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MARCH 2019

SAVE THE DATE – 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Friday, May 10th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, The Country Club of Darien, 300 Mansfield Avenue
At Home In Darien is celebrating 10 years of providing meaningful services to seniors.  Please plan to join us for a special anniversary fundraiser to honor individuals who have contributed to the success of At Home In Darien.  We will also host a town-wide celebration September 29th at Weed Beach.  Details coming soon.

DEMENTIA FRIENDS SESSIONS
Tuesday, March 26th at 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
Monday, April 8th, 12:30pm, Mather Center – Home of Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road

Become a Dementia Friend!
Being a Dementia Friend simply means learning more about dementia, putting yourself in the shoes of someone living with the condition, and helping in small ways. Small gestures, such as spreading the word about Dementia Friends, or visiting someone living with the illness, can help make our community Dementia Friendly. Anyone can be a Dementia Friend! Each Information Session lasts about one hour and will teach you how to make Darien a dementia friendly community. Please RSVP by calling At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227 or email info@AtHomeInDarien.org

CHICAGO THE MUSICAL 
Tuesday, March 26th, 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 7:00 pm performance.  Seniors can be conveniently picked up at their homes, and returned home 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.

HEALTHY LIVING FOR YOUR BRAIN AND BODY
An educational program by the Alzheimer’s Association hosted by At Home In Darien in partnership with the Mather Center – Home of Senior Programs
Tuesday, April 30th, 12:00pm lunch, 12:30pm program at the Mather Center – Home of Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road
For centuries we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected.  But now, science has shown how certain lifestyle choices may help keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to hear more about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement.  Learn some hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. Presented by Shanon Jordan, Southwestern Regional Director, Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter.
Free program and lunch for all Darien Seniors. RSVP by April 23rd – space is limited, please respond early to ensure a seat, 203-655-2227 or info@AtHomeInDarien.org

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME
Please remember to turn your clocks forward 1 hour on Sunday, March 10th.

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. 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.

 

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

 

EXERCISE CLASSES
Mather Center Home of Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Anyone concerned with quality of life as they age needs to know that exercise is one of the keys, and it’s never too late to start.  Darien Senior Programs offers wonderful exercise programs like Qigong, Tai Chi, Ballet, Aerobics, Yoga, Feldenkrais, Sittercise, Pilates, Zumba, Chair Yoga, Chair Dance and more. It’s time to take charge of your own comfort and discard the movement patterns that hold you back. The weekly schedule of classes is available online at www.darienct.gov/content/28025/28847/default.aspx

SPRING CLASSES
January – May, Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-655-8683
The Darien Arts Center is offering a series of adult classes in visual arts, music, dance and martial arts. Classes are held in the Town Hall building. Spring classes include: Playwriting (Mondays 7:00pm), Ballet (Mondays 9:45am and Fridays 10:00am), Adult Martial Arts (Tuesdays 10:45am), Watercolor Painting (Tuesdays 9:30am), Yoga (Thursdays 11:30am), Pop Pilates (Mondays 7:00pm), Scene Study (Thursdays), an Oil Painting Workshop, and private music lessons. Registration is required for spring courses, and is open now.   For more information visit www.darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683.

TAX PREPARATION AND ASSISTANCE
Fridays through April 12th, 9:00am – 3:30pm 
Saturdays through April 13th 9:00am – 1:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
IRS-Certified Trained AARP volunteer tax aides are available to local residents of all ages and incomes at no charge. The nation’s largest, free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service is available to all individual filers regardless of income or age. Started in 1968 and, since 1980, this service has operated under a cooperative agreement with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). If married, both husband and wife should be present. Certain forms and personal and financial documents are required. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 203-669-5236.
Mondays through April 15th, 9:00am – 1:00pm at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
AARP/IRS/VITA volunteer tax assistance program will be available to the Darien community. This is a no cost, full service program with special attention to seniors and low to moderate income households. Tax preparation and electronic filing of state and federal returns will be offered. Appointments are highly suggested 203-656-7490.

MUSIC IN THE STACKS: THE NEW BLUE
Sunday, March 3rd, 5:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
In the fall of 1969, a group of new Yalies set out to revolutionize a cappella music. They brought a new and powerful tool to the table: the female voice. These eleven pioneering women founded The New Blue, Yale’s first women’s a cappella group and oldest women’s organization of any kind.

AN INTEGRATIVE APPROACH TO MIGRAINE HEADACHES
Tuesday, March 5th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm at Long Ridge Medical Center, 260 Long Ridge Road, Stamford, 203-846-3483
Anyone suffering from chronic migraines knows these headaches can be debilitating. Hear how multidisciplinary treatment addressing diet, medication and lifestyle provides a powerful approach to prevent and relieve migraine pain.  Register online at www.greenwichhospital.org/events

WOMEN’S LUNCHEONS: “ACTIVE TRAVEL ADVENTURES” FEATURING BACKROADS
Tuesday, March 5th, 12:15pm – 2:00pm at Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road, 203-655-9050
Heidi Sheldon has been traveling actively since her first adventure with her husband in 1988 when they climbed Mount Ararat in Eastern Turkey. Now a regional sales manager for Backroads and Darien resident, Heidi enjoys traveling throughout the US and Canada sharing her passion for active travel. Come learn about this unique travel trend that takes you hiking and biking all over the globe while combining cultural encounters, exceptional cuisine and destination hotels into unique itineraries. Whether history buff, photography enthusiast, spa devotee, or wine connoisseur, Backroads’ unique formula combines options and support so travelers of all ages are able to travel at their own pace and enjoy the outdoors on their own terms. Men are welcome, too! Luncheon will be provided by Michael Joseph’s Catering. DCA members $20, Public $35. Prepayment is required by noon on Monday, March 4. Click for online registration.

STORYTELLING FOR GROWN-UPS
Tuesday, March 5th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Stories aren’t just for younger listeners. Grown-ups of all ages have rediscovered the magic that takes place between tellers and listeners when a folktale, legend, or personal story is shared. Our circle is open to professional tellers, first-timers, amateurs, and of course, listeners. You will experience a broad range of prepared tales from around the world and right here in your own neighborhood. Our community of storytellers looks forward to welcoming you!

PARKS AND RECREATION PROGRAM REGISTRATION AND BEACH PERMITS
Beginning Wednesday, March 6th at Darien Parks and Recreation, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7325
The Darien Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce that registration for 2019 spring & summer programs, as well as the sale of 2019 beach permits, will begin on Wednesday, March 6th.  Darien residents aged 65 and older are entitled to one beach permit free of charge with proof of valid vehicle registration.  Additionally permits are available for $45.  

GARDEN CLUB OF DARIEN: PLEASURE THROUGH PLANTS
Wednesday March 6th, 10:00am at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Volunteers with the Garden Club of Darien’s Pleasure through Plants program will host a wonderful cut flower arranging group.  Flowers are generously donated by the Garden Club. Participants will finish with a beautiful arrangement to bring home free of charge. Space is limited and fills up quickly so please call to sign-up.

GUIDED PLAY MAH JONGG
Wednesdays, March 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th, 9:30am – 12:00pm, Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road, 203-655-9050   
You’ve learned to play American Mah Jongg, and you’re hooked. Here’s the chance to meet other players and benefit from consistent play. This four week session will offer lots of playing time and the chance to sharpen your game, with instructor Donna Holt on hand to oversee play. She will be available to help with all aspects of the game, from choosing your hand, to guiding the group through any rules or etiquette questions that arise. Come meet others mad for Mah Jongg and build your confidence with a seasoned teacher in an encouraging atmosphere. Please bring your 2019 card to each class. DCA members $70/ public $85  PLEASE NOTE: Players should already be familiar with both rules of play and and the NMJL card. Prepayment is required by Monday, March 4. Minimum enrollment applies.  Click for online registration.

LIVING YOUR BEST WITH MS
Wednesday, March 6th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm at Long Ridge Medical Center, 260 Long Ridge Road, Stamford, 203-846-3483
Get the newest information about health and wellness regarding multiple sclerosis. If you have wondered which vitamins and diets work best for MS, we’ll sort fact from fad to help manage this condition. Register online at www.greenwichhospital.org/events

VISITING NURSE AND HOSPICE OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY: BONE HEALTH – STAYING STRONG
Wednesday, March 6th, Complimentary Lunch –  12:00pm, Program – 12:30pm, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-655-7490
Bone loss is inevitable as we age and can cause osteoporosis.  Katherine Lasberg of VNH will discuss reducing these risks by a healthy dies, supplements, and exercise.

JAZZ: FROM NEW ORLEANS TO THE SWING ERA – FOUR WEEK SERIES
Wednesdays, March 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Historians often trace the origin of jazz to early 20th century New Orleans where European, African, and other musical elements created a fertile environment for innovation. Within a few decades, this new musical idiom had become an international phenomenon. Perhaps most famous among the early figures was Louis Armstrong, a cornetist and trumpeter whose approach to improvisation continues to be studied today. By the 1930’s, jazz orchestras under the direction of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and others performed a style that became interwoven with dance and popular culture. This “Big Band Era” culminated in a landmark moment when Benny Goodman conducted his jazz orchestra on the hallowed stage of Carnegie Hall.

TONY CASTLE AND PATSY SHORE
Thursday, March 7th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
This talented duo will have you singing along to popular songs from Patsy Cline, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, and more.  Lunch ($5.00) will be served at noon and entertainment (free of charge) will begin at 12:30pm.

“A PHYSICIAN TALK ABOUT HEALTHY AGING”
Thursday, March 7th, 5:30pm at Waveny LifeCare Network, 3 Farm Road, New Canaan
Join Stamford Health Geriatrician, Dr. Tzivia Moreen, for a discussion and Q&A about healthy aging and optimizing quality of life for older adults. This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP: development@waveny.org or 203-594-5416

STUDIO SHOWCASE SERIES
Sunday, March 10th, 5:00pm – 6:00pm at Darien Library 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Darien Library and pianist Zachary Saffa will 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 can have a transformative effect on a student’s musicianship, perspective, and character. March’s showcase will focus on “Ma Mere L’Oye” by Maurice Ravel. Translated to Mother Goose, this piece is the definitive music for those fairy tales. A suite for four-hands piano in five movements, each based on a fairy tale: Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, Empress of the Pagodas, Beauty and the Beast, and The Fairy Garden. Zach will be joined on piano by Rebekah Chae.

STRETCHLAB NEW CANAAN: COMPLIMENTARY PERSONAL STRETCHING OPEN TO EXERCISE CLASS PARTICIPANTS
Monday, March 11th, 9:15am – 1:00pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Tight shoulders?  Sore hamstrings? Neck tension? StretchLab can help! One on one stretching is about identifying tightness and imbalances in your body and customizing a stretch routine that is just for you. A proper stretching routine over time will increase your range of motion and flexibility – making everyday tasks easier and improving your quality of life. Stretching helps to alleviate muscle tension reducing pain in sore areas and reduces joint pain, and also helps in injury and pain prevention. StretchLab will be offering two flexoligists with stretching tables in room 209 to offer complimentary personal stretching before or after exercise classes.

COFFEE WITH A COP
Wednesday, March 13th, 9:15am at 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, some conversation and a comfortable opportunity for positive officer-citizen engagements.

CT PHARMACY: THYROID HEALTH
Wednesday, March 13th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
It is estimated that almost 60 million Americans have a thyroid problem, and the majority of these people don’t know it yet.  The thyroid, a gland located in the neck, is the master gland of metabolism. When your thyroid doesn’t function, it can affect every aspect of your health and in particular, weight, depression, and energy levels.  Undiagnosed thyroid problems can dramatically increase your risk of obesity, heart disease, depression, anxiety, hair loss, and a host of other symptoms and health problems. Diane Corba of CT Pharmacy will explain in detail the issues faced when struggling with thyroid problems.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION: RICHARD STILLMANS IRISH DUO
Thursday, March 14th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-65-7490
Wear your green and be a “little Irish”. Richard Stillman and his Irish Duo will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – there will be Irish music, storytelling and step dancing all accompanied by bagpipes, mandolin, banjo, and guitar!  Richard is a Broadway actor, musician, singer and dancer. A delicious corned beef lunch will be served to complete this festive day. Please sign up in advance as this is sure to be a popular event!

PREVENT TYPE 2 DIABETES LIFESTYLE CHANGE PROGRAM
Begins Friday, March 15th, 10:30am at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-655-7490
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 $675.00 free of charge to qualifying pre-diabetic candidates. Please note that a qualifying questionnaire will need to be filled out prior to the beginning of the program.

DARIEN HIGH SCHOOL CORE GROUP
Friday, March 15th, 11:15am at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-655-7490
The Darien High School CORE students are returning to enjoy the opportunity to explore the differences and the likenesses between themselves and seniors.  There will be some some great questions to start off the conversations.

CENTER FOR VEIN RESTORATION: CAUSES AND SYMPTOMS OF VEIN INSUFFICIENCY
Tuesday, March 19th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-655-7490
Chronic venous insufficiency (or CVI) is the most common vascular condition in the United States. A product of malfunctioning venous valves, it causes blood to gather in the veins, placing greater pressure on them. It most often affects the lower legs, but it can occur in any vein in the body. CVI is a chronic disorder that requires active treatment. Fortunately, a number of effective remedies are easily available, from basic lifestyle adjustments to minimally invasive procedures designed to eliminate the problem altogether.  Dr. Edelman of the Center for Vein Restoration will present a program on the causes and symptoms of venous insufficiency and provide time for questions.

CURRENT EVENTS DISCUSSION GROUP: VENEZUELA
Tuesday, March 19th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
The group will focus on the present situation in Venezuela and discuss how it presents both hemispheric and global strategic dilemmas. Venezuela is of overriding significance to Washington, D.C. both because it has massive crude reserves and oil is still typically priced in dollars. To register for this program, please call 203-669-5236.

TAI CHI FOR MUSCOSKELETAL ISSUES, PAIN & STRESS
Wednesday, March 20th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm at Long Ridge Medical Center, 260 Long Ridge Road, Stamford, 203-846-3483
An interactive discussion demonstrating some concepts of Tai Chi and researched insights on combining eastern and western perspectives on managing chronic pain due to osteoarthritis, low-back pain, fibromyalgia, stress and other conditions.  Register online at www.greenwichhospital.org/events

CAREGIVER EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesday, March 20th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-655-7490
If you are caregiving a family member or friend with multiple needs especially Dementia of the Alzheimer’s type, you will find information and resources to assist you.  For more information please contact Beth Paris, Senior Programs Director at 203 656-7490.

WEDNESDAY MATINEE: “GREEN BOOK”
Wednesday, March 20th, 1:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

COOKIE MARTINI: LAUGHTER IS STILL THE BEST MEDICINE
Thursday, March 21st, 11:00am at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-655-7490
Laughter is still the best medicine. For decades, researchers have explored how humor helps patients relieve stress and heal. Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. In addition to the domino effect of joy and amusement, laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.

WRITE YOUR FAMILY HISTORY NOW
Saturday, March 23rd, 2:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Whether you know a lot about your family tree or you’ve just embarked on your genealogy journey, you can begin to write your family’s story right now! Get practical, creative ideas for planning, organizing, and writing a personalized family history that focuses on one ancestor or family, one heirloom or photo, or one occasion. Learn how to look for the dramatic moments and descriptive details that reveal turning points and show the context of your ancestors’ lives. You’ll be inspired and encouraged to tell your family’s story with a clear, engaging narrative and finishing touches like old photos, timelines, and maps.

“SAFE MEDICATION USE & MINIMIZING POLYPHARMACY”
Tuesday, March 26th, 5:30pm at Waveny LifeCare Network, 3 Farm Road, New Canaan, CT
Waveny LifeCare Network welcomes you for an important discussion about realities and consequences of polypharmacy – the concurrent use of multiple medications by a single individual, commonly experienced by older adults. Sponsored by Procare Pharmacy, this event is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP: development@waveny.org or 203.594.5416

READ AND TELL: GOOD LIT, GOOD LIFE
Wednesday, March 27th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-655-7490
Join Nina Smeriglio, a clinician with the Center for HOPE/Family Centers, Darien, for a monthly (last Wednesday) literary treat (poem, story, philosophical or inspirational essay) as 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 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!

SOUND DIRECTIONS DRUMMING CIRCLE
Thursday, March 28th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-655-7490
Randy Brody will facilitate this interactive, recreational music-making program.  Through Drum Circles participants can feel a sense of community and enjoy some social interaction.  The act of drumming can be an excellent upper body exercise and can stimulate the heart. Group drumming in particular builds community, lifts spirits, releases stress, and strengthens the immune system.  Best of all – no experience is necessary to participate! Randy is a music educator, therapeutic drummer, and HealthRhythms facilitator. He has been facilitating rhythm based workshops and leading music therapy programs for over 27 years.  Randy is joined by Ray Simonelli, a trained assistant.  Sign up is a must, as space is limited to 20 participants.

ASK AN ATTORNEY
Friday, March 29th, 10:00am at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-655-7490
Nedder and Associates LLC will be available for 15 minute private appointments at Mather Center.  An attorney will answer questions regarding power of attorney, living wills, trusts, guardianships, disability planning, IRA custodianships, and wills just to name a few. Please sign up as appointments fill quickly. 

IRENA SENDER: RESCUING THE RESCUER
Sunday, March 31st, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Darien Library presents Libby Skala, winner of the London Fringe’s Best Solo Performer Award, in her new solo show, a heroic intergenerational story about the power of one person to effect change in the world. Music is composed and performed by Steve May. Refreshments will be served.

ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Darien Human Services, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7328
For customers who heat with oil, you have until 3/14/19 to apply.  For customers who heat with electric, gas or propane, you have until 5/1/19 to apply.  Assets and income limits apply. For an appointment, please call Human Services, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm, at 203-656-7328.

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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