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Durham County Resources for Seniors

Durham County Resources for Seniors

last updated June 5, 2020

Please visit this link for a full and updated list of community resources available in Durham County for seniors. We have listed several organizations from this database that specifically focus on serving the senior population below.

  • Senior PharmAssist offers at no charge, a SHIIP (Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program)-trained Medicare counselor to provide one-on-one Medicare counseling. Senior PharmAssist is the designated SHIIP Coordinating site for Durham County.

***During COVID: The physical office is closed, but counselors are conducting virtual appointments on M-F, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

  • Durham Center for Senior Life runs four senior centers, including the downtown Durham Center for Senior Life. The DCSL offers a wide array of programs and services for older adults. Services include congregate meals, transportation, adult education, exercise classes, socialization, health promotion, caregiver support services, information referrals, and case assistance. In addition, the DCSL operates the only Adult Day Health Center in Durham.

***During COVID-19: Frozen meal pickup is available for seniors 60+ on Mondays; Food and hygiene items are available for curbside pick up. The Center is also offering daily classes and online programming. 

  • Hope Line allows older adults to register on-line for daily reassurance calls. They also run a crisis helpline for any age for anything from suicide, death of a loved one, to coping with choosing a new career, to adjusting to life in a new community, to running away, to relationship problems, to sexual identity, to family violence, to just having a bad day. 24/7 – phone line; text services 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. 
  • Duke Dementia Family Support offers ongoing family consultation services by telephone and email to caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s and other
    types of dementia.
  • Meals on Wheels of Durham delivers a nutritious meal, a safety check, and a smile that serves as a lifeline to seniors of limited mobility as the result of age, disability, or illness. Beginning April 6th, Clients will receive a box of frozen meals for each day of the week on Mondays. MEALS ON WHEELS DURHAM WILL BE DOING ONCE A WEEK DELIVERY THROUGH THE MONTH OF MAY (6, 13, 20, 27). Weekend meal clients will also receive their weekend meals at that time. MOW can do wellness calls 3x a week.
  • Property Tax Relief for HomeownersThree major “homestead” programs. The application deadline for the homestead tax relief programs is June 1.
  • A Helping Hand provides door-to-door transportation to and from medical appointments, including but not limited to outpatient surgery, dental appointments, physical therapy appointments, chemotherapy, dialysis appointments, pharmacy trips, and prescription pickup. Available for one-time transportation or to assist with long-term needs. There are also many instances when companions will drive an older adult to the grocery store, run errands, or attend social outings.

***REDUCED SERVICE due to COVID-19: No new clients are being serviced at this time. Only existing clients may receive transportation services at this time.