Topics: Aging Population

According to 2010 census data from the United States Census Bureau, an estimated 9.6 percent of the Orange County population is over the age of 65. 

The Orange County Department on Aging is a resource for the aging population in the area. The department offers various services to aging residents of Orange County, and it also maintains two senior centers.

The Central Orange Senior Center is located at 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough, and the Robert & Pearl Seymour Center is located at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

Young at heart come together to celebrate annual Valentine's Day for Older Adults


Elderly adults celebrated love a few days early at a Valentine’s Day party at the Carrboro Century Center on Friday afternoon.

Students battle seniors in pingpong tournament at Seymour Center


The UNC Club Table Tennis team and senior citizen table tennis players faced off in a tournament on Saturday at the Robert & Pearl Seymour Center. 

Orange County libraries partner with dementia-friendly nonprofit

There might be something slightly different about the Orange County libraries the next time you browse.

Hit and run prompts discussion of task force for senior safety

On Oct. 15, 2015, a senior pedestrian was killed in a hit and run on Homestead Road while crossing the street.

Orange County receives grant to help dementia patients like Dean Smith

On Wednesday, Linnea Smith spoke publicly for the first time since the passing of her husband, former UNC basketball coach Dean Smith.

Retired veterans celebrate with UNC's ROTC

Residents and veterans of The Cedars of Chapel Hill retirement community celebrated Veterans Day with members of UNC’s Air Force and Army ROTC units.

Silver Sneakers program discontinued at local YMCAs

The Healthways Silver Sneakers fitness program will be discontinued at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA as of January 1, 2016.

Senior citizens strut their stuff in fashion show


Eight members of the Seymour Senior Center will be strutting their stuff on the center’s stage Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Growing pains for growing older


In the next 20 years, the over-60-year-old population in Orange County is projected to increase by 83 percent, and the community is searching for solutions to accommodate this massive, quickly growing demographic.

Seniors learn a tricky business


When Carolyn Parsley attended magic class at the Central Orange Senior Center on Thursday, she took notes on her skills to show them to her grandchildren later.

Orange County hosts Wishbone Tiny Homes owners to speak to aging population

If you’re searching for simplicity at home, an innovative developer might hold the keys to your happiness — in the form of a bite-size bungalow. 

Local chapters of Meals on Wheels participate in March for Meals campaign

Three local Meals on Wheels chapters are participating in the national organization's annual March for Wheels campaign to bring attention to their cause: delivering meals to homebound senior citizens. 

Granny Pods could come to Carrboro, provide affordable option for elderly

Out the back door and over the lawn, to grandmother’s house we go — or at least, that’s the idea behind a new alternative to nursing homes.

Goat Parade raised $13K for Seymour Center from sale of decorated goats

With the help of ten fiber glass goats, the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center because a few thousand dollars richer.

Ten Thousand Villages hosts fundraiser for Seymour Center

The holiday shopping season in Chapel Hill is in full swing — and one local business is using the influx of customers to raise money for a worthy cause.

Goats sold to raise money for senior citizen programs


Orange County residents gathered at Galloway Ridge at Fearrington retirement community on Friday night to gather their goats.

Japanese delegates talk aging populations in Chapel Hill

Aging populations are presenting more challenges in developed countries like the United States — and towns like Chapel Hill might have something to learn from places like Japan, where aging has been central to policy-making in recent years.

Chapel Hill's fraud cases increase exponentially

Three weeks ago, someone stole Janice Tyler's identity and opened a PayPal credit account in her name.

Orange County awards good care for aging

For residents at an assisted living home in Chapel Hill, forgetting was a part of life — until the facility's new program helped them to remember. 

Goat sculptures to decorate Chapel Hill, Pittsboro to raise money


A herd of 10 painted “Glamour Goats” will be descending on Chapel Hill in October.

Paws4ever gives pet owners peace of mind for future


Situated on 50 acres of land equipped with a learning center, dog park, nature trail and adoption center, Paws4ever Animal Sanctuary has never been a typical animal shelter.

As the population ages, more elderly are going missing


An elderly Chapel Hill man was found Monday after being missing for three days — a scenario that is not all that uncommon in Orange County.