2 RENSHAW ROAD DARIEN, CT 06820 203.655.2227

FEBRUARY 2020

GODSPELL THE MUSICAL
Wednesday, March 18th, 7:00pm at Darien High School, 80 High School Lane
Seniors can attend this dress rehearsal performance free of charge and enjoy free transportation to and from the High School for the 7:00pm performance.  At Home In Darien has arranged for transportation at approximately 6:30pm to the High School show for seniors using volunteer drivers.  Seniors can be conveniently picked up at their homes and returned safely after the show.  Please call At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227 to reserve your seat and to arrange transportation to and from the show.

OUT & ABOUT
Our Winter 2020 newsletter, Out & About, was just published and mailed to all Darien residents.  A copy can be found on our website, www.athomeindarien.org.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
Our office will closed on Monday, February 17th in observance of President’s Day.

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.

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
 

TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM – AVAILABLE NOW THROUGH APRIL 15TH
Mondays, 1:00pm – 8:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-669-5236 for appointments
Wednesdays, 9:00am – 1:00pm at Mather Center home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Fridays and Saturdays, 9:00am – 4:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-669-5236 for appointments

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 Darien Library and Mather Center.  Tax preparation and electronic filing of state and federal returns will be offered.  Bring all 2019 tax report forms (W-2’s, 1099’s, brokerage statements, etc), social security and official photo identification, health insurance documentation (Form 1095A) and your 2018 tax return. Appointments are suggested.

MINDFUL LISTENING + MINDFUL SPEAKING
Sunday, February 2nd, 3:00pm – 4:30pm at Darien Library, Conference Room, Mezzanine Level, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Mindful Listening and Speaking empowers us to be able to speak openly with and hear each other even when we don’t agree. Learn tools for listening and speaking in a way that allows us to truly hear each other and express ourselves, no matter the topic. Join Community Mindfulness Project to learn tools for open communication on any topic. Please register.

WEEKLY DROP-IN DUPLICATE BRIDGE
Mondays, weekly starting February 3rd, 12:30pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road
The Monday game is 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. 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.

ROADBLOCKS TO REPUBLIC
Mondays, February 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th, 3:00pm – 4:30pm at Darien Library, Community Room, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Join for a four-week series on the Roadblocks to Republic. It will highlight four examples in American history that deeply affected the course of America and/or threatened the viability of representative government.  Week One: The Newburgh Incident, March 15, 1783.

DCA WOMEN’S LUNCHEONS PRESENT LAURA THOREN PODESTA: “EMBRACING REJECTION-LESSONS ON THE WORD NO”
Tuesday, February 4th, 12:15pm – 2:00pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road 
Laura Thoren Podesta is a CBS News Correspondent and 2006 DHS graduate. She’ll discuss how rejections from colleges, certain promotions, jobs, and even day-to-day obstacles ended up helping her career. Laura will talk about how – at face value – rejection can sting, but it can also help you get to where you want to go faster. Cost is $25 for DCA members and $40 for the public. Prepayment is required by noon on Monday, February 3rd.  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: JFK AND CAMELOT 
Tuesday, February 4th, 12:30pm at  Mather Center home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490

Through the use of rarely seen photographs and interactive discussion, Art Gottlieb will offer a historical remembrance of the iconic White House legacy of John F. Kennedy.

VNH OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY LUNCH AND LEARN: HEART HEALTHY EATING
Wednesday, February 5th, Complimentary Lunch – 12:00pm, Program – 12:30pm at Mather Center home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Along with other healthy lifestyle choices, a heart healthy diet may reduce your risk of heart disease or stroke by 80%.  Katherine Lasberg will discuss what an overall healthy dietary pattern emphasizes. She will discuss the use of nuts, legumes, and whole grains as well as other important ways to lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. 

DEMENTIA CAREGIVING BASIC TRAINING
Thursdays, February 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm at Maplewood at Darien, 599 Post Road, 203-293-6872
Come learn the basics of caring for a loved one with dementia with Memory Care Director, Christine Marnelakis, CDP.  Complimentary, boxed lunch provided.

PARKINSON’S AND LSVT BIG
Thursday, February 6th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm at Long Ridge Medical Center, 260 Long Ridge Road, Stamford, 888-305-9253
Lauren Donovan, DPT, physical therapist will speak on this evidence-based exercise program designed specifically for individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.  Learn about this popular program and how it addresses gait, balance and other impairments.

AUDIOLOGY CONCIERGE: HEARING CLINIC 
Monday, February 10th, 10:30am – 1:30pm at Mather Center home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Audiology Concierge will provide free 45 minute appointments for hearing tests, hearing aid cleaning and repair, wax inspection, and listening demonstrations.  Spots fill up quickly and appointments must be reserved. 

AM I HAVING A HEART ATTACK?
Tuesday, February 11th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, at Long Ridge Medical Center, 260 Long Ridge Road, Stamford, 888-305-9253
Susan Eysmann, MD, cardiologist will speak about heart disease including cardiac risks and symptoms, in addition to the numerous ways cardiologists can help.

CENSUS 2020: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Tuesday, February 11th,  3:30pm – 4:30pm at Darien Library, Conference Room, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Join for a presentation on the upcoming 2020 United States Census.  Census Partnership Specialist Yvette T. Rose will explain how the 2020 Census is safe, easy, and important. She will provide details on how funding for critical programs affecting all Connecticut residents depends on a complete and accurate count. Yvette will also provide information on how to apply for new Census Bureau jobs that are available in our area.

CT PHARMACY: THE HISTORY OF PHARMACY  
Wednesday February 12th, 12:30pm at Mather Center home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490

The history of pharmacy as an independent science is quite old, dating back to the early 19th century.  CT Pharmacy will have some interesting facts on the history and origin of the pharmacy as well as facts about some of the original medications used in pre-historic and middle ages.

CAREGIVER CAFÉ
Wednesday, February 12th, 3:00pm – 4:00pm at Darien Library, Conference Room, Mezzanine Level, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Darien Library is pleased to invite caregivers of adult residents who are aging-in-place to take some time for respite in appreciation of the important work you do each day. The Caregiver Café is a monthly event designed for you to mingle with other caregivers in the community while enjoying fun activities in a relaxed environment. Activities vary by month, and you can count on leaving a bit more refreshed and pampered.

DCA BOOK TALK AND SIGNING WITH JOHN CARREYOU AND “BAD BLOOD”
Wednesday, February 12th, 7:30pm (6:45pm wine reception) at Darien Community Center, 274 Middlesex Road

Rigorously reported and fearlessly written, Bad Blood is the true and riveting story of Elizabeth Holmes and her Silicon Valley startup, Theranos. Widely viewed as the next Steve Jobs and promising to revolutionize the medical industry with a breakthrough blood-testing device, Holmes and her company instead became the biggest corporate fraud since Enron. John Carreyrou, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal for 20 years, where he first exposed Theranos in a series of articles. A film version of Bad Blood is in progress, starring Jennifer Lawrence.  Cost: DCA members $50 and public $65. Price includes a copy of the paperback book and the wine reception. Prepayment is required by Monday, February 10th.  View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 ext. 10.

ATRIA DARIEN PARKINSONS DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP
Friday, February 14th, 11:00am – 12:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road
Paul Wear will discuss “Perspectives on Living the Best Life with Parkinsons Disease”. The group is open to all who live with Parkinsons and their caregivers. Light refreshments and pizza lunch will be served. For further information contact Ilene Sumberg, LCSW – 203-662-1090

VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY 
Friday, February 14th, Lunch $5.00 at 12:00pm and Entertainment at 12:30pm at Mather Center home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples – everyone can celebrate! It’s the perfect occasion for showing love to family and friends.  There will be some fun activities as well as a few prizes – come dressed in your best Valentine themed outfit for a chance to win! And get ready to dance! Music will be provided by the very talented David Allen – a sure bet to getting everyone singing and dancing.

STAMFORD HOSPITAL: LATEST OPTIONS FOR ACUTE STROKE TREATMENT
Tuesday, February 18th, 12:30pm at Mather Center home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in this country according to the National Institute on Aging.  Seniors are at the highest risk for a stroke. Almost 75% of all strokes occur in adults over the age of 65. The good news is strokes are treatable. Todd Miller, MD of Stamford Hospital will present a program covering the options for acute stroke treatment, and healthy living tips to prevent them. Dr. Miller is a board-certified neuroradiologist who specializes in the diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment of conditions that affect the brain and spine.

IMMEASURABLE: THE LEGACY OF BEETHOVEN
Tuesday, February 18th, 7:00pm – 8:30pm at 
Darien Library, Community Room, Main Level
In the first of a 4-part lecture series, Prof. Gil Harel will discuss the various ways Beethoven’s music has figured prominently in the past two and half centuries. Of the many genres in which the composer pushed the envelope, it has been argued that his contribution to symphonic literature was his most profound gift to posterity.  Come learn more about Beethoven’s symphonies and the impact they’ve had on western civilization.

CHOLESTEROL SCREENING – PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Wednesday, February 19th, 7:30am – 10:00am at Noble Conference Center – Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Road, Greenwich
As part of the Heart Health and Stroke Fair, fasting blood tests are offered free to the first 70 people who register in advance.  These screenings measure total cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol) and LDL (bad cholesterol) levels.  You must fast from midnight the night before the screening.  To register, call 888-305-9253.

HEART HEALTH AND STROKE FAIR
Wednesday, February 19th, 8:00am – 10:30am at Noble Conference Center – Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Road, Greenwich
This annual event during American Heart Month offers a chance to talk with a variety of medical professionals one-on-one in a casual atmosphere about preventing and reducing risk of heart-and stroke-related health conditions.  Educators, pharmacists, dietitians, holistic practitioners and other hospital staff will be on hand to answer questions and discuss cardiac nutrition, medications, genetic concerns and lifestyle changes to help keep your heart as healthy as possible.  Learn about the latest developments in diagnostic tools, treatments and community resources.  A nurse will be on hand to check your blood pressure if desired.  Walk-ins welcome.  For more information call 203-863-4444.

INTRODUCTION: HOW TO SELL YOUR TREASURES ON EBAY
Wednesday, February 19th, 2:30pm – 4:30pm & 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Darien Library, Technology Center, Lower Level, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Back by popular demand! Have you thought about selling your treasures on eBay but you’re not sure where to start? Susie Skerrett has been selling on eBay for 19 years and will show you the ropes when it comes to creating an account, setting up a list, accepting payment through PayPal, and more. Program registration required.

BRIDGES BY EPOCH: LAUGHTER YOGA 
Thursday, February 20th, 12:30pm at Mather Center home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Laughter Yoga is indeed the best medicine to be prescribed for seniors to keep them in good cheer. Hearty laughter gets rid of stress, worry and depression. It touches the emotional core and alleviates feelings of loneliness and isolation. Besides being the panacea for good health, laughter generates positive thoughts and reduces the negative strains. Hundreds and thousands have benefited by Laughter Yoga, a great therapeutic alternative that combines Laughter Exercises with Yogic Deep Breathing, for a complete workout of wellness.

MUSIC IN THE STACKS: SERENDIPITY CHORALE
Sunday, February 23rd, 5:00pm – 6:00pm at 
Darien Library, Community Room, Main Level, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Join for a musical celebration featuring the Serendipity Chorale. The Serendipity Chorale’s repertoire includes Broadway show tunes, pop standards, folk songs, Negro spirituals and gospel songs.

MARK ALBERTSON: THE HISTORY OF VETERANS DAY 
Tuesday, February 25th, 12:30pm at Mather Center home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Mark is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine in Monroe and is the historian for the Army Aviation Association of America.  He has authored several books and teaches as an adjunct at Norwalk Community College on topics such as World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Iraq, the American Empire, the Nazi Revolution and Jihad.

FAMILY CENTERS: COME AND SHOW-GOOD ART, GOOD LIFE  
Wednesday, February 26th, 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 a 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!

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. 6th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, $70. 
Ladies Night Out! Sip & Paint Van Gogh Sunflowers, Adults, Thursday, Mar. 12th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, $45. 
Ladies Night Out! Sew it Up, Adults, Thursday, April 23rd, 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. 

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