost, $45.20, 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 6:45am; the bus will return around 8pm. Call Bridgette Robinson at 919-560-4355 for more info and to ask about special needs and assistance.
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.
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 will hold a joint meeting on Friday, August 3, 10–11:30am, at the Levin Jewish Community Center (1937 W Cornwallis Rd). Daniel Knutson will give a talk on the History of Immigration. Call 919-354-4936 or click here to see the August calendar.
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 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 August 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, August 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 email@example.com, or click here for more information.