Durham Center for Senior Life

The mission of Durham Center for Senior Life is to enhance the lives of older adults through education, recreation, nutrition and social services in welcoming community settings.

Durham Center for Senior Life (DCSL) is a private nonprofit agency existing for over 65 years in Durham County.  Known as the Golden Age Society from 1949-1953, DCSL was first incorporated as the Coordinating Council for Senior Citizens in 1954,  officially changing our name again to Durham Center for Senior Life.   Durham Center for Senior Life is the only agency in Durham County authorized by the Older American’s Act to provide its services.  Durham Center for Senior Life is recognized as a Center of Excellence, as designated by the state of North Carolina.

The Senior Center Programs through DCSL offer a variety of on-going programs, special events, and fun activities to individuals 55 and older who live in Durham County.  There are currently four centers, with the downtown center being our main site, where we offer a wide array of exercise and art classes, computer classes, a book club, and card groups.  We offer special events along with a health promotion educational series that help seniors with chronic disease manage their lives.  The three satellite sites also include some of the above activities as well as provide a congregate meal daily.

The Congregate Nutrition Program provides a nutritious meal to seniors age 60 and older whose health and well-being are at risk, and are isolated and want to remain independent in their homes for as long as possible. 

Transportation Services are provided to older adults who are 60 years of age and older living in Durham County and have extensive impairments in activities of daily living or instrumental activities of daily living.  The program provides transportation to and from our facilities. 

Information, Assistance and Options Counseling provides service to those needing assistance in locating service/resources for challenges including, but not limited to, food, housing, utilities, clothing, weatherization, and medical needs.  DCSL also offers Options Counseling, a person-centered, interactive and decision support process designed to help seniors who are in a transitional stage of life.

The Family Caregiver Support Program targets adult family members caring for adult family members age 60 and older and grandparents or older individuals who are a relative caregiver, age 55 and older, who are caring for relative minor children. 


Adult Day Services provides a therapeutic day care for those adults who are unable to be independent at home during the day.  The program is designed for participants to enjoy a safe and comfortable surrounding that includes activities to design their physical, cognitive, emotional, and social needs.  

For more information:  919-688-8247; www.dcslnc.org