Senior Resources in Durham
Durham is frequently included on “Best Cities” lists, and no wonder! Known as the “City Of Medicine”, this historic N.C. city is a tightly knit community filled with diverse residents that enjoy a high quality of life. Durham is part of the Triangle area that includes Raleigh and Chapel Hill. Education is front and center in Durham. As home to Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina School for Science and Math and the Durham School of the Arts and Research Triangle Park, it should come as no surprise that the city is filled with innovative, creative people! The teaching hospital, Duke University Health System, covers 210 acres, employs nearly 35,000 and is regarded as one of the best medical facilities in the nation, if not the world. Upscale shopping centers, 5-star restaurants, a revitalized downtown that’s brimming with funky shops and eateries plus cultural and recreational activities galore, make Durham a wonderful place to live, work and play-at any age!
Durham Center for Senior Life
Since 1949, this grassroots agency has worked tirelessly to achieve its mission: “Enhancing the lives of older adults through education, recreation, nutrition and social services in welcoming community settings.” Operating four senior centers, DCSL also offers a numerous programs and services for seniors. In addition to the programs themselves, there are also limitless volunteer opportunities for congregate meals, transportation, adult education, exercise classes, socialization, health promotion, caregiver support services, information referrals, and case assistance. Considering all that they do, it is no big surprise it is also designated by the State of North Carolina as a Center of Excellence. The DCSL operates the only Adult Day Health Center in Durham. Click here to visit their website and here is their Facebook page.
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A Helping Hand
This nonprofit organization has worked tirelessly to provide area senior residents with high quality, compassionate support services. With a goal of helping folks “age in place”, A Helping Hand supports an average of 350 clients each year. Since 1995, the services provided by their companion-helpers have allowed older adults the freedom and independence to continue living at home. Companions with AHH offer a full spectrum of assistance, including transportation, light housekeeping, health and hygiene, plus respite services for caregivers, including those who have loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Learn more here.
Durham County Library’s OASIS (Older Adult and Shut-In Service)
For those older adults who are offers unable to visit the library due to age, illness, or physical disability, OASIS helps. The program provides reading material and other resources to homebound individuals in nursing and rest homes, retirement communities, senior centers, and private residences. Additionally, it also has audio books, braille publications, large print books and an electric magnifier for visually impaired clients. One of the most popular items is the OASIS resource kit. Comprised of theme-based, multi-media materials, they are geared towards getting older adults to remember, think, and talk about aspects of their lives related to these themes such as school days, work, sports, etc. Each kit contains slides, cassettes, videos, music, skits, activity booklets, things to touch and smell, and a complete how-to-do-it manual. For more information about these resources and services please contact us at 919-560-0155.
This local group has volumes of helpful information for Durham County residents of all ages and a special site for seniors and retirees. For information on everything from art classes to Zumba or housing to medical care, this site can be dubbed, “one-stop shopping”.
Aging in place and other senior resources by community: