2 RENSHAW ROAD DARIEN, CT 06820 203.655.2227

JANUARY 2020

DECEMBER 2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ANNUAL MEETING
Did you miss the At Home In Darien Board of Directors’ Annual Meeting?  You can watch it online at Channel 79 or read the Darien Times article.

HALF PRICE TAXI VOUCHERS FOR SALE
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 At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227 for more information, or stop by our office weekdays from 9:00am to 4:00pm to purchase vouchers.

MEMBERSHIP CARD OFFERS
Membership card offers are updated for 2020 and can be found on our website at www.athomeindarien.com.  Every Darien senior 60+ is a member at no charge, so please let us know if you need a membership card.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
Our office will closed on Wednesday, January 1st for New Year’s Day and Monday, January 20th in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

NEED A RIDE TO ONE OF THESE GREAT EVENTS?
Call At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227. We offer transportation services for Darien seniors and the disabled within Darien, Stamford, Norwalk and New Canaan and service hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Please give us as much advance notice as possible to book your reservation. A voluntary contribution is appreciated. For service to other locations, at times outside of our service hours, or when you want to be accompanied to a medical appointment, ask for a Friendly Volunteer Driver.

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

#1 BEST FILM OF THE DECADE: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
Thursday, January 2nd, 2:00pm at Darien Library – Community Room, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
The decade is coming to an end and what better way to celebrate than with the best films of the decade. You voted and the results are in. The library will screen the top three films.  Your first place choice is The Grand Budapest Hotel.  The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. This film is rated R and runs 99 minutes.

COMPLIMENTARY MEMORY SCREENS
Monday, January 6th, 9:00am – 3:00pm at Maplewood at Darien, 599 Boston Post Road
Schedule a free memory screen with our Geriatrician, Dr. Susann Varano.  Call the Concierge to schedule an appointment: 203-202-9883.

WEEKLY DROP-IN DUPLICATE BRIDGE
Mondays, weekly starting January 6, 12:30pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road
Drop-in for a $13 open game, without a DCA membership requirement, to help players obtain more master points. This challenging game is held in the Garden Wing every Monday afternoon, and is directed by Tom Hunter of Come Play Bridge. Tom will be using hands from The Common Game, so hand records will be available. Games will be stratified, and Tom will also be available both before and after the game for questions and discussion. This game is held every Monday afternoon from September until May. No reservations are required. View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 ext. 10.

DCA WOMEN’S LUNCHEONS PRESENT “DARIEN WELLNESS OPPORTUNITIES”
Tuesday, January 7th, 12:15pm – 2:00pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road 
This luncheon will have three presenters. Nancy Joyce from Inner Light Wellness in Darien will share her insights and thoughts on being a young wellness entrepreneur in town. She will discuss how the practice of yoga, combined with infrared light technology (infrared saunas) can help you set yourself up for a relaxing and healthy year ahead. Both yoga and infrared saunas share a wide spectrum of wellness benefits such as decreased inflammation, improved circulation, and relief from fatigue – improving heart health.  Jeanne Bloom and Henri Helander created TO AND FROM with the intention of bringing a new, modern nail concept to Fairfield County. Their goal: to create a beautiful space that only uses clean products. The salon works with polish brands that remove at least five of the harshest chemicals in nail polish, alongside chemical-free lotions, oils, and scrubs.  Todd Wilkowski PT, OCS, SCS is a board-certified orthopedic and sports clinical specialist, a Titleist Performance Institute certified golf fitness instructor, and a Hospital for Special Surgery Credentialed Advanced Hip Clinician. Todd is the founder and CEO of Performance Physical Therapy and Wellness across New York and Connecticut and has continued to evolve the Performance business and brand.  Cost is $25 for DCA members and $40 for the public. Prepayment is required by noon on Monday, January 6th.  Men are welcome, too! Luncheon will be provided by Michael Joseph’s Catering. View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 ext. 10.

ART GOTTLIEB, LCSW: THE ROARING TWENTIES
Tuesday, January 7th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The period between the end of the Great War and the Stock market crash of 1929 was known as “The Roaring Twenties”.  Breaking free from the pre-war conventions of society, women expressed a radical new identity, featuring a youthful style and attitude reflective of the excesses of the time. Known for their boyish haircuts and inhibitions, author F. Scott Fitzgerald described the ideal flapper as “lovely, expensive, and about nineteen”. 

CT PHARMACY: FALL RISK AND MEDICATIONS 
Wednesday, January 8th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Diane Corba of CT Pharmacy will present a program on how to decrease the risk of falls due to medication. Medicines have been shown to contribute to an increased risk of falling in a number of studies. The risk may be increased by medication interaction, unwanted side effects (such as dizziness) or the desired effects of medicines such as sedation.  

DARIEN GARDEN CLUB FLOWER ARRANGING 
Wednesday, January 8th, 10:00am at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
A group of dedicated volunteers from the Garden Club leads a flower arranging class each month called “Pleasure through Plants Program.” They graciously provide all the flowers and the containers to highlight occasions or special holiday themes that month. They also offer instructions on making arrangements as well as valuable information on the flowers used at each class. Sign up required. In the event a class or program is full, Darien residents will be given 1st priority. 

ACADEMIC LECTURE SERIES ON GLOBAL ISSUES – “CHINA’S GLOBAL REACH – CHALLENGE AND CHANGE UNDER XI JINPING”
Thursdays, January 9th, 16th and 30th, Friday, January 24th at 10:00am, Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Part 1: Concentration Camps, Sinicizing Religion and China’s New Assimilationism
Presented by: James Millward, Georgetown University
Part 2:  China’s Military Going Global
Presented by: Isaac Kardon, U.S. Naval War College
Part 3: China’s Gilded Age: The Paradox of Economic Boom and Vast Corruption
Presented by: Yuen Yuen Ang, University of Michigan
Part 4: China’s Belt & Road Initiative: Paving the Way to a New Global Order?
Presented by: Neysun Mahboubi, University of Pennsylvania
Monday, February 3rd, Lecture 8:00pm, Reception 7:30pm
China – U.S. Relations
Presented by: Susan Thornton, Yale Law School

Registration for the 4-week series is available online at dariendca.org or through the DCA office. Tickets for the morning series are available until January 8, 2020, at $120/public and $90/DCA members. Tickets for the evening lecture and reception are $35/public and $30/DCA members.  Single tickets for the morning series are $30/DCA members, $40/public and will be sold at the door on a space-available basis. Prepaid tickets will be available at the door prior to the first lecture. No tickets will be mailed in advance. The DCA’s 2020 Academic Lecture Series Sponsor is Ring’s End.  For more information contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 extension 10.  

LEONARDO AT THE LOUVRE: CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF LEONARDO DA VINCI
Thursday, January 9th, 7:00pm at Darien Library – Community Room, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
2019 marks the five hundredth anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, with events commemorating the legendary artist worldwide, culminating with the major retrospective at the Louvre opening in late October and running through the end of February. In an in-depth discussion of some of his most well-known works, Page Knox will explore the unique life and creative mind of one of the most renowned geniuses of all time and guide you through the highlights of the exhibition. Informed by the major themes of the show, the lecture will place Leonardo’s paintings and drawings in context and explore how his continual investigation of the natural world brought life to his exceptional body of work.

PARKINSONS DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP
Friday, January 10th, 11:00am – 12:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road
Open to all who live with Parkinsons and their caregivers followed by a pizza lunch.  Call Ilene Sumberg, LCSW for further information, 203-662-1090.

AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE 
Tuesday, January 14th, 10:00am at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The AARP Smart Driver™ Course is the nation’s first and largest refresher course for drivers age 50 and older. It has given millions of drivers the skills and tools they need to drive safely on today’s roads, allowing them to remain independent for many years to come. In fact, 97% of those who take it change at least one driving behavior, and the best part? There are no tests to pass – just useful information to keep you safe on the road! Learn about normal age-related physical changes and how to adjust your driving to compensate. Reduce your chances of receiving a traffic violation, getting into an accident, or becoming injured.  Auto insurance companies in most states provide a multi-year discount to course graduates! Some states may have restrictions on accepting an online driver improvement course for insurance discounts. Please consult your insurance agent for more information about discounts.  Cost of the Smart Driver Course is $15.00 dollars for AARP members and $20.00 for non-members. There will be a half hour lunch break for all participants. Bag lunch can be brought or purchased for $5.00. Reservations for lunch must be made by 11:15am the day of the course.

PRESENTATION OF THE DARIEN BICENTENNIAL 
Wednesday, January 15th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
In 2020, Darien will celebrate its 200th birthday! The 2020 Bicentennial Committee, a subcommittee of the Monuments & Ceremonies Commission, is planning and organizing events and projects that celebrate Darien’s unique heritage, honor the town’s forefathers and educate the community about Darien’s history. Al Miller, Chairman of the town’s bicentennial subcommittee will be presenting a brief program on all of the wonderful activities the town has planned for this celebratory year.

BOOK TALK AND SIGNING WITH PATRICIA MARX AND ROZ CHAST
Wednesday, January 15th, 6:45pm wine reception, 7:30pm talk at Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road
The perfect Valentine’s Day or anniversary gift: An illustrated collection of love and relationship advice from The New Yorker writer Patricia Marx, with illustrations from The New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast. Everyone’s heard the old advice for a healthy relationship: Never go to bed angry. Play hard to get.  It’s one of the tips in You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples by the authors of Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It: A Mother’s Suggestions. This guide will make you laugh, remind you of why your relationship is better than everyone else’s, and solve all your problems. Patricia Marx is a former writer for “Saturday Night Live” and was the first woman elected to the Harvard Lampoon. Roz Chast attended Rhode Island School of Design and has loved to draw cartoons since she was a child growing up in Brooklyn. Cost: DCA members $30 and public $40. Price includes a copy of the hardcover book and the wine reception. Prepayment is required by Monday, January 13th.  View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 ext. 10.

HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY: JOINT REPLACEMENT 
Thursday, January 16th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Dr. Alexander McLawhorn specializes in adult reconstruction of the hip and knee, including complex primary and revision joint replacement surgery. He has particular expertise in robotic and computer-assisted joint replacement, direct anterior total hip replacement, partial knee replacement, hip resurfacing, and short-stay/rapid-recovery joint replacement. 

MUSIC IN THE STACKS: CELEBRATE FRESH BEGINNINGS
Sunday, January 19th, 5:00pm at Darien Library – Community Room, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Sheri Miller writes and performs her soulful, inspired original songs, while accompanying herself on guitar and piano. To ring in the New Year, Sheri will sing a wide range of uplifting love songs to celebrate fresh beginnings, from The Beatles and Louis Armstrong to Patsy Cline.

FLOWER ARRANGING WORKSHOP: “WINTER LIGHT”
Wednesday, January 22nd, 1:00pm – 2:00pm at Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Bring positive energy into your new year! Repurposed wine bottles will be used as vases with lovely white and green flowers.  Enjoy making your own arrangement with the guidance of Allie Callan, Darien resident and experienced floral designer from the New York Botanical Garden certificate program. Materials will be provided; please bring your own hand clippers if you have them. Cost for DCA members is $45, $55 for Public.  Prepayment is required by Monday, January 20th.  View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 ext. 10.

WAVENY LIFECARE NETWORK: KNOW YOUR MEDICARE BENEFITS 
Thursday, January 23rd, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Even if you have been on Medicare you may not know all you need to know.  Waveny Lifecare will present a program that will assist in helping you to understand your Medicare benefits.

BEGINNER MAH JONGG: SIX WEEK CLASS* 
Thursday, January 23rd, 6:30pm at Darien Library – Conference Room, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Learn to play American Mah Jongg and enter a fascinating world of bams, dragons and dots. Mah Jongg is an absorbing tile game of skill and chance. Over 6 weeks, longtime Darien resident Donna Holt will teach players the basics of understanding the tiles and current Mah Jongg card, and how to select and strengthen a winning hand.  Rules and strategies of play as well as game etiquette will be covered. *Program requires registration on the Darien Library website.  If you have taken the Beginner Mah Jongg class at the Darien Library in past years, you will be placed on a wait list and admitted if space permits once all new learners are accommodated.

FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF NURSING WORKSHOP  “A MATTER OF BALANCE”
Beginning Tuesday, January 28th, 10:00am at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Fairfield University School of Nursing students will offer a workshop focused on fall prevention.  Falls are the primary cause of injury in Connecticut’s older adults. The workshop will consist of eight weekly two-hour sessions on fall prevention methods with focus on reducing participants’ risk for falling.  The program will help participants set goals for increasing physical activity, and teach exercises to increase strength and balance.  The program has proven to increase confidence in the management and prevention of falls. There is significant evidence that fall prevention programs can decrease the rate of falls in older adults. Sign up is mandatory as space is limited.

MARK ALBERTSON: ELEANOR ROOSEVELT 
Tuesday, January 28th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Presented by Mark Albertson: The quintessential American liberal, Eleanor Roosevelt transformed the Office of First Lady.  She was the first First Lady to address a presidential convention; she gave 348 press conferences during her 12 years in office; she published more than 60 feature articles in the nation’s leading periodicals; she wrote a daily newspaper column, “My Day,” from 1936 to 1962; she was a significant reason the Black Constituency shifted from the Republican to the Democratic Party; and she co-authored the United Nations’ Declaration on Human Rights.  Harry Truman would later observe that Eleanor Roosevelt was not only First Lady of America, but of the world.

DOWNSIZE: LIVING LARGE IN A SMALL HOUSE
Tuesday, January 28th, 7:00pm at Darien Library – Community Room, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Presented as case studies, the featured homes showcase a variety of styles and locations; all boast numerous green features and space-efficiency strategies that can be applied to any small home. Filled with more than 275 photos, “Downsize” will help readers discover how scaling back and simplifying where you live opens up a world where the demands of maintenance are lower, accessibility and convenience are enhanced, energy efficiency is elevated and monthly bills are greatly reduced — all without sacrificing a well-built, beautiful home.

COME AND SHOW: GOOD ART, GOOD LIFE  
Wednesday, January 29th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Join Jacqueline Ofria, LMSW, clinician with the Center for HOPE/Family Centers, Darien, for a monthly (last Wednesday) literary treat (poem, story, philosophical or inspirational essay) as springboard into sharing from our own stories and concerns. As meetings progress, participants will also be invited (although not obliged) to share their own narratives, spoken or written, biographical or fictional and to share their own truths. Explore how creativity motivates, comforts, unsettles and keeps us on our toes. Share in the stories which most move and keep us going, the ideas which nurture a good life and help us through tough times. Come listen, interact, share inspiration and have fun! 

TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM  
Wednesdays beginning January 29th, 9:00am – 1:00pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The no cost, full service VITA/AARP/IRS Volunteer Tax Assistance Program – with special attention to seniors and low to moderate income households – will again be available to the Darien community at the Mather Center.  Tax preparation and electronic filing of state and federal returns will be offered through April 15, 2020. Appointments are suggested.

SEDGWICK SISTERS: 1960’S FAVORITES   
Thursday, January 30th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The 1960’s were a time of upheaval in society, fashion, attitudes, and especially music.  Lyrical tunes and numbers that provoked the thoughts of all who listened were produced. The Sedgwick Sisters will take you on a journey of 1960’s music and will reminisce with you on some of the greatest artists of the era.

ASK A LAWYER
Friday, January 31st, 10:00am at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Nedder and Associates LLC will be available for 15 minute private appointments at the Senior Center.  An Attorney will be available to answer questions regarding power of attorney, living wills, trusts, guardianships, disability planning, IRA custodianships, and wills as well as litigation questions just to name a few. Please sign up as appointments fill quickly.

SAVE THE DATE IN 2020 – UPCOMING EVENT AT THE MATHER CENTER: PREVENT TYPE 2 DIABETES LIFESTYLE CHANGE PROGRAMS 
Friday, March 20th, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The Prevent T2 lifestyle change program can help you lose weight, become more physically active and reduce stress.  This Diabetes prevention program is a weekly interactive one hour long workshop. The class is limited in size. The goal of the program is to teach participants research based skills.  The program is a CDC recognized program and the curriculum is led by the National Institute of Health.  Monitor My Health, a not-for-profit preventive health care organization based in Fairfield County is offering this year long program (with a value of $675) free of charge through Medicare to qualifying pre-diabetic candidates.  Please call 203-656-7490 for the qualifying questionnaire to be filled out prior to the beginning of the program.  

REGISTRATION FOR WINTER/SPRING CLASSES AT THE DARIEN ARTS CENTER
Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd, behind Town Hall
Register for classes at darienarts.org 
Introduction/Intermediate Calligraphy, Adults, Mondays, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Mar. 2-April 6, $295.
Adult Watercolor, Adults, Tuesdays, 9:30am–11:30am, Jan. 21-Mar. 31, $385.
Colored Pencil Drawing, Adults, Wednesdays, 9:30am-11:30am, Mar. 4-April 8, $255.
Introduction to Digital Photography, Adults, Wednesdays, 7:00pm-8:30pm, Feb. 26-Mar. 18, $125.
Ladies Night Out! Glass Jewelry Making, Adults, Thursday, Feb. 6, 7:00pm-9:00pm, $70.
Ladies Night Out! Sip & Paint Van Gogh Sunflowers, Adults, Thursday, Mar. 12, 7:00pm-9:00pm, $45.
Ladies Night Out! Sew it Up, Adults, Thursday, April 23, 6:00pm-9:00pm, $75. 

DARIEN ARTS CENTER – PIC DARIEN
The Darien Arts Center is announcing the return of its annual smartphone photo contest, Pic Darien, which will be accepting entries at darienarts.org through February 29th. Adults (18 and up) and Students (17 and under) may submit their smartphone photos for cash prizes in 10 categories: Darien Bicentennial; Landscapes; Seascapes; People; Pets; Sports; Architecture; Food and Drink; Abstract; and Nature & Flora. The contest is open to all; there are no age restrictions and contestants are not required to live in Darien. Winners will be notified in April and all entries will be showcased in the 2020 Pic Darien slideshow. To find out more about the Pic Darien Smartphone Photo Contest, visit darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683.

DARIEN HUMAN SERVICES EMERGENCY CALL LIST
The staff keeps a list of Darien seniors and disabled individuals to contact prior to a storm or town-wide emergency to provide reassurance and peace of mind. Staff will also inform residents of resources available in the community such as Emergency Shelters and Cooling Centers. If you are a Darien resident and would like to have your name added to the Emergency Call List, please call Darien Human Services at 203-656-7328. More information is also available on the town website: www.darienct.gov

 At Home In Darien
2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT  06820
Tel:  203.655.2227  Fax:  1.866.224.4210
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