COVID-19 Resources for Seniors

Activities at both Orange County senior centers were suspended on Monday, March 16, due to the risks presented by COVID-19. Since that time staff have worked to implement and modify programs and services to help support seniors throughout the crisis.

Aging Transitions, Senior Center and Volunteer Connect 55+ staff are available to meet by phone, email or “virtual” appointment. For more information or assistance, please contact the Passmore Center: 919-245-2015, Seymour Center: 919-968-2070, or the Aging Helpline at 919-968-2087.

See our new and modified programs, services and resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic below:

  1. Aging Transitions Services
  2. Senior Center Programs & Community Based Services
  3. Employment Services
  4. Volunteer Programs & Opportunities
  5. RESOURCES for Older Adults

AGING TRANSITIONS SERVICES

Aging Helpline: For more information or to register for an Aging Transitions programs, or to talk to trained staff about any aging-related issue, please call (919) 968-2087 or email Aging Services. We try to find answers to your age-related questions and link you to the services that you need. Helpline hours are 9 am – 4 pm, Mon - Fri.

Chinese Aging Helpline: Call 919-245-4275
Spanish Aging Helpline: Call 919-245-4245

CAREGIVER PROGRAMMING

OC CARES (Orange County Caregiver Awareness, Respite, Education & Support) is proud to continue offering programs for caregivers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please reach out to the Aging Helpline at 919-968-2087 or email the Aging Transitions team for more information on programs. All programs are meeting virtually, via phone or GoToMeeting.

DOWNLOAD the current Caregiver Programming flier (pdf) for program details, dates and times.

REGISTER 1 day prior to the meeting. To register, call 919-245-2015, 919-968-2070 or register online.

  • Activity Engagement Coaching: It can be challenging to find ways to keep loved ones with dementia engaged throughout the day. For caregivers connected to our various dementia support programs, we are now offering one-on-one consultations to identify enjoyable activities that are person-centered, meaningful and appropriately modified.
  • Brief Counseling Services: Our team of social workers are available to work with older adults and caregivers for brief counseling services, free of charge. We can work with you on issues including anxiety, depression, caregiver stress and loneliness. 
  • Caregiver Education Series: A monthly presentation from the Aging Transitions team and community professionals on helpful topics for caregivers.
  • Care Partner Collaborative: A social gathering for care partners and their loved ones experiencing cognitive and/or physical challenges. Creating a flexible space for sharing and connection, with all participants welcome to join in simple, enjoyable group activities according to individual ability levels. 
  • Caregiver Support Group: Virtual meeting with other caregivers to share experiences, learn new skills, and get answers to questions about dementia and other long-term disabilities. 
  •  Memory Cafe: Memory Café On the Move will be returning Summer/Fall 2021 at various outdoor locations around the county. We invite people living with memory loss and their care partners to join us for a fun, casual social outing!

For more caregiver resources: Sign up for the monthly Community News for Caregivers e-newsletter.

Durable Medical Equipment: Our occupational therapist is available should you need durable medical equipment or a consultation regarding your home safety needs.  Consults are available via phone, video conference, porch visits, and 30-minute in-home meetings.

Xenophobia

Orange County Government cares about diversity, equity and inclusion. As a community, we need to be mindful of xenophobia (dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries). Learn more about Orange County Government’s stance on Xenophobia

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Inclusion Message from Chapel Hill Police Chief: Chapel Hill is committed to being a place for everyone. We want everyone in our community, including community members of Asian descent, to know that we support them. Please share the following multilingual videos broadly within your communities.

Burmese: https://www.facebook.com/chapelhillgov/videos/594237504514033
English: https://www.facebook.com/chapelhillgov/videos/2554810641441393
Karen: https://www.facebook.com/chapelhillgov/videos/2602529020029037
Mandarin Chinese: https://www.facebook.com/chapelhillgov/videos/155948839173628
Spanish: https://www.facebook.com/chapelhillgov/videos/156319632465536