Information & Assistance
This program helps older individuals and their families obtain information about available services. Our staff helps connect older adults with local, state and national programs.
Contact the Eastern Chatham Senior Center at 919-542-4512 or the Western Chatham Senior Center at 919-742-3975.
You may also obtain information in our Caregiver Resource Guide.
SHIIP and VITA
The Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counsels Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers about Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, and long-term care insurance. The counselors offer free and unbiased information regarding Medicare health care products. Open enrollment is October 15-December 7 every year. Call Susan Hardy for general information.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. January through April only.
We assist older adults in maintaining their independence by providing sub-contracted, State-certified nursing assistants to assist with personal care, perform in-home tasks and meal preparation.
Meals on Wheels
Volunteers provide a brief visit and a hot meal for home-bound older adults who are unable to attend congregate meals at one of our senior centers.
Frozen Meals are also available in certain situations. If someone doesn't live on one of our regular meal routes, family members may come by the designated Senior Center to pick up frozen meals.
Shelf-stable meals are provided (when available) when there in an emergency situation or weather disaster.
Assistive Equipment Loan Program
We provide assistive devices, such as canes, walkers, wheelchairs, shower transfer benches, bedside commodes and hospital beds. The Council gladly accepts donations of equipment.
Recommended times to pick up and drop-off equipment are Monday through Wednesday 8-3pm. Call 919-542-4512 ext 232 to leave a message.
Minor Home Repair
We install assistive devices, such as grab bars and make minor home repairs including repair of steps and constructing railings.
Emergency Meals and Incontinence Supplies
We have a food pantry of canned and non-perishable food. We also can supply adult incontinence supplies when available.We gladly take donations for both programs.
Senior Center Meals
A nutritious noontime meal and community fellowship is provided daily, Monday through Friday, at both Senior Centers. You may sign up to join us for lunch for an optional donation or $5.50 for guests.Call a day ahead to let us know if you are coming.
Click Here to see the full list of activities offered at our Senior Centers. A variety of programs and activities are offered, such as health screenings, games, nutrition education, and art classes.
Establish a regular exercise routine with low impact aerobics, Tai Chi, Yoga, and chair aerobics classes. Senior Centers house equipment including weight stations, treadmills, free weights and stationary bicycles. Membership is available to the general public aged 55 and older.
Health Education & Disease Management
Nutrition education, health screenings, healthy lifestyles and diabetes support are some examples of the education and disease support programs offered at the Centers. Please check the calendar for the specific support groups (Diabetes, Parkinson's, Caregivers) and their meeting times.
This program provides respite and support for 24-hour caregivers. Our caregiver support group meets the third Monday of each month at 6:00pm at the Eastern Senior Center in Pittsboro.
Music and Memory
Music and Memory is a national program where elders listen to personalized music playlists, created with input from themselves as well as family, friends and staff. These playlists are loaded onto iPods so elders can connect with the music they love, with the goal of improving their overall health and well-being. We also accept donations of new and used iPods, iPads and iTouch's, iTunes Gift cards and new headphones for this program. Watch this amazing video of Henry.
Companion sitters typically work for sick or elderly clients who need custodial supervision and possibly care in the home. They provide many services, such as cleaning and meal preparation, that the client can no longer perform herself/himself. Some who are appropriately certified can also provide personal care. In offering this list of private sitters, the Chatham County Council on Aging is not endorsing any of these individuals, nor guaranteeing the quality of their services, nor overseeing their work. These individuals are not employees of the Council on Aging nor are they acting on behalf of the Council. We offer this list merely as information on persons who have indicated that they are available for employment in the home caring for older adults. Before listing an individual, the Council only requires that a State criminal background check has been completed and indicated no prior criminal record.
If you are looking for a local caregiver to provide assistance and caregiver relief, please take a look at our Sitters List.
The Council on Aging provides transportation to and our from Senior Centers for congregate lunches, activities and grocery shopping. We also have a Medical Transportation program where we can provide rides to and from medical appointments for a reduced fare. Click here for the medical transportation guidelines. Or call 919-542-4512 ext.222 to speak with our medical transportation receptionist.
Our Siler City Senior Center has a great commercial kitchen and makes famous chicken salad, pies, cakes, cobblers and a host of entrees. Let us do the cooking for your next gathering. You can claim the credit, we won't tell. Call 919-742-3975 and ask for the kitchen.
May is Older Amercians Month, this year's theme is "Age Out Loud"
Vulnerable Adult and Elder Abuse Awareness: May 14-June18: See proclamation here!
Now hiring for Senior Fitness Specialist to teach older adults daily exercise classes in Siler City. Application on home page and job description, click here.