2 RENSHAW ROAD DARIEN, CT 06820 203.655.2227

MONTHLY CALENDAR OF EVENTS: MAY 2022

AT HOME IN DARIEN UPDATE
True to our mission, we remain a source of assistance for seniors and their loved ones. We are providing essential transportation, grocery shopping, pick up and delivery of prescriptions, telephone contact, advice, referrals, and customized assistance as needed. We are operating Monday through Thursday, and are closed on Friday. Please call At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227 if we can be of help. We are here for you!

MEMBERSHIP CARD OFFERS
Our Membership Card Offers have been updated for the Spring, and can be found on our website by clicking here.  Every Darien senior who is 60 years of age or older is a member of At Home In Darien at no charge, and is able to take advantage of discounts from local retailers. If you do not have a membership card, please reach out to us.

HALF PRICE TAXI VOUCHERS FOR SALE
Darien seniors and people with disabilities are able to purchase taxi vouchers from At Home In Darien at half the value of the voucher for rides whenever and wherever you want to go. Call us at 203-655-2227 for more information.

AMAZONSMILE
At Home In Darien is registered with AmazonSmile. You can support us by shopping online at Amazon, and adding us as an Amazon Smile PartnerWith no fees and no extra cost to you, Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to your designated charitable organization. Click here to register for Amazonsmile – it is simple and easy to do. If you shop using the Amazon app on your device, simply follow the instructions below to select “At Home In Darien” as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app.
How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your device
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on “AmazonSmile” within Programs & Features
3. Select “At HOME IN DARIEN INC” as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app

HOLIDAY CLOSING
Our office will be closed Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day.

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
We would like to invite you to walk or ride with us in Darien’s 2022 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. Please contact us if you are interested at 203-655-2227 or email [email protected].

COVID-19 VACCINES AND BOOSTER SHOTS
COVID breakthrough cases are occurring with increasing frequency in those who have been fully vaccinated, indicating a declining effectiveness of vaccine protection over time. Please click here for locations where vaccines and booster shots are being offered. Appointments can be scheduled on-line through VAMS. There is no fee for COVID vaccines. Information about the vaccine is available on the Town website: visit www.darienct.gov, and click on the link on the top red banner. Call At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227 if you need a ride to a vaccination.

THE FOLLOWING EVENTS, DATES, AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
PLEASE CONFIRM WITH THE ORGANIZATION PRIOR TO THE EVENT

MODERN DAY CHINA SERIES PRESENTED BY JANES LEVEY
Monday, May 2nd, May 9th, May 16th, and May 23rd from 12:30pm to 2:00pm. To reserve a spot Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.  
Deng Xiao Ping served as the paramount leader of the People’s Republic of China from December 1978 to November 1989. He rebuked communism and embraced free enterprise. China’s economic rise has been nothing less than spectacular, lifting over a billion people out of poverty to rival the US today as a superpower. During this time, American leadership believed China’s economic success would lead to an open and liberal domestic policy. Nothing could be further from the truth. This course will present a comprehensive view of China’s quest to redefine the world order in the 21st century and offer a blueprint for US foreign policy to offset China’s threat. James Levey is a former partner at American China Mercantile and Senior Manager at IBM and Amdocs. He holds a Masters in China Studies from the Asian Institute, St. John’s University, New York and has travelled to China extensively on business.

CRAFT CORNER: SPRING CATAPILLAR MAGNETS
Monday, May 2nd, 1:00pm. To reserve a spot, please call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. 
This craft project will have you making adorable, functional magnets and enjoying the company of fellow Senior Program Members. Space is limited. A $5.00 donation is greatly appreciated.

EXTRAORDINARY FILMS & EXCELLENT DIRECTORS: YOU’VE GOT MAIL
Monday, May 2nd, 3:30 pm, Darien Library Community Room. To register, visit: https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/5755
Extraordinary Films & Excellent Directors is a film series that will explore phenomenal films and their creators. After viewing each film, you’re invited to talk with film lecturer, Richard Frostig.

PLEASURE THROUGH PLANTS GRAB-N-GO KIT
Tuesday, May 3rd, 10:30am pick-up. To reserve a kit, please call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. 
The Garden Club of Darien provides beautiful Pleasure through Plants Grab-N-Go Kits. Each kit will contain all the materials you need to create your one of a kind project. Kits are limited and Darien Members receive priority.

VNH OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING  
Tuesday, May 3rd, 11:00am to 12:00pm and Thursday, May 19th, 12:30pm to 1:30pm. To reserve a spot please call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. 
The Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County, a member of Waveny Lifecare Network, (VNH) will provide monthly blood pressure and health screenings by a registered nurse.

VNH PRESENTS: DEMENTIA, WHAT’S NORMAL, WHAT’S NOT
Wednesday, May 4th, 12:30pm. To reserve a spot please call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.  
Christine Burns, RN, will present this important topic. She will help you understand normal age-related changes and how to recognize when there is need for concern.

EPIC TOMATOES FROM YOUR GARDEN WITH CRAIG LEHOULLIER
Wednesday, May 4th, 7:00pm, over Zoom. To register, visit: https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/5592
Craig LeHoullier, bestselling author and tomato adviser for Seed Savers Exchange, will present everything a garden enthusiast needs to know about growing tomatoes — from sowing seeds and planting to cultivating and collecting seeds at the end of the season. He will also talk about various pests and diseases of tomatoes and explain how best to avoid them.

ACRYLIC PAINTING WITH SOPHIE
Thursday, May 5th, 10:30am. To reserve a spot please call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
Come have some fun being creative – no experience needed to join. Sophie Slater, Art Therapist Sheraton Homecare, will provide step-by-step instructions and you will leave with your own masterpiece. All materials supplied. A $5.00 donation is suggested. Space is limited.

DEMENTIA EDUCATION SERIES
Thursday, May 5th, 11:00am: Dementia 360
Thursday, May 19th at 11:00am or 7:00pm: Non-Pharmacological Dementia Interventions
To register for these virtual events visit https://www.bridgesbyepochmemorycare.com/webinar/

Alicia Seaver, Certified Memory Impairment Specialist with Bridges, facilitates a dementia education and caregiver support group. She is available at the end of the dementia education sessions to answer questions.

CELEBRATING LOCAL ARTISTS: JAMES ROCKWOOD
Thursday, May 5th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at Atria, 50 Ledge Rd., Darien. Call 203-662-1090 to register.
This art show opening and wine reception will showcase the work of James Rockwood. The show will be on display at Atria Darien throughout May.

AUTHOR IVAN MAISEL: I KEEP TRYING TO CATCH HIS EYE
Monday, May 9th, 7:00 pm, Darien Library Community Room. To register, visit: https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/5725
Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore welcome Ivan Maisel, author of I Keep Trying to Catch His Eye. In this deeply emotional memoir, a longtime ESPN writer reflects on the suicide of his son Max and delves into how their complicated relationship led him to see grief as love. Ivan Maisel will be in conversation with Dr. Michael Groat, Chief Clinical Officer of Silver Hill Hospital and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Yale Department of Psychiatry.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
Monday, May 9th, 7:00pm and Tuesday, May 24th at 11:00am. To register for these virtual events visit https://www.bridgesbyepochmemorycare.com/support-group-session-1/
Caring for a loved one with dementia can be an emotional roller coaster ride – one fraught with stress, frustration, guilt and uncertainty. Join other family caregivers and dementia care professionals who understand your challenges and can help make your journey a little bit easier.

SHAKER ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
Tuesday, May 10th, 7:00pm, over Zoom. To register, visit: https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/5619
Examine the Shakers’ architecture and objects to consider why one should think of more than a chair when hearing the word “Shaker.” Using Hancock Shaker Village as a case study, participants will broaden their understanding of this influential American religious group, which was committed to a communal and celibate life that emphasized — and reflected in its buildings and objects — values of equality, humility, pacifism, and perfectionism.

ART GOTTLIEB PRESENTS: WOMEN AT WORK – WW II
Tuesday, May 10th, 12:30pm. To reserve a spot please call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. 
This program will review the vast range of women’s roles during WW II. Whether in the theatre of battle, the manufacture of weapons and materials, testing weapons and transporting them, the farmstead or the home front, women had been an essential element in America’s eventual victory over Axis and Imperial Japanese forces.

REMINISCE WITH ROSIE
Wednesday, May 11th, 10:30am. To reserve a spot please call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. 
For those of you who do not know, Rosie is a favorite pet visitor to DSP. She brings Geri Genovese along and together, they offer wonderful reminiscing topics. There are so many benefits of interaction with pets – mental, emotional, and even physical.

TOUR THE WADSWORTH ATHENEUM MUSEUM OF ART: IMPRESSIONISTS
Wednesday, May 11th, 1:00pm. To register for this virtual event visit www.AARP.org/CTEvents
Experience art history via the oldest public art museum in the U.S.

DOWNSIZED GOURMET
Monday, May 16th, 3:00pm. To register and receive the Zoom link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
Susan and Paul Doyle of Oasis Senior Advisors are back for May. Throw open the cabinets and refrigerator, pull up a chair, and watch them work their magic creating and cooking with things you have at home. Learn how to solve the problem of how to enjoy cooking on a smaller scale by preparing easy and tasty treats from the comfort of your own home.

EXTRAORDINARY FILMS & EXCELLENT DIRECTORS: NEWS OF THE WORLD
Monday, May 16th, 3:30pm, Darien Library Community Room. To Register, visit: https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/5756
Extraordinary Films & Excellent Directors is a film series that will explore phenomenal films and their creators. After viewing each film, you’re invited to talk with film lecturer, Richard Frostig.

MONTHLY MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION FOR STRESS MANAGEMENT AND EVERYDAY LIVING
Tuesday, May 17th, 11:00am. To reserve a spot please call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
Darien’s Monica Keady, registered Yoga Teacher, will apply the principles and practices of yogic meditation, Western Psychology, Buddhist teachings, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. This class is for everyone — no prior experience needed.

MONTHLY BOOK CLUB KICK OFF MEETING
Tuesday, May 17th, 1:00pm.  To reserve a spot please call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. 
Calling all Book Worms! Darien Senior Programs is starting a monthly book group. If you are interested in participating, please attend this meeting which will be facilitated by volunteer Mary Ryan. Books are a wonderful way to explore the world around us and share the lives of folks we may never meet.

THE MAGIC OF FRED ASTAIRE
Tuesday, May 17th, 7:00pm, over Zoom. To register, visit: https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/5752
This talk will survey the sweep of Astaire’s remarkable career, looking at his work both as a soloist and as the most romantic dance partner in Hollywood history.

STAMFORD HOSPITAL PRESENTS: GERIATRIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE INTIATIVE
Wednesday, May 18th, 12:30pm. To reserve a spot please call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. 
Physicians and nurses from Stamford Hospital’s Geriatric Emergency Department will discuss the unique resources available to senior patients who present to the ER. These medical professionals will describe how senior patients are assessed for services that would assist keeping them independent in the community, and how these services are accessed. There will be time for Q&A.

JUMP INTO SPRING WITH THE MUSIC OF STEVE AVITABLE
Friday, May 20th, 12:30pm. To reserve a spot please call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.   
Whether it’s the keyboard, guitar or vocals, Steve will have you tapping and signing along to your favorite songs.

AUDIOLOGY CONCIERGE: HEARING CLINIC 
Monday, May 23rd, 11:00am.  To reserve a spot please call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. 
Audiology Concierge will provide a free 30-minute appointment.  Appointments will be available for hearing tests, hearing aid cleaning and repair, and listening demonstrations.

COFFEE WITH A COP  
Tuesday, May 24th, 9:30am. To reserve a spot please call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. 
Coffee with a Cop is on a mission to improve trust and build relationships – one cup of coffee at a time. Sargent Daniel Skoumbros of the Darien Police Department will discuss the issues that are important to you and your community. No agenda or speeches, just a chance to get to know the police officers that work in your community.

FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA: A MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE WITH JIM CLARK ENTERTAINMENT
Tuesday, May 24th, 12:30pm. To reserve a spot please call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
Jim Clark will make his debut at Darien Senior Programs this month, and will take participants on a musical journey across America. Clark is a world-class saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist. He studied jazz with Warne Marsh, composition and theory at The Juilliard School of Music, and is an Associate Fellow at Yale University Davenport College.

BUILD A BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY GARDEN WITH MICHELE SORENSEN
Tuesday, May 24th, 7:00 pm, Darien Library Conference Room. To register, visit: https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/5671
Join UCONN Advanced Master Gardener Michele Sorensen as she introduces over a dozen butterfly species photographed locally. Learn how she attracts and keeps butterflies in all their life cycles, including egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa (chrysalis), and adult, and how she maximizes butterfly visits from spring through fall by planting masses of flowers in their favorite colors.

MARK ALBERTSON PRESENTS: ENLIGHTENED AUTHORITARIANS 
Wednesday, May 25th, 12:30pm.  To reserve a spot please call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. 
The Founders attempted to put together a form of government that would last, but they did not trust the Common Man to run a country. They could not keep the Common Man out of government, so they had to strike a balance and knew Democracy would not work. But what would work? This presentation will focus on the Founders as Enlightened Authoritarians including Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Ben Franklin, and James Madison.

MUSIC AND HISTORY SERIES: BEATLES AND AMERCIAN SOCIETY
Wednesday, May 25th, 1:00pm. To register for this virtual event visit www.aarp.org/CTEvents
Travel through time and reflect on the people who shaped our communities, across generations, through music. Professor Stephen Armstrong of CT’s first age-friendly University, Central Connecticut State University, will transport you through the decades in this 6-part series taking place Wednesdays from May 25 – July 13, 2022. He will provide a look at how music impacted how we lived, mirroring our response to the times.

ICON LEGENDS
Thursday, May 26th, 11:00am.  To reserve a spot please call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. 
If you enjoy trivia, learning and reminiscing, this is your lucky day. In this fun and engaging, interactive program you will “Build Your Own History Book”.  This program will be facilitated by founder and creator David Plaue of Sticker Book Publishing, Newtown, CT and sponsored by Right at Home of Darien.  There is no charge for this class and you will leave with your own book.

CAREGIVERS EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, May 26th, 1:00pm. To register and receive the Zoom link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
Led by Beth Paris, Gerontologist and Director of Darien Senior Programs, this group is open to anyone who cares for a family member or a friend with needs, especially related to cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer’s, Type II Diabetes, and Dementia. This group will explore your concerns in a supportive and safe environment. Beth has over 30 years of experience helping caregivers navigate caregiving.

FAMOUS MEMORIALS & MONUMENTS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES
Thursday, May 26th, 7:00pm, over Zoom; To register, visit: https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/5754
Take a virtual road trip throughout the United States and visit iconic memorials and monuments. War memorials honor a time when men and women made the ultimate sacrifice, risking their lives for their love for the country. These sites appeal to family members and friends who wish to commemorate their loved ones’ service, as well as to those who want to pay their respects to the fallen. Explore the artistic aspects of these larger-than-life landmarks. Some of the memorials include The Vietnam memorial, USS Arizona, Korean War Veteran’s memorial, 9/11 memorial.

STORIES FROM THE ATTIC: POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE OF TIME 
Tuesday, May 31st, 12:30pm. To reserve a spot please call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. 
Greg, the Urban Archeologist, will share his amazing stories of the things he has uncovered. This time it’s Travel and Tourism; people, places and how they got from here to there. Greg will share his collection of postcards, maps, brochures, vintage photo albums and the story of a flight attendant and the man she married….behind bars and much more.

At Home In Darien
2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT  06820
Tel:  203.655.2227  Fax: 1.866.224.4210
www.athomeindarien.org
Connecting Seniors to Community