2 RENSHAW ROAD DARIEN, CT 06820 203.655.2227
 
 
 
NOVEMBER 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!
 

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

AT HOME IN DARIEN ANNUAL MEETING
Thursday, December 10th at 11:00am, via Zoom.  Registration details will be shared as soon as available. 
You are invited to attend At Home In Darien’s Board of Directors’ Virtual Annual Meeting, featuring Marie L. Allen, Executive Director, Southwestern CT Agency on Aging.  Ms. Allen will be speaking on:  Attitudes, Anxiety and Ageism in the Time of Covid-19.  Please visit the Special Events section of At Home In Darien’s website for more information.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
Our office will be closed:
Wednesday, November 11th for Veterans Day
Thursday and Friday, November 26th and 27th for Thanksgiving

NEWSLETTER WITH ACTIVITES
Please click here for a newsletter from Atria of Darien that contains trivia and puzzles.  If you would like to receive this newsletter on a monthly basis, please see the first page for more information.

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

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS
Many organizations are offering virtual programming during this time when we cannot safely gather, to provide information, education and support.  We have included a few interesting offerings, and you can visit the following sites for more programs and to register:
Darien Senior Center
Darien Library
Greenwich Hospital
AARP
Darien Community Association

FLU SHOTS IN THE SAFETY OF YOUR HOME
Griebs Pharmacy – Ongoing, Please call 203-655-1000
Griebs pharmacists will travel to your house with personal protective-equipment gear, and will use strict sanitizing procedures to safely inoculate members of your household.  While the cost of the flu shot is covered by insurance, there is an out-of-pocket expense for the in-person visit:  $15 per person if 3 or more household members are receiving the shot, and $20 per person if less than 3 household members receive the vaccine.

DARIEN LIBRARY – EXTENDED HOURS
Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 1pm to 5pm, 1441 Post Rd., Darien;  203-655-1234
With the announcement from Gov. Lamont that CT has entered Phase 3 of re-opening, Darien Library has extended its hours as follows: Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm, and Saturday from 1pm to 5pm.  The Second Level is available to visitors for up to four-hour sessions per person per day. This is the location of the Reference and Help Desks, public computer access, the Bloomberg Terminal, magazines, newspapers, the nonfiction collection, and tables for work.  Computer use is limited to one hour per day. Study and meeting rooms are currently not available.  For returns, the outdoor drop is open Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 5pm and the indoor drop is open on Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm.

NAVIGATING THE NEW NORMAL
Darien Channel 79 and on demand:  youtube.com/NCTV79
Darien and New Canaan TV Channel 79 have begun a new 6-part program series called “Navigating Today’s Normal: The Connected Mind & Body”.  Subjects include: Stress & Anxiety Management, Preventing Loneliness with Social Connectivity, and The Healthy Body & Mind Connection.  Each of the six 30 minute programs will be shown in 2-week increments on Darien Channel 79, and will be available on demand online at YouTube.com/NCTV79.  “Navigating the New Normal” features nationally known and state experts, as well as experienced local medical and mental health practitioners.  Each presenter will offer practical education plus positive mental and physical health practices and exercises.  There is a demonstration of simple at home exercises and techniques to manage life positively.  Each program concludes with several recommended resources for you to learn more about the subject or to connect with needed solutions.

DARIEN MEN’S CLUB
Weekly on Wednesdays, 10:20am to 12:00 pm, via Zoom.  See  https://dariendma.org/speakers/  for the speaker schedule. 
The Darien Men’s Association (DMA) hosts weekly virtual meetings featuring interesting speakers on a wide variety of topics, including history, law, science, government, the arts, and more.  If you are a man over 50, you are eligible to join DMA.  It is an open and welcoming organization.  In addition to speakers, DMA offers clubs including Book, Investments, Bridge, and Current Affairs.  All of the clubs are currently meeting over Zoom.  If you are interested in joining, please send a note to the membership chairman, Harry Bergen at Bercom100@gmail.com.

DARIEN FARMERS’ MARKET
Wednesdays through Thanksgiving, 10:00am – 3:00pm, Goodwives Shopping Center, Darien
Vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers, meat, poultry, bread and baked goods are offered for sale by CT farms, like Grazy Brothers (Oxford), Newgate (Windsor), Ox Hollow (Roxbury), Riverbank (Roxbury), Smith’s Acres (Niantic), Woodland (South Glastonbury) and by the Whistle Stop Bakery (Ridgefield) and Wave Hill Bread (Norwalk).

LAUGH OUT LOUD
Tuesday, November 3rd, 10:00am – 10:30am.  To register and receive the meeting link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
Laughter is really the best medicine when it comes to fortifying the immune system, oxygenating blood and getting those feel good endorphins pumping – so join in the fun by bringing a favorite joke or two into the session, and be prepared to laugh!

PULMUNARY DISEASE, IMPROVE BREATHING
Wednesday, November 4th, 11:00am to 12:00pm,  Zoom Video through Greenwich Hospital.  To register call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events. 
A brief and simple rundown on environmental factors and lifestyles changes that can be addressed to greatly improve your breathing. Exercise, sleep apnea, breathing techniques, weather, and general health topics will be addressed.

COVID AND TRAVEL: ARE YOU READY TO TRAVEL AGAIN?  
Wednesday, November 4th, 2:00pm – 3:00pm.  To register and receive the meeting link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
As airports and hotels are opening up and encouraging you to visit, you might be confused about traveling right now. What are airlines, hotels, cruises and transportation companies doing now to protect your health and safety, and gain your trust and confidence so you get back out there?  What are people looking for out of travel now? How can you still travel safely and what does travel look like after COVID? Join Tyler Zajacz President, and CEO of Tours of Distinction for a discussion about how COVID has changed travel.

BRAIN TEASERS WITH BETH
Friday, November 6th, 12:30pm – 1:00pm. To register and receive the meeting link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
One of the best ways to stay sharp and witty is to keep exercising your brain cells.  Puzzles and quizzes are a great resource and are enjoyable too!

BUILDING NEW YORK
Monday, November 9th and 16th, 3:00pm, over Zoom;  To register, visit:  https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/register/4634

Please join Mark Nunan for a two-part series about two major influences in the history of New York City.
Week One: Robert Moses made an indelible impression on New York City and State, and more broadly, influenced the national debate regarding the growth of the twentieth century metropolis. We will examine how he achieved this level of power and positioning, including some of his major projects that defined New York City and State. The impact of his work still impacts New York’s public infrastructure, regional transportation and logistics, public housing, parks and recreation, and other public works.
Week Two: Fiorello La Guardia is a transformative figure in US history, because he became a great city’s Mayor at a pivotal time and used his power to re-invent that city and create a model for others.  We will discuss his remarkable life with a view to better understanding his great impact on building a “new” New York City both physically and morally.

ALZHEIMERS’ KNOW THE EARLY SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Tuesday, November 10th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm.  To register and receive the meeting link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most devastating conditions affecting seniors. More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease. Difficulty completing tasks, confusion, memory loss that disrupts daily life, all may be symptoms of Alzheimer’s or other dementias.  Join Katie Vanovitch of Senior Helpers as we discuss the top warning signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s, and how to manage those symptoms.

COOKING SWEET POTATO GNOCCHI WITH MEGAN
Wednesday, November 11th, 11:00am, over Zoom; To register, visit: https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/register/4647

Join Megan, Registered Dietitian from Food Explorers to make Sweet Potato Gnocchi with a Brown Butter Sauce! This tasty recipe comes together in a flash, and you’ll have the chance to ask Megan any food or nutrition related questions you may have. Free of charge and open to the public.

STROKE EDUCATION SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesday, November 11th, 5:00pm TO 6:00pm,  Zoom Video through Greenwich Hospital.  To register call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events. 
Stroke is one of the most feared, life-threatening health problems. Whether you’re at risk for a stroke, have suffered a stroke or have a loved one who has suffered a stroke, this monthly online WEBINAR will offer valuable information on stroke-related topics including prevention, nutrition, safety and medication management. Also, it will provide health counseling and emotional support. The sessions are facilitated by a healthcare professional. This will be an interactive meeting.

MARK ALBERTSON PRESENTS TRIAL OF THE CENTURY: NUREMBERG
Friday, November 13th, 11:15am – 12:15 am.  To register and receive the meeting link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
This November marks the 75th anniversary of this significant event in international jurisprudence and the rule of law.  Be sure to join historian Mark Albertson for an informative history presentation about the Trial of the Century: Nuremberg.

ENJOYING THANKSGIVING IN TIMES OF COVID
Friday, November 13th, 2:00pm – 3:00pm.  To register and receive the meeting link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.

It is hard being unable to visit the homes of your family members or to have dinner together, especially on holidays like Thanksgiving. While social distancing is keeping us home, you can creatively recreate family dinners (even if you aren’t all in the same house or state!) with the help of technology and the power of your senses. You may not be able to be right next to them, but you can still catch up and feel like you are all sitting at the same table. Join Janine Oliva of Sheraton Homecare for this important program.

VIRTUAL COFFEE AND CONVERSATIONS WITH BETH & STACEY
Monday, November 16th, 10:00am – 10:30am.  To register and receive the meeting link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.

Grab your coffee or favorite beverage and connect with Beth and Stacey and your fellow Center members from the comfort of your home!  Let us know how you’ve been doing and help us brainstorm future programs!

ART CHAT
Tuesday, November 17th at 1:00pm.  To register and receive the meeting link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.

Join Mastering the Masters instructor and artist Christine Goldbach for a Zoom art class dealing with everything from how to hold a pencil to art history. Chris Goldbach will talk about art in all its forms. This one hour entertaining look into the wild and wide world of art will answer your questions and solve your art problems from a-z, abstraction to zinc white!   Enjoy this special approach to art. Play along with Chris, have your art supplies (any medium) handy and be ready to explore. All are welcome.

COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS DURING THE HOLDAY SEASON
Wednesday, November 18th, 10:00am – 11:00 am.  To register and receive the meeting link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.

Join Sheila Russo, LCSW of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County as we embark on exploring how we can expand and share our unique talents and gifts?  We will discuss ways to get outside our comfort zone and make a meaningful contributions.

THANKFUL FOR YOU THANKSGIVING DRIVE THROUGH DINNER
Wednesday, November 18th, 11:45am.  To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.

Enjoy the musical stylings of Steve Avitabile as you pick up your hearty feast.  This year’s fest includes Roasted Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Pan Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Green Beans Almondine, Roll with Butter, and Pumpkin Pie.

STORIES FROM THE ATTIC: THE VETERANS EDITION
Wednesday, November 18th, 2:00pm – 3:00pm. To register and receive the meeting link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.

The search and discovery of these little known nuggets of our nation’s history is what Greg Van Antwerp has turned into a series of presentations called “Stories From The Attic.” Hear about some of his best discoveries and the stories behind them.

CAREGIVER EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, November 19th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm.  To register and receive the meeting link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
Caregiving is stressful in ordinary times and in these times even more so.  A helpful topic will be discussed briefly then participants may bring up concerns and challenges that they are facing. We want this group to be beneficial in assisting you in your caregiving tasks while receiving some much needed support!

MAKING THE MET
Thursday, November 19th, 7:00 pm, over Zoom; To register, visit: https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/4649

Darien Library welcomes back Page Knox on a virtual look at Making the Met, 1870-2020 which is the centerpiece of the Met’s 150th anniversary celebrations. Intended to open one week after the museum closed its doors in March, the show is the focus of the Met’s reopening and commemorates its history and collections over the last 150 years. Organized around pivotal moments in the evolution of the institution, the exhibition calls attention to visionary individuals and cultural forces that encouraged the Met to move in new directions, very relevant considering that we are in one of those moments as we speak!

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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