Community News for Caregivers

September 2019

National Preparedness Month 2019

Let's Get Prepared

As we begin September, it’s a good time to become prepared.  For FEMA's National Preparedness Month this means prepping for the height of hurricane season, along with other possible community emergencies.  For the National Council on Aging, September brings the first day of fall and Falls Prevention Awareness Day.  These plans will serve you well not only this autumn, but in the months and years to come.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind in planning for emergency situations:

Sign up for OC Alerts:
OC Alerts is our community’s system for sending out messages related to personal and public safety.  It works like a reverse 911 system – pushing critical information directly to your phone or computer based on a local address (or addresses) that you provide.  Sign up or update your settings in OC Alerts here.

Know your Neighbors:
Staying in touch with those who live near can be an incredibly helpful support network, regardless of the emergency (or non-emergency) situation.

  • Who among your connections is likely to have heat or water if the power is out for an extended period of time?
  • Who do you trust to stop by your home to check on the pets or pick up important documents if you have to go to the hospital quickly?
  • Which neighbors are home during the day and may notice unusual behavior of a person  you are caring for?
Prepare your Kit:
Sometimes you have to leave home unexpectedly, or sometimes you have to stay at home for longer than expected.  Having items gathered and at the ready will help to make this stressful time a more smooth process.
  • Documents – IDs, powers of attorney, insurance cards, HIPAA release, list of medications
  • Change of clothing – weather appropriate
  • Non-perishable food items, bottled water, and medications
  • See a full list of suggestions at
Prepare your Home:
We can’t prevent all emergencies, but our home can help decrease the risks we face:
  • Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors regularly.  Older adults may be eligible for assistance with this from the OC Fire Marshall.
  • Have an emergency contact system in place – an easily accessible landline, cell phone, or emergency alert button.
  • Check your home for fall risks.  Ensure you have clear walking pathways, put away cords, and ensure rugs don’t move as you step.  If you would like a personalized home safety assessment, reach out to the Aging Transitions Helpline at 919-968-2087.


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National Emergency Preparedness Month

Falls Prevention Awareness Day


Dementia Friendly Orange County Updates

Dementia Friendly organizations aim to be aware and accommodating of the needs of patrons with dementia or other special needs. Thank your local businesses for being a Dementia Friendly Partner or ask them to become one!

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New Program: Care Partner Collaborative

Join us as we come together weekly to co-create a space that welcomes and supports seniors experiencing cognitive and/or physical challenges.  In a relaxed setting, we’ll share conversation, have lunch, and enjoy music, movement and other activities of our own design.

This gathering, Wednesdays at the Seymour Center from 10 am to 2 pm, is part of a collaborative project that relies on the input and participation of care partners. Through their active involvement, care partners gain connection, community, comfort and confidence for their journey ahead.

Registration is required. Please contact Lisa Meinert at or 919-245-4251 to discuss eligibility details and whether this is a good fit for you and the person you are caring for.

Upcoming Events

Social Events

Memory Cafe at Cup-a-Joe

Tuesday, September 3 at 2:30pm
120 W. King Street, Hillsborough
Contact Kim for more information

Memory Cafe at Bruegger's Bagels

Monday, September 9 at 2pm
1800 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
Contact Kim for more information

Memory Cafe on the Move

Duke Homestead - 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham
Thursday, September 19 at 2pm

Contact Kim for more information

Pickleball for Parkinson's

Seymour Center: Wednesdays at 2pm
See Flyer for more information

Parkinson's Players

UNC Hospitals Center for Rehabilitation Care - 1807 Fordham Blvd, Chapel Hill
Wednesdays, September 11-November 6 at 2:30pm
See Flyer for more information

Support Groups

Caregiver Support Group at Passmore

Thursdays, September 12 and 26 at 1pm
Contact Kim for more information.

Caregiver Support Group at Seymour

Fridays, September 13 and 27 at 10:30am
Contact Kim for more information.

Parkinson's Disease Caregivers Open Discussion Group

Seymour Center
Tuesday, September 3 at 12:30
Contact Jessica Shurer for more information.

Parkinson's Disease Patient Open Discussion Group

Seymour Center
Tuesday, September 3 at 12:30
Contact Jessica Shurer for more information.

Well Spouse Association Support Group for the Triangle

Seymour Center
Thursday, August 8 at 5:30pm
Contact Russ Wiener for more information.

Educational Opportunities

Life in the Presence of Parkinson's - A Conversation with Frank Church, PhD

Seymour Center - 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill
Tuesday, September 3rd at 1:30pm
See Flyer or contact Jessica Shurer for more information.

Caring Basics Series

Caregiving 101 - I'm helping care and support, now what?

Seymour Center - 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill
Monday, September 23 at 1:30pm
See Flyer  or contact Kim for more information.

What Can We Expect? - A Dementia Basics Education Series

Seymour Center - 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill
Thursdays, October 3-24 at 3:30pm
See Flyer or contact Marie for more information.

Special Events

Assistive Technology & Durable Medical Equipment Vendor Expo

NC State McKimmon Center - 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh

Thursday, September 26 at 9am
See website for more information.

Parkinson's Wellness Recovery

UNC Wellness Centers: New program each month
See Flyer for more information.

Upcoming at the Senior Centers

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The doors to the senior centers are open to anyone who wishes to participate, but below is a selection of low-stress programs that could easily be enjoyed by caregivers and those they care for.

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Please note each event’s location and call the respective senior center to register. Passmore Center: 919-245-2015            Seymour Center: 919-968-2070

The Golden Classical Performance Team is a group of selected talented musicians throughout NC.  Each student has won a plethora of awards in music and various other extracurricular activities. These students have a repertoire of music from varying time periods and styles, allowing them to bring awareness of the vastness of music to many different communities to enjoy.
Seymour Center
Sat, Sep 7 (343070-01)                                   11 am - 12 noon
You will be greeted with a bio of the artist, list of artwork in the show and a beverage and refreshments for the occasion. The artist will be available to share inspirational stories and to answer questions about the show.


Charron is a self-taught artist and physical therapist.  She started making art out of things that other people would consider junk. She loves finding discarded things and bringing them home to a new life. In her art, she mostly uses things found in an alley, on the street, in her own trash - or at a resale shop. She believes that all broken things can have a new life if given a chance. She will be joined by her creative friend and Chapel Hill Artist, Denise Laux, who uses the Broderie Perse technique of fabric collage, thread sketching, piecing, raw edge applique, and embellishment in her pieces. An opening reception will be held on Mon, Sep 9. Hostesses will be: Joy Gattis, Gabrielle Tarazzi, and Fung Little with live music by Jimmy Smith. Paintings will be on display from Mon, Sep 9 – Thu, Oct 19.

Seymour Center

Mon, Sep 9            (353003-06)                                 3 – 4 pm

 Featured artist: works by ron colville

Ron Colville is a self-taught watercolor artist.  He dabbles in other art medium such as oil, acrylic, and pencil but his favorite medium is watercolor. His style is photo realism, as well as impressionism. Join us for an opening reception and an opportunity to meet our featured artist.

Register by: Mon, Sep 3
Passmore Center

Mon, Sep 9       (253002-06)                                       3 pm

The annual Mid-Autumn Festival is a major celebration in many parts of Asia. The festival is related to the harvest activity and also known as Moon Festival. Everyone is welcome to join our 2019 celebration and check out how people celebrate the festival - and what the importance is. You’ll have fun and get to taste mooncakes, the festival food, and other drinks and refreshments. 
Seymour Center
Thu, Sep 12 (343031-06)                                   9:30-11 am
Remember the old songs! Join us as the Retros perform the musical hits you never forgot.
“Songs To Remember” will take you on a trip, in 4-part harmony, from the 1940’s (think Andrew Sisters and Bing Crosby), the 1950’s (think Frank Sinatra, Everly Bros. and your favorite “do-wop” groups), the 1960’s (from Motown to The Band to the Mamas & the Papas) and beyond (James Taylor anyone?). Come relive, or learn about, these classic periods of music.
Register by: Fri, Sep 13
Passmore Center
Fri, Sep 20                   (243068-01)                            1:30 pm
Multi-generational meet-ups are now the “in thing” and are super fun! Teen Builders is a unique social outlet created for opportunities to share, learn and develop lasting friendships between senior adults and teens.  These interactive connections not only offer a fun atmosphere, but enable each generation to learn more about each other. Take advantage of this empowering experience every 4th Monday. You’ll love it!  Min: 5/Max: 10
Register by: 1 week prior to each social
Seymour Center
Mon, Sep 23               Paint Night                   (323095-06)                5 – 7 pm
Sep 15 through Oct 15 marks National Hispanic Heritage Month. This is a time to honor and celebrate the heritage of Hispanic and Latino Americans. It also recognizes the presence and contributions of the Hispanic community at the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center. Join us on a journey through Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico through presentations, dances, cultures, and food samples.
Register by: Thu, Sep 19
Seymour Center
Thu, Sep 26                 (343048-02)                            10 - 11 am

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