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. Our 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.
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. Rides cost 50% of the regular price. Here’s how it works. A booklet of taxi vouchers worth $25.00 (that’s five $5.00 vouchers) can be purchased from At Home In Darien for $12.50 (cash or check only), and you use them to pay the taxi driver. You must have cash to pay for the tip and for any fare remainder under $5.00 as the taxi drivers will not give change for the vouchers. To purchase the vouchers from At Home In Darien, Darien residents must provide proof of age in the form of a driver’s license, an official ID card, passport, or Social Security statement. Proof of disability must be provided in the form of a disability statement from Social Security or a verification letter from a Doctor. Rides are arranged by calling Eveready taxi directly once you have the vouchers in hand. Taxi rides are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year! 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.
LEAF RAKING AND SNOW SHOVELING APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE
Please call At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227 for an application to have your leaves raked and/or snow shoveled from your public sidewalk. Sign up is though October 12th. Due to the limited number of volunteers, priority will be given to those who live alone or with another senior, have no local family/friends who can assist, or cannot afford to pay for services (eligibility determined by other services received).
CATCH THE WAVE! 2018 DARIEN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Please join parents and fans as they cheer the team on during the 2018 football season.
Home game schedule:
Friday, 9/7 at 7:00pm vs Ridgefield
Saturday, 9/29 at 1:30pm vs Stamford
Saturday, 10/6 at 2:00pm vs Staples
Friday, 10/26 at 7:00pm vs Trumbull
Saturday, 11/10 at 1:30pm vs Bridgeport Central
Admission is free to all those age 65 and over.
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If you would like to start receiving these events by email rather US mail, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 203-655-2227.
In observance of Labor Day, our offices will be closed on Monday, September 3rd.
AT HOME IN DARIEN 9TH ANNUAL LUNCHEON
Tuesday, October 16th at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road. RSVP by October 5th.
Join us for our annual luncheon featuring Mark Lachs, M.D., M.P.H., who will present Secrets of Successful Aging, an interesting and informative discussion about the physiological changes that occur when we age and how to delay physical decline. He will also discuss how best to create a supportive environment to best suit the needs of a senior including home and lifestyle changes. Dr. Lachs is the Irene and Roy Psaty Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College and Co-Chief of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, and the Director of Geriatrics for The New York Presbyterian Health Care System.
THE FOLLOWING EVENTS, DATES, AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
PLEASE CONFIRM WITH THE ORGANIZATION PRIOR TO THE EVENT.
FABULOUSLY FUN BINGO
Wednesdays, September 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th, 10:30am – 11:45am at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Join in the fun. Ten cents a card per game with a final blackout round. All players must arrive on time as no players will be allowed in after 11:00am.
RAMONA GARCIA PRESENTS FIRST LADIES IN THE FAMILY
Wednesday, September 5th, 11:00am at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-662-1090
Louisa Catherine Adams was the wife and first lady of John Quincy Adams, our sixth president and the son of Abigail Adams. Discussion of this mother-in-law and daughter-in-law duo, provides a unique perspective on a century that proved crucial to the development of the United States.
VETERANS CORNER OFFICE HOURS
Wednesday, September 5th, 12:30pm – 2:00pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Ramon Agosto, Veterans Benefits Officer for the 4th District of Connecticut will meet with veterans and their families to answer any questions they may have. The District 4 Connecticut Veterans Service Office assists Veterans and their dependents in preparing claims for benefits or privileges to which they may be entitled as administered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs. If you have copies of your discharge papers please bring them along.
VISITING NURSE AND HOSPICE OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY: HEALTHY EATING AFTER 50
Wednesday, September, 5th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Often fats are thought of as unhealthy, but your body needs a limited amount of certain kinds of fats. Fats in your diet give you energy and also help your body absorb vitamins. Choosing foods and beverages that give you the most nutrients for the calories consumed is one way to eat well. A complimentary lunch will be served at 12:00pm. Please call to register.
COFFEE WITH A COP
Thursday, September 6th, 9:30am at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together over coffee to discuss issues and learn more about each other. Join Sgt. Keri Isaac for a cup and some conversation. This is a comfortable opportunity for positive officer-citizen engagements.
LOCAL ARTISTS FEATURING THE WORK OF KIM LAGANA
Thursday, September 6th, 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road , 203-662-1090
Wine and cheese reception celebrating the work of local artist Kim Laguna. A retired languages teacher, LaGana has returned to his interest in art. “I paint to please myself. If someone enjoys it, I feel thrilled and blessed.” The artist’s work will be on display throughout the month of September. The gallery is open daily from 9:00am – 5:00pm.
STUDIO SHOWCASE SERIES
Sunday, September 9th, 5:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Every second Sunday of the month, Darien Library and pianist Zachary Saffa team up to bring you a one-of-a-kind concert experience. Up-and-coming musicians will perform uninterrupted, followed by an open lesson for all to enjoy. During the Studio Showcase, you will see first-hand how music teaching has a transformative effect over the course of open instruction. The Showcase will culminate in a closing performance from the instructors.
AUDIOLOGY CONCIERGE: HEARING CLINIC
Monday, September 10th, 10:00am – 2:00pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Audiology Concierge will offer free 45 minute appointments. Appointments will be available for hearing tests, hearing aid cleaning and repair, wax inspection, and listening demonstrations. Spots fill up quickly and appointments must be reserved. To reserve a spot, please call Marcy for available times.
HERE COMES ROSIE
Monday, September 10th, 11:00am at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Join Geri Genovese and her dog Rosie for some reminiscing and enjoy the benefits of interacting with pets.
PREVENTING FALLS AND IMPROVING BALANCE
Tuesday, September 11th, 12:00pm – 1:30pm at Long Ridge Medical Center, 260 Long Ridge Road, Stamford, 888-357-2409
Falls are the leading cause of accidental injury, especially for people over 65. Learn how to reduce risk and stay safely on your feet. Registration is required as space is limited.
CT PHARMACY: FALL RISK AND MEDICATIONS
Wednesday, September 12th, 12:30pm at 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.
Wednesday, September 12th, 6:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Planning for the future has always been a complex scenario. With inflation, rising interest rates and new tax laws, have you addressed how these factors may change your overall future? A stock market that has gone up for nearly eight years running have some excited, yet others concerned. Maintaining your retirement savings that you’ve accumulated, as well as your time horizon and tax efficiency can be critical components to your retirement success.
DARIEN VETERANS GROUP BREAKFAST FEATURING LOU DIGIUSTO, NAVY LEAGUE OF THE US
Thursday, September 13th, 9:00am at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-662-1090
The Atria Darien Veterans Group welcomes Lou DiGiusto, Empire Region President, Navy League of the U.S. DiGiusto will share insights on the current status of the US Naval sea power globally. All Veterans from the community are welcome. A continental breakfast will be served at 8:30am.
PARKINSON’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP
Friday, September 14th, 11:00am – 12:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road
Dr. David Neumann will speak about “Home Exercises for Healthier Joints and Better Living” with particular attention to those living with Parkinsons. The group is open to all people living with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers. For further information contact Ilene Sumberg, LCSW, at 203-662-1090. Light refreshments and pizza lunch will be served.
THE NO-NO BOY PROJECT: STORIES OF THE ASIAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Sunday, September 16th, 5:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
The project is a multimedia concert featuring the music of singer/songwriter Julian Saporiti. Inspired by his doctoral research at Brown University, as well as his experiences growing up as the son of a Vietnamese refugee in Tennessee, Saporiti’s original songs are performed against a backdrop of projections displaying archival photographs and films. Darien native and fellow Brown alum, Erin Aoyama, will join him on stage. Her participation is deeply personal, as her grandmother was incarcerated at Heart Mountain, one of the ten Japanese American concentration camps.
ROADBLOCKS TO REPUBLIC
Beginning Monday, September 17th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
America’s founding as a Republic was not without its impediments; so inspired as they were from the ranks of the Revolutionary Generation themselves. Join this four-week series presented by Mark Albertson.
STAMFORD HOSPITAL: SLEEP DISORDERS
Tuesday, September 18th, 2:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
There are both normal, age related changes in sleep and sleep patterns, as well as a variety of sleep complaints and sleep disorders that increase with age. Some heart and lung conditions which affect breathing can cause sleep disturbances. Dr. Gulati, a Pulmonologist with Stamford Health, will present a program on the management of sleep disorders.
SENIOR MOMENTS: JUSTICE DENIED
Tuesday, September 18th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
This illustrated lecture tells the story of the Japanese incarceration during World War II as seen through the eyes of a Japanese American family. It follows their passage from immigration in the 1890s through their imprisonment during the war years and documents how they rebuilt their lives thereafter. The 45-minute PowerPoint presentation is illustrated with more than 100 family and historic WWII photographs, many of the latter obtained from U.S. government archives.
WALGREENS PHARMACY: IMMUNIZATIONS
Wednesday, September 19th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Childhood vaccinations are one of the greatest medical success stories of the 20th century. But as you age, you become more at risk for certain diseases, even ones you were vaccinated against when you were younger. Brian the Pharmacist, will present a program covering all the vaccines seniors should ask their doctor about.
WEDNESDAY MATINEE – “I CAN ONLY IMAGINE“
Wednesday, September 19th, 1:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
A musician writes a popular song about how his faith helped repair his relationship with his dad. Based on a true story.
PASTOR BLAINE EDELE: CT TURNPIKE AND ITS HISTORY
Thursday, September, 20th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The Connecticut Turnpike, officially the Governor John Davis Lodge Turnpike, stretches along the shore line from the Byram River in Greenwich to East Lyme. At the time of construction (1958) the Connecticut Turnpike was the longest urban highway in the country. This presentation is full of historical facts and pictures.
THE MET LECTURE: DELACROIX DRAWINGS
Thursday, September 20th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Get a sneak preview of the latest exhibit from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Devotion to Drawing: the Karen B. Cohen Collection of Eugene Delacroix. Renowned as a giant of French Romantic painting, Delacroix (1798–1863) was equally a dedicated and an innovative draftsman. The exhibition of more than one hundred works is presented by Page Knox.
PIANIST ROGER YOUNG
Sunday, September 23rd, 4:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-662-1090
Enjoy an afternoon of great music provided by pianist Roger Young.
NEW CHAIR YOGA CLASS
Monday, September 24th, 11:30am at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Chair yoga is a wonderful option for people with mobility limitations, seniors and anyone who has difficulty getting down on the ground. The classes are taught on chairs using classic yoga poses that have been modified. Incorporating breathing techniques, relaxation and stretches, chair yoga helps increase flexibility and strength, improves posture and balance and helps to reduce stress and anxiety.
ART GOTTLIEB, LCSW: ATOMIC WEAPONS AND THE END OF WWII
Monday, September 24th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Since their first military use 73 years ago, few subjects have remained so controversial as the use of atomic weapons. Triggering both the end of WWII and the beginning of a cold war lasting 40 years, the proliferation and possible use of such weapons has remained a major peril into the 21st century.
PROFESSOR ERIC D. LEHMAN “CONNECTICUT VANGUARDS”
Monday, September 24th, 7:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-662-1090
Noah Webster, Charles Goodyear, P.T. Barnum and Katharine Hepburn all have Connecticut in common and they had an inventive spirit and drive that changed the course of history for the rest of the state. Other natives, like Eli Whitney and Henry C. Lee pioneered new methods while Prudence Crandall and Helen Keller championed the rights of the underprivileged. Some, like Frederick Law Olmsted and Sol LeWitt, changed the perception of the world. Author and University of Bridgeport professor Eric D. Lehman chronicles the lives of two dozen men and women who left their marks on Connecticut and the world as a whole.
ORGANIZATION OF CHINESE AMERICANS CHOIR: MOON FESTIVAL
Tuesday, September 25th, 12:30 at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The Organization of Chinese Americans Fairfield County Chapter Choir will perform traditional music as well as present some cultural background. The organization is dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Chinese and Asian Pacific Americans, as well as fostering leadership development and engagement through its various programs.
VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE
Tuesday, September 25th, 5:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Make your voice count in this year’s elections. In celebration of National Voter Registration Day, The Darien League of Women Voters will be registering eligible Connecticut residents. No ID is necessary.
NEW TO MEDICARE: UNDERSTANDING YOUR BENEFITS & OPTIONS
Tuesday, September 25th, 6:00pm – 7:00pm at The Village at Waveny LifeCare Network, 3 Farm Road, New Canaan
Join special guest-speakers Lisa Alhabal, CHOICES Counselor, and Sharon Gesek, Director of Programs, of Southwestern CT Area Agency on Aging (SWCAA) for a free educational seminar for people new to Medicare. A light dinner will be served at 5:30pm. RSVP to Mary Ntiri at 203-594-5310 or at MNtiri@Waveny.org.
READ AND TELL: GOOD LIT, GOOD LIFE
Wednesday, September 26th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Join Ashleigh Miller, a clinician with the Center for HOPE/Family Centers, Darien, for a monthly literary treat. As meetings progress, participants will be invited to share their own narratives, spoken or written, biographical or fictional.
NUTRITIONAL APPROACH TO BONE HEALTH
Thursday, September 27th, 11:00am – 12:30pm at Long Ridge Medical Center, 260 Long Ridge Road, Stamford, 888-357-2409
Get tips to keep your bones strong and healthy through diet and nutritional supplements. Reduce the risk and progression of osteoporosis at any age. A snack will be provided and advanced registration is necessary as space is limited.
ASK A LAWYER
Friday, September 28th, 10:00am at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Nedder and Associates LLC will be available for 15 minute private appointments. An Attorney will 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.
ATRIA DARIEN GARDEN CLUB MEETING
Friday, September 28th, 11:00am at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-662-1090
All are welcome to attend the Garden Club meeting to discuss ways to beautify the community, attend horticultural lectures and to sponsor trips to locations of interest to the Club.
RENTERS REBATE PROGRAM
Darien senior citizens and or disabled citizens may qualify for a rent rebate from the State of Connecticut for the year 2017. The program runs through September 30th. Applications will be accepted at Town Hall in the Darien Human Services office (#109) through September 28th. For more information or to make an appointment, call Darien Human Services at 203-656-7328.
At Home In Darien
2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT 06820
Tel: 203.655.2227 Fax: 1.866.224.4210
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