2 RENSHAW ROAD DARIEN, CT 06820 203.655.2227
SEPTEMBER 2020
 
 

AT HOME IN DARIEN UPDATE
At Home In Darien continues to provide essential services to meet the needs of those most at risk during the pandemic.  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, closed on Friday, in accordance with Darien Town Hall’s schedule, where our office is located.  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 Fall, and can be found on our website at www.athomeindarien.com.  Every Darien senior who is 60 years of age or older is a member at no charge, and is able to take advantage of discounts from local retailers.  If you do not already 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 At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227 for more information.

AMAZONSMILE

At Home In Darien is registered with AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice and we hope that’s At Home In Darien.  Every item available for purchase on Amazon is also available on AmazonSmile at the same price with no extra cost to you. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.  Please keep this in mind when you are doing any shopping.  Click on the link to register for Amazonsmile – it’s simple and easy to do. smile.amazon.com

 

HOLIDAY CLOSING
Our office will be closed Monday, September 7th for Labor Day.

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

DRIVE-THROUGH LUNCH AT MATHER CENTER

Weekdays, 12pm at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Rd.
Chef Judi is preparing sumptuous meals, including dessert, Monday to Friday. To make a reservation call 203-656-7490 Monday to Wednesday from 8:30 to 11:30am, and order for as many days as you would like. Menu is online a week ahead of time (click here) or call for details.  Pick up promptly at noon, car line up begins at 11:45am.  Cost of the meal is $5.00, exact cash or checks accepted (make checks payable to DSP or Darien Senior Programs).  Open to Darien residents only.

ELIGIBLE SENIORS CAN RECEIVE DISCOUNT VOUCHERS FOR LOCALLY GROWN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Vouchers valid through October 30th.  Darien Human Services, 2 Renshaw Rd.
Darien seniors may now be eligible to receive discount vouchers for locally grown fruits and vegetables through the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.  Darien Human Services is designated as a Local Coordinating Agency for the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). SFMNP provides vouchers for locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, and honey to eligible low-income seniors.  Vouchers can be redeemed at any local Farmers Market. The Darien Farmers Market is held every Wednesday from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Goodwives Shopping Center parking lot, 25 Old King’s Highway North. Vouchers are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.  Vouchers are valid through October 30th.  Interested seniors (60 years of age or older) must be Darien residents and have a maximum household income of no more than 185% of the federal poverty level ($1968/month for a single person and $2658/month for a couple). Proof of income is required. Please contact Darien Human Services at (203) 656-7328 Monday through Thursday 8:30am – 5:15pm for more information or to schedule an appointment.

DUMP PERMITS EXPIRE SEPTEMBER 1ST  
Due to Covid-19, the expiration date for dump permits was extended from June 30th to September 1st.  Dump permits are available on line for residents that have had dump permits and are in the Public Works database.  Seniors (65 or greater) can obtain a free permit with their proof of age and copy of vehicle registration.  Forward any inquiries to the Department of Public Works at 203-656-7346 or dumppermits@darienct.gov.

GREENWICH HOSPITAL: ONLINE “GATHERINGS”
There are a variety of online “gatherings” providing information, education, and support, most at no cost, via Zoom video.  A few events are highlighted below.  To register for any Zoom event at Greenwich Hospital, call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events.  The Zoom link will be distributed in advance of the session.  Attendees will be in listen-only mode without camera access and can ask questions via chat.  

TRENDS IN JOINT REPLACEMENT SURGERY
Wednesday, September 9th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm  Zoom Video through Greenwich Hospital.  To register call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events. 
Speaker:  Jonathan Berliner, MD, joint replacement specialist
Joint replacement patients benefit from ongoing advances in surgical techniques and pain management.  Today’s hip and joint replacement procedures are less invasive and safer; patients tend to heal faster than ever.  Learn about the types of procedures, current trends and innovations just beyond the horizon.

PREVENTING FALLS AND IMPROVING BALANCE
Tuesday, September 15th, 11:00am – 12:00pm,  Zoom Video through Greenwich Hospital.  To register call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events. 
Speaker:  Marisha Tamakuwala, MSPT, physical therapist
Gain an understanding of how to reduce the risk of falls, which are the leading cause of accidental injury among people age 55 and older.  Research at Yale University found home-based interventions can reduce falls by as much as 30 percent.

AGING AND EXERCISE: THE NEW FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH?
Wednesday, October 14th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm,  Zoom Video through Greenwich Hospital.  To register call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events. 
Speaker:  Marc Kowalsky, MD, sports medicine specialist
A growing body of research reinforces the importance of staying active and fit throughout your lifetime.  Regular exercise is linked to the prevention of cardiovascular disease and more.  It’s never too late to receive the benefits of fitness.  Hear about the challenges of maintaining fitness as the body ages, with practical solutions to get beyond the aches and pains.  Learn about age-specific injury prevention and ways to adapt to physical limitations.   

SELF-CARE: MEDITATION AND RELAXATION TECHNIQUES
Thursday, October 22, 5:00pm – 6:00pm,  Zoom Video through Greenwich Hospital.  To register call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events. 
Speaker:  Roberta Brown, RN, Integrative Medicine program coordinator
Experience the power of group meditation to create a space for self-compassion and kindness to navigate life’s challenges.  Learn the benefits of daily self-care practices to maintain balance in body, mind, emotions and spirit.    

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