The Town of Cary serves its seniors by providing access to services specifically designed for them, opportunities for involvement and volunteerism and connecting older citizens with resources provided by other government agencies and nonprofit organizations.
Town of Cary Programs and Services
Come join new and old friends for classes, recreation activities and events for citizens ages 55 and older, including fitness, art, technology and volunteer opportunities. Located within Bond Park, the center is the place to be for a variety of programs you're sure to enjoy. Check the Creating Active Retirement Years senior program guide for times and locations.
Seniors have two options for public transportation in and around Cary: door-to-door services and fixed-route services. Cary citizens who are 60 and older or who have a medical disability are eligible to register for door-to-door transit, a shared ride service that picks up riders and takes them to a specific destination. Seniors may also choose to ride one of six fixed routes at discounted rates. GoCary connects to GoTriangle, which provide transportation options around the Triangle.
Trash Collection Assistance
Need assistance with trash collection? Cary citizens who are physically unable to bring their garbage roll out cart to the curb may request assistance from the Town. A curbside assistance request form filled out by a physician is required, and each situation is individually evaluated.
Prescription Drug Disposal Drop Box
Seniors who need to dispose of expired or unused pills can safely dispose of these unwanted medications, no question asked. The drop box is located within the Cary Police Department lobby at 120 Wilkinson Ave. and is accessible from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. No liquids, radioactive materials, batteries or needles can be accepted at this time. Pill take-back events known as Operation Medicine Drop are also offered twice a year.
Housing Rehabilitation Program
The Cary Housing Rehabilitation Program provides federal funds to assist citizens with home repairs and improvements. Qualification for this program is income based and applications are reviewed on a first come, first served basis.
Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP allows citizens to inform Town of Cary emergency responders ahead of time about critical information they may need to help you in the event of an emergency. Is there a code for a door, or a key hidden somewhere on your property? Is there important medical information our dispatchers need to know when they send someone to your home? Filling out and returning the SNAP form will put this information in our emergency dispatch system, so police, fire, and medical responders will have the details of your living situation before they arrive at your residence.
Senior Housing in Cary
Two types of affordable housing are available for seniors in Cary – subsidized and tax credit properties. In each case, the property developers receive funding assistance to construct the apartments in exchange for agreeing to rent the units at affordable rates. There is an income limit for seniors desiring to live in these units.
Town Opportunities for Involvement and Volunteerism
CERT - Community Emergency Response Team
The Cary Fire Department offers free training designed to enable citizens to care for themselves and their neighbors during the first three days following a disaster event.
Citizens Police Academy
The Cary Police Department offers a free 12-week course that allows citizens to become familiar with the operations of the department, including patrol, communications, traffic, animal control, records, recruitment of new officers and crime prevention.
School of Government
The Cary School of Government provides citizens with a behind-the-scenes look at Town government. Participants get the opportunity to learn how municipal government functions and the decision-making process.
Boards and Commissions
The Cary Town Council appoints citizens to seven volunteer boards that make recommendations to the Council on a variety of topics, including environmental issues, recreational activities, communications and technology, land use practices and more.
See the Town of Cary's Volunteer Web page for all Town opportunities for seniors to get involved!
Links to Senior Programs and Services Provided by External Agencies
- Resources for Seniors
- SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program)
- Total Life Center
- Wake County Senior & Adult Services
- Chatham County Council on Aging
- Wake County Sheriff Citizen Well Check Program
- AARP Tax Help
- Wake County Tax Relief Program
Operations and Program Supervisor - Seniors
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources