General Information
Durham Center for Senior Life senior centers
Founded in 1949 as the Golden Age Society to provide neighborhood clubs for seniors, the agency received its first Older Americans Act grant in 1966, and officially changed its name in 1968 to the Council for Senior Citizens and then again in 2010 to the Durham Center for Senior Life (DCSL). Today, the Durham Center for Senior Life, which is an independent non-profit organization, is designated by the State of North Carolina as a Center of Excellence. With 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.

Key Beliefs

Durham Center for Senior Life senior centers
  • Older adults are a growing valuable community resource and will be appreciated and respected.
  • Older adults are entitled to quality services to maintain a healthy and active life. Older adults contribute a wealth of knowledge and skills; we will engage them to share their wisdom and experience.
  • The Durham Center for Senior Life believes in treating everyone fairly, respectfully and with the highest ethical standards.

Mission and Vision

Our mission is to advance the wellbeing of adults 55+ living in and around Durham.

We envision neighborhoods where seniors can live vibrantly, and where together, we ensure that Durham is on e of the best palces to grow older.

  • Centering seniors' voices, talents, friendships, joy, peace of mind and health in everything we do.

  • Coordinating limitless opportunities for seniors to move, learn, grow, and engage.

  • Being welcoming and inclusive.

  • Connecting seniors to resources.

  • Supporting older adults' care-partners and family members.

Programs / Services

Key programs at the Durham Center for Senior Life are:

  1. Social and Senior Center Services
  2. Congregate Nutrition
  3. Adult Day Health Services.


To review DCSL’s Audited Financial Statements please call us at 919-688-8247 or contact us here. DCSL’s most recent 990 forms will be made available through our website annually.

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