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Durham County Resources for Seniors

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.

  • Safe Driving Guide for Older Adults covers information for older adults on how to stay safe behind the wheel, how to know when it is time to stop driving and provides specific state by state licensing laws for senior drivers. As people get older the changes in vision, physical strength, mobility, and cognitive thinking can make it dangerous to get behind the wheel. As a result, the risk of being killed or injured in an automobile accident increases. Fortunately, with today’s car technologies and driving resources, older drivers can still take preventative steps to keep them driving safely for years.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.