2 RENSHAW ROAD DARIEN, CT 06820 203.655.2227

OCTOBER 2019

AT HOME IN DARIEN 10TH ANNUAL LUNCHEON
Tuesday, October 22nd, 11:30am to 1:00pm, Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Join us for our Annual Lucheon co-sponsored by the Darien Community Association featuring Dr. Mina Owlia, of Stamford Medical Group, for an interesting and informative discussion. Learn how to minimize the risk of heart disease and improve your quality of life by adopting healthy lifestyle habits. This event is generously sponsored by Maplewood of Darien. Call 203-655-2227 to RSVP by October 11th. Space is limited, please respond early to ensure a seat at this popular event.

WILL YOU BE A PEN PAL?
At Home In Darien has joined forces with the Kids Care Club at Tokeneke Elementary School for an intergenerational pen pal program! We are looking for Darien senior citizens who would like to be pen pals. The students will write the first letter, and the seniors will write back. We hope the letters will go back and forth several times over the school year. As you know, handwritten letters have a way of putting a smile on one’s face. The handwritten message has been greatly underrated recently, and young people do not regularly write them these days. A pen pal program is a great way to connect people and is mutually beneficial to anyone who participates. Participation doesn’t require much –  just the desire to make someone happy. In the end, both pen pals will learn something new! If you would like to participate contact At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227

CATCH THE WAVE! – 2019 DARIEN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Please join parents and fans as they cheer the team on during the 2019 football season. Admission is free to all those 65 and over. Home game schedule:
Saturday 10/19  vs      Trinity/Wright Tech    1:30pm
Saturday 11/9    vs      Bridgeport Central     1:30pm
Thursday 11/28  vs      New Canaan             10:00am

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 through October 18th. 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).

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.

AT HOME IN DARIEN WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 14th FOR COLUMBUS DAY

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

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING
Tuesday, October 1st, 12:00pm to 1:30pm, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Get your blood pressure checked by a nurse from the Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County

DCA WOMEN’S LUNCH PRESENTS “THE HEALTH AND BENEFITS OF TEA” PRESENTED BY BIGELOW TEA 
Tuesday, October 1st, 12:15pm to 2:00pm, Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Rd.
Cost is $25 for DCA members and $40 for the public. Tea is the second most popularly consumed beverage worldwide behind water. It has a long and storied history tied to each culture, society and time period that it touched. Tea continues to be enjoyed today and is not only tasty but also a positive addition to a balanced diet. Join Bigelow Tea, a local family company operating for the past 75 years, for a discussion of the history of this amazing plant as we travel through the most important milestones in tea history. We will also be touching on what makes tea so unique, how it is produced, where it grows and just what health studies are being done around it. Take-home samples for all. Men are welcome, too! Luncheon will be provided by Michael Joseph’s Catering. Prepayment is required by Monday, September 30. View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 ext. 10.

DARIEN FARMER’S MARKET
Wednesday(s), October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th, 10:00am to 3:00pm, Good Wives Shopping Center
The Farmer’s Market is open! New hours this year! Take a look at the wide selection of good stuff! 

VISITING NURSE AND HOSPICE: FOOT CARE 
Wednesday, October 2nd, Complimentary lunch served at noon, Program at 12:30pm, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Aging takes a toll on feet. With lots to do, out of sight tasks like foot care can easily be forgotten.  Healthy feet help seniors stay as mobile, balanced, and independent as possible. To reduce the risk of foot problems that could affect overall health, Katherine Lasberg, JD, BSN, RN Community Health Nurse for Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County will share essential senior foot care tips that help keep your feet comfortable and healthy. 

DCA 2019 ART LECTURE SERIES – THE ART OF LOOKING – FOUR LECTURES
Thursdays, October 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th, 11:00am for the lecture, luncheon to follow at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road
Lance Esplund is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal and author of “The Art of Looking”: How to Read Modern and Contemporary Art (Basic Books). He explores how art is in dialogue with other art; how the art of the past can open us up to the art of the present — and vice-versa. Fine tuning our eyes, hearts, and minds will empower us to trust our own taste, guts, and common sense. We will begin to think like artists… 

Series admission with lunch: DCA members $175/ public $205
Single lecture admission and lunch: DCA members $50 / public $65
Single lecture-only admission: DCA members $20 / public $30
Prepayment is required for all lunch reservations by noon on the Friday preceding each lecture, and may be made online through dariendca.org or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 ext. 10.

CATARACTS AND CATARACT SURGERY: DR. MARTIN MA, MD
Thursday, October 3rd, 12:30pm, Mather Center home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Most cataracts are associated with the aging process and are common among older Americans. In fact, according to the National Eye Institute (NEI), 68.3 percent of Americans 80 and older had cataracts in 2010. The prevalence of cataracts in the U.S. is expected to grow significantly in the years ahead, due in part to the aging of the population. Today there are many types of intraocular lenses (IOLs) to choose from for your cataract surgery, depending on your specific needs.  Dr. Martin Ma, MD with Spector Eye Care will discuss the different types of IOLs as well as discussing what to expect before, during and after cataract surgery.

MEMORY SCREENINGS: DR SUSANN VARANO, MD
Friday, October 4th, by appointment, Mather Center home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Schedule your complimentary memory screening conducted by Dr. Susann Varano, Yale University trained physician who is double-board certified in Geriatrics and Internal Medicine.  A memory screening is a simple and safe “healthy brain check-up” that tests memory and other thinking skills. Advanced appointment is required.  Please contact Beth Paris to schedule 203-656-7490.

PREVENT TYPE 2 DIABETES PROGRAM: DR. WADE
Fridays, October 4th and 18th, 10:30am, 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. The goal of the CDC recognized program, with curriculum led by the National Institute of Health, is to teach participants research based skills. Monitor My Health, a not-for-profit preventive health care organization based in Fairfield County will have different topics for each week – October 4th: More about T2 and October 18th: Eating Well Away from Home.

A CLOSER LOOK CIVIL WAR PENSIONS
Saturday, October 5th, 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Laura Congleton will take a closer look at Civil War pensions, as she walks you through the application process and the changing pension laws to help put the pension documents into better perspective.

HERE COMES ROSIE THE DOG!
Monday, October 7th, 11:00am, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Geri Genovese will be at the Mather Center with Rosie for some reminiscing.  There are so many benefits of interaction with pets – mental, emotional, and even physical.  

DECO MESH HOLIDAY WREATH WORKSHOP
Mondays, October 7th and 21st, 12:30pm to 2:30pm, Mather Center home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Dot Fasky will host a wreath making workshop.  Big and beautiful, deco mesh wreaths are the hottest trend going! And it’s no wonder because they’re so easy and quick to make. Deco mesh can be used indoors or out – perfect for celebrating the seasons and holidays.  There is a limited amount of space available so sign up is a must. Cost of the workshop is $25.00. 

PARK STREET SINGERS ENTERTAIN!
Monday, October 7th, 12:30pm, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The Park Street Singers have been entertaining seniors in Fairfield County for over 30 years.  What began as a casual group to sing for Mother’s Day at the Congregational Church on Park Street in New Canaan grew into a well-known women’s choral group that has performed over 1000 times since 1973.  The Park Street Singers focus on “songs from yesterday.” They sing favorites including show tunes, popular oldies, traditional folk, swing and blues. Their upbeat show will entertain and is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and a song to your heart!

WEEKLY DROP-IN DUPLICATE BRIDGE — OPEN GAME AT THE DCA
Mondays, October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, 12:30pm, Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road 
Tom Hunter of Come Play Bridge, is duplicate bridge director.  Monday game will now be a $13 open game, without a DCA membership requirement, to help players obtain more master points. 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 challenging game is held in the Garden Wing 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. 

DARIEN HEALTH DEPARTMENT FLU CLINICS
October 8,   9:30am to 11:30am     Mather Center
October 15, 9:30am to 11:30 am   Town Hall Room 119
October 29, 9:30am to 11:30pm    Mather Center
November 5, 3:00pm to 7:00pm Town Hall Room 119
Preservative free vaccine, available to anyone over three (3) years of age.
High dose vaccine, available for seniors.
Cost $30, payable by check
We  accept ConnectiCare insurance and traditional Medicare ONLY.  Bring your ConnectiCare or Medicare ID card.
We do not participate with any of the Medicare Advantage Plans.
Vaccine available by appointment at the Health Department; to schedule on line or for more information, visit http://www.darienhealth.com

FLU CLINIC
Tuesdays, October 8th and 29th, 9:30am to 11:30am, Mather Center home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Each winter, millions of people suffer from seasonal flu. Flu, the short name for influenza, is caused by viruses. Some viruses can spread easily from one person to another. They cause illnesses or infections like the flu.  For older people, especially those who have health problems like diabetes or heart disease, the flu can be very serious, even life-threatening. The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season.  The Darien Health Department will be holding two seasonal flu clinics. The Health Department will also be offering the Fluzone High-Dose Vaccine which was specifically designed and recommended for individuals 65 years of age and older.  Medicare is accepted.  Please bring your insurance card.  You may also pay by cash or check and receive a voucher to submit to you insurance company.  For questions on what type of vaccine to receive, please contact your health care provider.

FLU CLINIC
Tuesday, October 8th, 1:00pm to 3:00pm, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Head off winter illness by getting a flu shot. The flu clinic is first-come, first-served and hosted by the Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. Open to anyone age 4+. If under age 18, must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.The cost of the vaccine is $50. The nurses will bill directly to Medicare Part B, Aetna, Anthem, Connecticare, Harvard Pilgrim, Multi Plan or Wellcare. Or payable by cash or check. High-dose vaccine is available for those age 65 and over. The cost is $70. Please bring your insurance card and wear short sleeves or sleeves that can be easily rolled up.

FLOWER ARRANGING WORKSHOP: AUTUMN JEWEL TONE ARRANGEMENT
Wednesday, October 9th, 1:00pm to 2:00pm, Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road 

Enjoy making your own arrangement using autumn jewel tone flowers with the guidance of Allie Callan, a Darien resident and experienced floral designer from the New York Botanical Garden certificate program. You will be constructing a centerpiece and a tussie-mussie. Materials will be provided; please bring your own hand clippers if you have them. Cost: DCA members $45 and public $55. Prepayment is required by noon on Monday, October 7th. View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 ext. 10.

CAREGIVER CAFE
Wednesday, October 9th, 3:00pm to 4:00pm, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Darien Library is pleased to invite caregivers of adult residents who are aging-in-place as we take some time for respite in appreciation of the important work you do each day. At this month’s cafe, it’s time to relax with a hand massage and enjoy a visit from a therapy dog. Registration is required. To register, please email askus@darienlibrary.org or call 203-669-5236.

PROBATE COURT: JUDGE WILLIAM OSTENDORF
Thursday, October 10th, 12:30pm, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490

Probate Court Judge William Osterndorf will present a program on the changes to power of attorney laws, probate fee increases, legislative defunding, and the

FALL INTO HEALTH
Thursday, October 10th, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Nutritionist Linda Stephens for “Fall into Health”, will discuss how to understand what constitutes healthy eating, debunk many of the nutritional myths that are present in today’s environment of fad diets, and explain why food pairing of your macro nutrients is so important to weight loss and overall wellness. Eating for health and longevity should be tasty, flavorful and satisfying. duties as a fiduciary-executor.  Judge Osterndorf will provide time to answer questions at the end of the program.

PARKINSONS DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP AT ATRIA DARIEN
Friday, October 11th,  11:00am to 12:30pm, Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, Charter Oak Theater,203-662-1090
The group is open to all people living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. It is run under the auspices of the CT Parkinsons Disease Association. For further information contact Ilene Sumberg, LCSW – 203-662-1090, Light refreshments and pizza lunch will be served.

LATIN MUSIC BY GRUPO WARACHANDO
Saturday, October 12th, 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Darien Library celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a family-oriented concert by Grupo Warachando. This five-piece Latin band will interpret popular songs from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Venezuela. 

DCA FALL GARDENING WORKSHOP – FREE TO ALL
Tuesday, October 15th, 9:30am to 12:30pm,  Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road
Work with the Greenhouse Group to learn how the DCA puts their garden ”to bed” by dividing plants, lightly pruning various shrubs, and updating winter pots. Novice gardeners will be given tips; experienced gardeners are welcome to just help out. Please dress for the garden. Free to all, children are welcome under your supervision. Reservations are requested to ensure there’s lunch for all. View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 ext. 10.

STAMFORD HOSPITAL: GASTROENTEROLOGY
Tuesday, October 15th, 12:30pm, Mather Center home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490

Dr. Kahn from Stamford Health Systems will discuss Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease – otherwise known as REFLUX or Heartburn as well as other disorders of the digestive system.  The Doctor will help you understand symptoms and cover treatments, both over the counter and prescriptions.

AN EVENING WITH JULIA PHILLIPS, AUTHOR OF “DISAPPEARING EARTH’ 
Tuesday, October 15th, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Evoking the Kamchatka Peninsula at the northeastern edge of Russia, a fascinating region on the other side of the world, this suspenseful story announces the debut of a profoundly gifted writer. About the author: Julia Phillips is a Fulbright fellow whose writing has appeared in Glimmer TrainThe AtlanticSlate, and The Moscow Times. She lives in Brooklyn. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Barrett Bookstore.

COFFEE WITH A COP
Wednesday October 16th, 9:30am Mather Center home of 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.  Please join Sgt. Keri Isaac for a cup and some conversation. Coffee with a Cop provides a comfortable opportunity for positive officer-citizen engagements.

“NEW DAY” BEREAVEMENT PROGRAM AT SAINT THOMAS MORE IN DARIEN
Wednesday, October 16th, 7:30pm to 9:00pm, Saint Thomas More Church, 374 Middlesex Avenue, Annex
Why is it so unbearable for us when someone dies? Is there a way to cope and learn to feel that life can be good again ….peaceful, joyful? “New Day” is a nine-week program that will help you work through the necessary task of grieving. It is based on the premise that expressing one’s thoughts, feelings and experiences with others in similar situations is one of the most helpful ways to move beyond the pain caused by the death of a loved one. Saint Thomas More Church has offered this program each spring and fall, regularly, since the mid-1990’s. This non-denominational program is offered at no charge to all Darien residents and those in our surrounding communities. Trained and certified thanatology facilitators will conduct the seminar. The program is totally confidential and the privacy of all is protected.

OKTOBERFEST WITH RICHARD STILLMAN
Thursday, October 17th Lunch at Noon, Entertainment at 12:30pm, Mather Center home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Ach, Du Lieber!  A little bit of Germany comes to Darien! Richard Stillman will celebrate Oktoberfest in grand style by performing musical features including tap dancing to German waltzes, a musical washboard routine to the Lichtensteiner Polka, and a German Shuplatte Clog Dance. Bring your German Cowbells and enjoy the journey to an authentic German Oktoberfest!  Please make lunch reservations. 203-656-7490 

MEET COOKBOOK AUTHOR, ELLIE KRIEGERMEET
Thursday, October 17th, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Acclaimed best-selling author, nutritionist, and James Beard Award winner, Ellie Krieger, visits Darien Library to talk about her new book, WHOLE IN ONE: Complete, Healthy Meals in a Single Pot, Sheet Pan, or Skillet. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Barrett Bookstore.

2020 US CENSUS PRESENTATION
Tuesday, October 22nd, 12:30pm, Mather Center home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490

The 2020 US Census is coming!  A representative will provide accurate information about the upcoming 2020 Census and why it is critical that there is a complete and accurate count for Connecticut.  Learn why the 2020 Census is safe, easy, and important; how it is at the core of our democracy, mandated by the US Constitution, and how individuals can respond. The Decennial Census determines the allocation of federal dollars to Connecticut for its most important programs.

WOMEN AND THE CIVIL WAR: BRIEN BROWN
Thursday, October 24th, 12:30pm, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Rd, 203-656-7490
Author, Historian and Connecticut resident Brien Brown will present a program on how the Civil War impacted women.  

MY CREATIVE SPACE WITH LOCAL ARCHITECT DONALD M. RATTNER
Thursday, October 24th, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Donald M. Rattner is an award-winning residential architect and educator from Greenwich, CT, and he’s releasing a new book, My Creative Space (October 15, 2019), that draws on the latest psychology and productivity research to offer a practical guide to designing homes to optimize creative potential. 

MOM’S MORNING IN ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARADE IN DARIEN
Friday, October 25th, 10:00am, Meet at the parking lot next to the Darien Fire Station opposite Post Corner Pizza. Dress up your little ones/grandchildren and bring a bag for trick or treating at the doors of local Darien merchants, along the way to Tilley Pond. There will be snacks and a special show with magician “The Amazing Andy”,  His magical talents will amaze your child, and his wonderful antics and sleight of hand will keep even the youngest magic enthusiasts entertained. Special price of $5 per child. Reservations are not required. 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 HIGH LINE
Monday, October, 28th, 12:30pm, Mather Center home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road,  203-656-7490
The “High Line” is a one and a half mile long elevated railway line near the “Meatpacking District” on the Lower West Side of Manhattan. This long unused section of railway sat derelict and overgrown for decades and was slated for demolition. In 2006 work began re-purposing the structure as an urban park and today the High Line is an on-trend destination for locals and tourists, drawing near 5 million visitors annually. 

GOOD LIT, GOOD LIFE: FAMILY CENTERS, DARIEN
Wednesday, October 30th, 12:30pm, Mather Center home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Jacqueline Ofria, LMSW, a clinician with the Center for HOPE/Family Centers, shares a monthly (last Wednesday) literary treat (poem, story, philosophical or inspirational essay) as springboard into sharing personal 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. Exploring how creativity motivates, comforts, unsettles and keeps us on our toes. Sharing the stories which most move and keep us going, the ideas which nurture a good life and help us through tough times. 

CELEBRATE HOLLOWEEN WITH KENNY CAPPETTA
Thursday, October 31st Lunch ($5.00) Noon, Entertainment, 12:30pm, Mather Center home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Kenny Cappetta will sing some of your favorite hits and old standards, and a few spooky numbers to celebrate Halloween!  Dress in costume for a chance to win a “best costume” prize! So dust off your dancing shoes and enjoy an afternoon with music and friends.  The entertainment and costume judging will start right after lunch at 12:30pm.

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
www.athomeindarien.org
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