news from DEMENTIA INCLUSIVE DURHAM, Facebook page:
The Dementia Inclusive Durham project will host the first of three West End Community Forums at the Lyon Park Recreation Center (1309 Halley St) on Saturday, July 28, 9am–noon. Residents from the West End/Lyon Park community are invited to learn about dementia, its symptoms and challenges, and also about identifying community resources that can help people with dementia and their families. The guest speakers will be Mitchell T Heflin, MD, from the Duke Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment Clinic and Goldie S Byrd, PhD, from NC A&T State’s COAACH (Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s, Aging, and Community Health). This series is made possible by the Durham Neighborhood Matching Grants for Health. Free admission; register by calling Susan Martin at 314-210-4422 or by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 has invited Gary Knutson from SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program) to give a Medicare 101 talk at the Durham Center for Senior Life (406 Rigsbee Ave, in the Lower Commons) on Thursday, July 12, 2–4pm. It’s free; call 919-688-4772 to register.
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:
A health and wellness class, African Dance with Bentu, will be offered on Tuesday, July 3, 1–2pm, in the Activity Room. It’s free; register in advance at the Front Desk.
A health and wellness class, Brain Health and Memory, will be offered on Monday, July 9, 11am–12:30pm, in the Theater. It’s free; register in advance at the Front Desk.
A health and wellness class, Stay Fit for Life: Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness, will be offered on Tuesday, July 10, 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 Wednesday, July 10, 1pm, in the Lower Commons for people celebrating July birthdays. Carolina Reserve will share in the celebration.
The Little Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, July 11, 1:30–2pm, in the Lounge.
Senior PharmAssist has invited Gary Knutson from SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program) to give a Medicare 101 talk on Thursday, July 12, 2–4pm, in the Lower Commons. Call 919-688-4772 to register.
The National Caucus and Center on Black Aging will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, July 17, 9–11am, in the Theater.
The Family Caregiver Support Group will meet on Tuesday, July 17, 4–5pm, in the Classroom.
Get some advice and point in the right direction at the Legal Aid Onsite private session on Friday, July 20, 12:30–4:30pm. No walk-ins; be sure to sign up at the front desk.
SunTrust Bank will present a Fraud Prevention 101 class on Tuesday, July 24, 11am–12:15pm, in the Theater. It’s free; register in advance at the Front Desk.
Share your ideas for activities and special events at the Senior Forum on Wednesday, July 25, 10:30am, in the Theater.
Durham County Library‘s outreach program, OASIS (Older Adult and Shut-In Service), will visit the Center on Thursday, July 26, 11–11:45am. Now you can take out (and return) library books while visiting the Center! Don’t forget your library card (or sign up if you don’t already have one).
Durham Nursing & Rehab will host a What’s the Scoop? ice cream/gelato/sorbet tasting party on Thursday, July 26, noon–1:30pm, in the Lower Commons.
The next NC Health & Human Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 10am–12:30pm and 1:30–4pm, 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.
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, July 5 and 19, and August 2, 11:30am–12:30pm. Be sure to take your own bag. Call for more info.
If you have critiques or suggestions about Mature Adult programming, go to an Open Forum and share your ideas. Walltown Park (1308 W Club Blvd, 919-560-4296) will hold its forum on Monday, July 16, 11am–noon, and Lyon Park (1309 Halley St, 919-560-4288) will hold its on Tuesday, July 17, 11:30am–12:30pm.
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 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 for more info.
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, July 6, 10–11:30am. The group will enjoy a Shishi Israeli Shabbat Potluck with Moishe House Triangle. The JCC Men’s Group will meet on Friday, July 6, 10–11:30am with a special Getting to Know You program. Call 919-354-4936 for more info.
The JCC Women’s and Men’s Groups will hold a joint meeting on Friday, August 6, 10–11:30am. Daniel Knutson will give a talk on the History of Immigration. Call 919-354-4936 or click here to see the July 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, July 10, 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.