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  • Senior TimesJune / July / August 2013News and Activities for Orange Countys Older Adults

    Visit us at www.orangecountync.gov/aging To join the bi-monthly listserv, email [email protected] and request to join the list.

    This is a great way to stay up-to-date on what is happening at the Centers.

    SENIOR CENTERSAging Transitions . . . . . . . . . . 3-8, 40Arts & Crafts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23-25Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31Bridge & Other Games . . . . . . 25-26Carrboro Senior Programming . 37-39Dance & Music . . . . . . . . . . . . 31-33Educational Opportunities . . . . 26-28Interest Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . 33-34

    Language Classes . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26Lunch at the Centers . . . . . . . . . . . . 8Movies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35Notes from the Director & Editor . . . 2Orange County Senior Games . . . . 39Organizations & Club Meetings . . . 34Pottery Classes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

    RSVP Volunteer Opportunities . . 12-13Senior Times NEWS . . . . . . . . . . .2-11Seymour Technology Center . . 20-22Seniors on the Road . . . . . . . . 35-37Special Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-30Support Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-23Wellness Opportunities . . . . . . . 14-19

    SPRINGCOMPUTER COURSES Register Now

    Spaces are limited See Page 20

    Fun Things in the Summer Time

    Inside or Outside Summer is always

    fun at the Senior Centers

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    Youll Want to KnowNew SHIIP Coordinator and Information and Benefi ts Specialist

    For the fi rst time in almost 3 years the Department on Aging is fully staffed. Please see the article on page 7 about Beverly Shuford the new Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) Coordinator. Her offi cial title is Information and Benefi ts Specialist. www.orangecountync.gov/aging/staff.asp

    Social Worker, Shuang Wang, MSW, has increased hours at Seymour

    Thanks to funding from a special grant, Shuang has more time to help the Asian participants - and she speaks Mandarin.

    Registration for Programs Required You should register for programs and classes

    in advance. Classes may be terminated if minimum numbers are not reached. Recently a class had 10 registered participants, but needed 20 and the instructor cancelled since there were not enough pre-registered. Yet, over 20 people showed up on the day of the event who were not registered. This meant that more than 30 people were disappointed. Please register in advance for classes and programs.

    New Direct Phone Lines at the Seymour CenterThe staffs phone numbers have changed, see

    a list on the back page for direct numbers, but the front desk, 919-968-2070, and the Aging Helpline, 919-968-2087 stayed the same.

    On-line Registration and Credit Card Payments Accepted

    On-line registration is available for some of our programs through our website, www.orangecountync.gov/aging, in addition to being able to do it in person or on the phone. Payments may be made using a credit card at either of our Senior Centers front desks or when registering on-line. You are offi cially registered once the specifi c program fees have been paid.

    Join the Senior Centers Email List To add your address to the list, e-mail Myra

    Austin at [email protected] is sent out approximately every

    two weeks.

    Senior Times is on the WebFor the current issue of Senior Times online, go

    to our web site: www.orangecountync.gov/aging. Click on the Senior Times link on the left side of the Department on Agings Home page. You will need Adobe Flashplayer 9.

    Check Out Our Senior Page in the Chapel Hill Herald Newspaper

    Just a reminder, we have a senior page in the Chapel Hill Herald on Sundays which gives information on some of the upcoming events for the upcoming month. Look for it on Sun, June 30 and July 28. N

    OTES FROM THE DIRECTOR & EDITOR

    SENIO

    R TIM

    ES NEWS As we go to print we are ending the rst year implementation of

    the 2012-17 Master Aging Plan and your Department on Aging has been a busy place this year. I would like to thank everyone, including the staff, board, volunteers and community partners who have worked to make so many of our goals a reality this year. Of the 41 strategies identi ed for the rst year, we have initiated 32 of them with no additional funding or staff. Some of the accomplishments include expanded work with the Asian community and caregivers; development of a new partnership between EMS for a falls prevention/intervention program; expansion of low-cost mental health counseling at the Senior Centers; creation of a long-term care learning collaborative to

    work on improving care in our long-term care facilities; received grants for 2013-14 for a peer-to-peer caregiver project speci cally serving the Asian community

    and the Senior Transportation Expansion, Access and Mobility Management (STEAMM) project; and many others. We will be putting a full report of our Year One Implementation on our website www.orangecountync.gov/aging later in the summer.

    Recently I attended the celebration for the 2012-13 UNC School of Public Health Capstone Team projects. I happen to think that we had the best team! Many thanks to Melissa Black, Jennifer Frank, Chelsea Kolander, Deanna LaMotte and Andy Weinhold for their outstanding work this year. The of cial name of their project was Developing Improved and Expanded Communication Networks and Information Dissemination Methods for Health Promotion Among Older Adults in Orange County. Thanks to them we have a roadmap of how to better communicate with you, including an improved website, the use of social media and, of course, the use of print media, which many persons in our community still prefer as a way to get information. You will also see the results of their work as we expand our wellness programming in the coming months. We are excited that we have again been selected to receive a Capstone Team for 2013-14. You will hear more about their project in the next Senior Times.

    As always, I love hearing from you as we work toward making Orange County the ideal community to age well.

    Sincerely, Janice TylerDirector, Orange County Department on Aging,

    [email protected]

    As we go to print we are ending the rst year implementation of the 2012-17 Master Aging Plan and your Department on Aging has been a busy place this year. I would like to thank everyone, including the staff, board, volunteers and community partners who have worked to make so many of our goals a reality this year. Of the 41 strategies identi ed for the rst year, we have initiated 32 of them with no additional funding or staff. Some of the accomplishments include expanded work with the Asian

    work on improving care in our long-term care facilities; received grants

    FROM THE

    DIRECTOR,

    and Master Aging

    Plan Update

    Did you know that you can go to either or both senior centers Central Orange Senior Center, Hillsborough or Seymour Center, Chapel Hill to participate in any of the activities/programs? Thanks to our dedicated staff, teachers and volunteers we have lots to choose from. Did you know that we are offering the following Specials Events among many other things this summer? Art Shows, Billiards Tournament, Chinese Opera, Cooking Classes with one of our art instructors, Lemonade & Laughs, Mystery Summer Treats and a Summer Spectacular with the Retros. Look in the Senior Times to nd out which center is hosting these events, as well as others, and plan to attend.

    Also, did you know that there is a bus, the 420 or the Hill to Hill route that runs midday between the two Senior Center locations and it is FREE for adults 55 and over? The schedule can be picked up at either senior center, just ask at the front desk.

    Have you looked at the articles in the front of the Senior Times? Theres lots of helpful information, and activities too, such as: How to be Safe; National Senior Health & Fitness Day Info - Think Healthy, Eat Healthy, Get Healthy, Be Healthy; CarFit Program; Estate Planning Workshops - and these are just a few!

    Hope to see you at the Senior Centers this summer!

    Sincerely, Myra Austin, Senior Times Managing Editor Senior Centers Administrator, Orange County Department on Aging

    [email protected]

    Did you know that you can go to either or both senior centers Central Orange Senior Center, Hillsborough or Seymour Center, Chapel Hill to participate in any of the activities/programs? Thanks to our dedicated staff, teachers and volunteers we have lots to choose from. Did you know that we are offering the following Specials

    Hill route that runs midday between the two Senior Center locations

    FROM THE

    EDITOR

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    Think Healthy, Eat Healthy, Get HealthyBe Healthy

    Think Healthy, Eat Healthy, Get HealthyBe Healthy is the 2013 National Senior Health and Fitness Days theme for its annual celebration on Wed, May 29. To celebrate the 20th annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day, 100,000 older adults will participate in activities at more than 1,000 locations throughout the US. This special day is the nation's largest annual health promotion event for older adults, and has a goal to keep them healthy and fit. In Orange County, everyone is encouraged to make a special effort on Wed, May 29 to make & take some time - 10, 20