2 RENSHAW ROAD DARIEN, CT 06820 203.655.2227
MONTHLY CALENDAR OF EVENTS
 
 
 

JANUARY 2021

 

AT HOME IN DARIEN UPDATE
Happy New Year! 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!

FRIENDLY SHOPPER PROGRAM
With the arrival of Winter and increasing rates of COVID-19, we want to ensure that all of Darien’s seniors are able to safely obtain groceries.  Please reach out to us at 203-655-2227 if you are unable to get groceries on your own, do not have family or friends who can help, and if you cannot order groceries on-line.  If you are able to volunteer to safely grocery shop for a senior, we would love to hear from you.  

MEMBERSHIP CARD OFFERS
Our Membership Card Offers have been updated for the Winter, and can be found on our website by clicking here.   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.

STOP & SHOP COMMUNITY BAG PROGRAM
We are excited to share that At Home In Darien has been selected to be a part of the Stop & Shop Community Bag Program, which is designed to make it easy for customers to contribute to their local community while supporting the environment. For the month of January, each time a $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at the Stop & Shop located in the Goodwives Shopping Center in Darien, $1 will be donated to At Home In Darien.

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 CLOSINGS
Our office will be closed:
Thursday, December 31st for New Years Eve
Friday, January 1st for New Year’s Day
Monday, January 18th for Martin Luther King Day

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

COVID-19 VACCINES
The Darien Health Department will be announcing Covid-19 vaccination clinics.  Information will be shared as soon as possible on the Town website: www.darienct.gov.

BOOMERS TO ZOOMERS
Monday, January 4th, 11th and 25th, 10:00am to 12:00pm.  Call Darien Senior Programs for an appointment at 203-656-7490.
Do you want to learn how to use Zoom?  Need help learning how to FaceTime your friends or family from your iPad? Darien Senior Program’s capable and patient volunteer Michelle is available to help answer these tech questions and more.   
 
LAUGH OUT LOUD
Monday, January 4th, 1:00pm via Zoom.  To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 or email sjohnson@darienct.gov. You can also join in from your phone.
Laughter is really the best medicine when it comes to fortifying the immune system, oxygenating blood and getting those feel good endorphins pumping.  Join in the fun by bringing a favorite joke or two, and be prepared to laugh! 

 
PLEASURE THROUGH PLANTS GRAB-N-GO KIT
Tuesday, January 5th, 10:30am pick-up. Reserve your kit by calling Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. 
The Darien Senior Center has a
limited number of grab-n-go kits for its Pleasure through Plants activity, which is sponsored by The Garden Club of Darien.  Each kit contains all the materials you need to create your one of a kind project.  Darien members only please.
 
NEW YEAR NEW YOU
Wednesday, January 6th, 11:00am via Zoom. To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 or email sjohnson@darienct.gov
With the beginning of the New Year, there’s a certain hopeful excitement and anticipation of a fresh start, even in COVID times.  What will your New Year’s resolutions be, and how will you maintain it? You may resolve to make healthy lifestyle changes to improve your wellbeing,  change your relationships with others, and perhaps change the paths our lives will take. Join Heather Gately from Home Instead for a lively discussion on how to make and keep your resolutions. 

BRAIN POWER: REWIRING YOUR BRAIN FOR A HAPPIER, HEALTHIER YOU
Thursday, January 7th, 7:00pm via Zoom.  To register visit:  https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/4701
New year, new brain! Make a resolution to improve your brain. Science has shown that our brains are constantly changing throughout our lives. Understanding some basic features of the brain and how it works can help you to rewire your brain so that you are happier and healthier. 

BRAIN TEASERS WITH BETH
Friday, January 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th, 1:00pm via Zoom.  To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 or email sjohnson@darienct.gov. You can also join from your phone. 
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 enjoyable too.  Join in for a fun memory boost.

GOTHS, GARGOYLES AND GOD:  THE BUILDING OF THE MAGNIFICENT MEDIEVAL CATHEDRALS OF WESTERN EUROPE 1100-1500 AD
Tuesday, January 12th, 12pm; To register visit: https://aarp.cvent.com/GothicJan12
Presented by Dr. Richard Benfield, CCSU Professor of Geography (retired), this session will look at the early antecedents of medieval church building.  Join this virtual, interactive discussion with Dr. Benfield as he shares the finest examples of these Cathedrals in Wells, Salisbury and Gloucester in England, Paris, Amiens, Rouen and Chartres.  Find out the splendor and secrets of what happed to make these wonders of architecture rise over two hundred feet and how they look today, a thousand years later.  Learning about communities in the past can inform communities of the present. 
 
ADVANCE DIRECTIVES
Tuesday, January 12th, 1:00pm via Zoom.  To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 or email sjohnson@darienct.gov. You can also join from your phone. 
Explore the concept of preparing health care decisions regarding your personal medical care with Ann Fowler-Cruz, Principal of the law firm of Cohen and Wolf.  Advance directives can help guide your family and your healthcare provider to honor your wishes should you ever be in a situation where you are unable to communicate for yourself. Learn about living wills, power of attorney, and how to prepare advance directives. Sponsored by Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County.

UNDERSTANDING AND INTERPRETING HISTORY: PRESENTED BY MARK ALBERTSON
Wednesday, January 13th, 10:00am via Zoom.  To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 or email sjohnson@darienct.gov.  You can also join from your phone. 
This talk focuses on events in history, and seeks to illuminate results that have been misunderstood or perhaps even latent.  Examples will include: how the area we call Iraq affected the growth of America in the 19th century, the true meaning of D-Day, June 6, 1944, the essence of Domino Theory, and the true meaning of the Louisiana Purchase.  In an effort to stimulate critical thinking and conversation on history, accepted beliefs on these topics will be questioned and discussed. 

FAD DIETS: WHY THEY DON’T WORK AND WHAT TO DO INSTEAD
Wednesday, January 13th, 7:00pm, via Zoom.  To register visit: https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/4717
Join Megan, Registered Dietitian from Food Explorers, to learn how to start the New Year off in a healthy way. No more calorie counting or juice cleanses.  Learn how to determine if a diet is fad or fact. You will also have the chance to cook along and make a delicious lunch-prep recipe: Sweet Potato Fajita Bowls with Guacamole.  You’ll need the following ingredients: 1-2 sweet potatoes, 1 red onion, 1 pepper, olive oil, 1 avocado, 1 lime, salt, brown rice (or white rice, quinoa, carrot, etc), plus optional seasonings like: cumin, paprika, chili powder.
 
BINGO
Thursday, January 14th, 10:00am via Zoom.  To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 or email sjohnson@darienct.gov.
Make an appointment to go to the Senior Center to pick up Bingo Cards and dabber by January 11th.  Prizes will be awarded.  Spots are limited, so call today.

COPING IN THE AGE OF COVID: DON’T NAVIGATE ALONE 
Thursday, January 14th, 12:30pm; To register visit: https://aarp.cvent.com/DMHASJan14
Erin Leavitt-Smith, Asst. Director Statewide Services from the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS) in CT, will walk you through the support systems in place for families and individuals when it comes to coping with the stress brought on by living in the age of COVID.  Learn about the CT resources and people around the state who offer support where you live.

PAINT PARTY GRAB-N-GO KIT
Tuesday, January 19th, 1:00pm via Zoom.  To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.  Spots are limited.
Join Artist Audra D’Agostino, Art Therapist from Sheraton Homecare, to create your very own winter wonderland painting.  No experience needed to enjoy this virtual paint party. Audra will teach you step-by-step. In the end, you will have a lot of fun, good laughs, and your own painting to keep and hang up in your cozy home all winter long. All materials are included and will need to be picked up at Darien Senior Programs by January 15th. 

 
POSITIVE POETRY
Wednesday, January 20th, 10:00am via Zoom.  To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 or email sjohnson@darienct.gov
According to The National Association of Poetry Therapy, waxing poetic or speaking in a lyrical manner, may foster health and well-being.  The use of poetry for therapeutic purposes goes back to primitive rites in which shamans would chant poems for the welfare of an individual or the tribe.  Join Beth to share some poetry to lift the spirits, and express positive thoughts and feelings.  Maybe try writing some poetry of your own.

CUT THE CORD: HOW TO TELL YOUR CABLE COMPANY TO TAKE A HIKE!
Wednesday, January 20th, 7:00pm, via Zoom.  To register, visit: https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/4716
“Cut the Cord” is an entertaining community presentation meant to help cable-TV customers break the expensive and often frustrating cable service cycle and gain lower costs, greater control and a vastly expanded selection of entertainment and communication choices. Attendees will learn how to get out of a cable service agreement, find and negotiate the best internet/broadband access deal, and get started with streaming services for a vast range of entertainment options, many of which are free.

EMILY DICKINSON’S GARDENING LIFE
Thursday, January 21st, 10:00am, via Zoom.  To register, visit: https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/4698
Darien Library welcomes author of “Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life”, Marta McDowell. In addition to writing poetry, Emily Dickinson, the Belle of Amherst, was a gardener. She cultivated flowers on her father’s property and in the glass conservatory that he added to the Homestead. Marta McDowell will explore Dickinson’s gardens through excerpts of her letters and poems, and historic and modern images of her garden.

CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER
Thursday, January 21st, 1:00pm via Zoom.  To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 or email sjohnson@darienct.gov. You can also join from your phone.
Caregiving is stressful in ordinary times, and in these times, even more so.  Beth Paris, Gerontologist, will share tips and ideas that could be beneficial in assisting you in your caregiving tasks, while receiving some much needed support.

 
FRAUD FIGHTING FOURTH FRIDAYS: INVESTMENT SCAMS 
Friday, January 22nd, 10:00am; To register, visit: https://aarp.cvent.com/FFFFJan22Invest
Fraud Fighting Fourth Fridays, powered by AARP CT and the Coalition for Elder Justice in CT,  shines a light on the scams taking place in your community. This month the focus is on investment scams.  Learn the red flags and prevention methods to managing your financial future from the CT Department of Banking financial examiner Kelly Lent. She will walk through cases and scenarios that have led people down a road of false promises to empty bank accounts. 
 
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, A WOMAN FOR ALL SEASONS, PRESENTED BY MARK ALBERTSON
Wednesday, January 27th, 10:00am via Zoom.  To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 or email sjohnson@darienct.gov.
President Harry Truman once observed, “Eleanor Roosevelt was not America’s First Lady, but the First Lady of the world.”  This talk will span this most fascinating character’s life from October 1884 to her death in November 1962.  Mrs. Roosevelt helped set the standard for her fellow Americans to follow with regards to helping the unemployed, fighting racial discrimination, and improving the lot of women.  Ms. Roosevelt also showed that a myriad of accomplishments are possible in the face of adversity. 

COVID-19 VACCINES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Wednesday, January 27th, 2:00pm via Zoom.  To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 or email sjohnson@darienct.gov
Margarita Shapiro, RN at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, will discuss which vaccines have been approved and how they work, what are the benefits, possible side effects, who should not get the vaccine and more.

THE BASICS OF INVESTING
Wednesday, January 27th, 7:00pm, via Zoom.  To register visit:  https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/4653
Do you want to feel more confident when it comes to investing?  Do not allow unfamiliar terms like “mid cap value fund”  intimidate you. The basics of investing are easy to grasp. This webinar is a great place to start to understand stocks, bonds, mutual funds, CDs, money markets, and the language of investing. This webinar will also cover key concepts like compound interest and risk.
 
AARP CT WEBINAR WEDNESDAY:  GETTING TO KNOW YOUR AREA AGENCY ON AGING 
Wednesday, January 27th, 7:00pm; To register, visit https://aarp.cvent.com/Jan27AAA
Join a conversation with one of the 5 Area Agencies on Aging in CT that offer families a way to navigate programs, services and decisions needed to move through the stages of life as we age.  Learn about their service options, respite care programs, as well as how they can be a resource in making decisions as a family caregiver. 
 
GETTING BACK TO HEALTHY EATING
Thursday, January 28th, 1:00pm via Zoom.  To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 or email sjohnson@darienct.gov
Kick-start 2021 with healthy eating. It’s been a long 2020 and you might be feeling that “COVID 15” after the holidays. Enjoying the special holiday foods and treats are traditions we really needed during the pandemic. Bernadette Plescia from Sturges Ridge will share her healthy tips and healthy recipes to help you get ready for spring!  

CAREGIVER ROADSHOW FOR CT FAMILIES
Thursday, January 28th, 6:00pm; To register, visit: https://aarp.cvent.com/BenchCTJan28
This event is hosted by Benchmark Senior Living and offers a journey through the experiences of family caregivers, the backbone of our health care system.  Learn about support for caregivers and care recipients, as well as choices to live safely and independently.  Learn to navigate and connect to resources to gain an understanding of care options and costs.

 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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